|Song by King Crimson|
|from the album In the Court of the Crimson King|
|Released||12 October 1969|
|Recorded||30 July 1969|
|Single by King Crimson|
|from the album A Young Person's Guide to King Crimson|
|B-side||"21st Century Schizoid Man"|
|King Crimson singles chronology|
"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.
The song is noted for its heavy use of the Mellotron,. As with the album's first track, "21st Century Schizoid Man", the song's lyrics have a distinctly dystopian feel to them and are presented as a protest to the Cold War.
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.
- "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)
- 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
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