"Elephant Talk" is a song by the band King Crimson, released in 1981 on the Discipline album. The song is led primarily by Tony Levin's Chapman stick, playing a Go-go-style bass line. The band plays verses, choruses and several guitar solos, the latter of which are deliberately played and processed to resemble trumpeting elephants or squeaky mice.
Adrian Belew sings five stanzas of humorous lyrics, each one beginning and ending with the phrase "Talk! It's only talk!". The other lyrics consist of yelled lexical items for verbal human communication, with each stanza containing words of a different letter (alliteration). The five stanzas progress alphabetically (the first stanza using "talk" synonyms beginning with "A", the second "B" and so on.)
It was released as a single in 1981. Its tracks are from the album Discipline.
- Category: 1981 singles
- Category: King Crimson songs
- Category: Songs written by Adrian Belew
- Category: Songs written by Bill Bruford
- Category: Songs written by Robert Fripp
- Category: Songs written by Tony Levin
- album: Discipline (King Crimson album)
- genre: Experimental rock
- genre: Funk rock
- genre: New wave music
- genre: Post-punk
- musicalArtist: King Crimson
- musicalBand: King Crimson
- performer: King Crimson
- previousWork: Matte Kudasai
- producer: King Crimson
- producer: Rhett Davies
- record label: Warner Bros.
- recordLabel: Warner Bros.
- subsequentWork: Thela Hun Ginjeet
- writer: Adrian Belew
- writer: Bill Bruford
- writer: Robert Fripp
- writer: Tony Levin