|Single by King Crimson|
|from the album In the Court of the Crimson King|
|B-side||"21st Century Schizoid Man"|
|Released||12 October 1969|
|Recorded||30 July 1969|
|King Crimson singles chronology|
|In the Court of the Crimson King track listing|
"Epitaph" is the third track on British progressive rock band King Crimson's 1969 album In the Court of the Crimson King. It was written by Robert Fripp, Ian McDonald, Greg Lake, and Michael Giles with lyrics written by Peter Sinfield.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer would later incorporate an excerpt from this song after the "Battlefield" portion of the live version of their song "Tarkus", from the Tarkus album, as documented in the live album Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen.
The song reflects the fears of the time, in particular a nuclear apocalypse, and the confusion and despair of the narrator as a result.
- Robert Fripp – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
- Greg Lake – bass guitar, vocals
- Ian McDonald – Mellotron, harpsichord, piano, flute, organ, clarinet, bass clarinet
- Michael Giles – drums, percussion, timpani
- Peter Sinfield – lyrics
- "Epitaph" (including "March for No Reason" and "Tomorrow and Tomorrow") (Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield)
- "21st Century Schizoid Man" (including "Mirrors") (Fripp, Giles, Lake, McDonald, Sinfield)
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- Holm-Hudson, Kevin (2008). Genesis and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Ashgate Publishing. ISBN 0754661393.
- Macan, Edward (1997). Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195098870.
- Martin, Bill (1998). Listening to the Future: The Time of Progressive Rock, 1968-1978. Open Court Publishing. ISBN 081269368X.
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