Epitaph by King Crimson

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"Epitaph" is the third track from the British progressive rock band King Crimson's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King. The song is noted for its heavy use of the mellotron, and as with the first track, "21st Century Schizoid Man", the song's lyrics have a distinctly dystopian feel to them. The song's title was used as the name for a live album of recordings done by the original King Crimson, Epitaph. 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, Emerson, Lake & Palmer. "Stripes" from Cage's album Hell's Winter samples a middle part of the song throughout its duration. Epitaph Records also took its name from the song.

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