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King Crimson

21st Century Schizoid Man (10:03)

21st Century Schizoid Man is a song by King Crimson. The song's lyrics consist of a short poem with one or more metaphors in every line. The guitar solo of the song was number 82 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Guitar Solos"

The song makes reference to the Vietnam War as exemplified in the lyric "innocents raped with napalm fire" and "politicians' funeral pyre." Before a live performance of the song on 14 December…

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  • I can't believe how much difference in sound quality is between the original mix and the remastered 2004+ versions. I considered the entire album one of the best prog rock yet worst sounding--until now.
  • I DID hear it in 69 neodude at the age of 13...hard to believe when everyone was listening to Elton John and bubblegum pop, that I would wind the dial to find any FM station playing this music...and the rest is prog rock history.
  • This always makes me want to go out and be a hooker
  • Imaging hearing this in 69BC
  • Fripp tearin up the guitar.
  • Wosrt song on the album but still not a bad song!
  • I bought this for the cover - is that wrong?
  • Damn, I miss album covers.
  • I heard this song in '69

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