Moonchild (King Crimson song)
|Song by King Crimson|
|from the album In the Court of the Crimson King|
|Released||12 October 1969|
|Recorded||31 July 1969|
|In the Court of the Crimson King track listing|
The first section, "The Dream", is a mellotron-driven ballad, but after two and a half minutes it changes to a completely free-form instrumental improvisation by the band (called "The Illusion"), which lasts until the end of the song. Robert Fripp plays a snippet of "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top" (from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!") in this section. In the 2009 remastered version of the album, the track was edited by Fripp and colleague Steven Wilson, with around 2.30 minutes of the original improvisation (the reference by Fripp to "The Surrey With the Fringe on Top") being removed. This issue of the album does, however, offer the original version as a bonus track.
After having been rehearsed in 2013-2014 by King Crimson VIII, the song made its live debut after 48 years on October 18, 2017 in Austin, Texas.
- Robert Fripp – electric guitar
- Michael Giles – drums, percussion
- Ian McDonald – mellotron, vibraphone
- Greg Lake – vocals
- Peter Sinfield – lyrics
- British rock band Doves used the melody from this song for their track "M62 Song".
- Rapper MIMS samples the song in his track "Doctor Doctor".
- "Moonchild" has also been interpreted by the Italian psychedelic progressive rock band Twenty Four Hours on the album The Smell of The Rainy Air, in 1991
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