Emerson, Lake And Palmer: Karn Evil 9 | Song-Factsheet

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Song «Karn Evil 9» von Emerson, Lake And Palmer.

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Veröffentlichungsdaten: 1973 11 19 (Album)
Label: Manticore K 53501
Songwriter Keith Emerson & Greg Lake & Peter Sinfield
Produktion: Greg Lake
Genre: Rock - Progrock

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Der erste Teil beginnt wie eine Schöpfungsszene («Cold and misty morning»), scheint aber eine Science-Fiction Erzählung zu sein, von der Menschheit, die verraten und gefangen wurde. Man kann den Song mit etwas Abstraktion aber als Generations-Mythos hören, als das «comming of age» der Rock- oder Hippie-Jugend: «silent children shivered in the cold» und «they've all been betrayed / They hurt them and they beat them, in a terrible way / Praying for survival at the end of the day». Eine Stimme bietet sich an, um diese leidenden Menschenkinder zu befreien.
Mit einem neuen musikalischen Motiv folgt darauf eine Zirkusszene. Der Direktor begrüsst sein Publikum und bittet es ins Zelt: «roll up, see the show!» Damit steht dieser Song in einem thematischen Zusammenhang mit Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mistery Tour (dem Film) und dem damals noch nicht veröffentlichten Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus.
Der zweite Teil der Suite ist ein Instrumental.
Der dritte Teil setzt den Science-Fiction fort: die Menschen befinden sich im Krieg mit Maschinen/Robotern/Computern. Der Ausgang des Kriegs wurde in alle Richtungen interpretiert. Am Schluss lassen die Maschinen die Menschen leben. Der Mensch sagt: «Ich habe dich geschaffen». Die Maschine erwidert: «Ich bin perfekt. Und du?»
Die Erzählung führt gewissermassen auch das Thema von 21st Century Schizoid Man fort. Ein weiterer Bezug ist die Nummer 9 im Titel, die zu Revolution 9 verweist.

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Emerson, Lake And Palmer
Keith Emerson
Greg Lake
Peter Sinfield
Greg Lake

Lyrics

[First Impression, Part One] Cold and misty morning, I heard a warning borne in the air About an age of power where no one had an hour to spare Where the seeds have withered, silent children shivered in the cold Now their faces captured in the lenses of the jackals for gold I'll be there I'll be there I will be there Suffering in silence, they've all been betrayed They hurt them and they beat them, in a terrible way Praying for survival at the end of the day There is no compassion for those who stay I'll be there! I'll be there! I will be there! There must be someone who can set them free: To take their sorrow from this odyssey To help the helpless and the refugee To protect what's left of humanity Can't you see? Can't you see? Can't you see? I'll be there! I'll be there! I will be there! To heal their sorrow To beg and borrow Fight tomorrow! ----- Step inside, hello! We've a most amazing show! You'll enjoy it all we know Step inside! Step inside! We've got thrills and shocks, supersonic fighting cocks! Leave your hammers at the box Come inside! Come inside! Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! See the show! Left behind the bars, rows of Bishops' heads in jars And a bomb inside a car Spectacular! Spectacular! If you follow me there's a speciality Some tears for you to see Misery, misery Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! See the show! Next upon the bill in our House of Vaudeville We've a stripper in a till What a thrill! What a thrill! And not content with that With our hands behind our backs We pull Jesus from a hat! Get into that! Get into that! Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! See the show! [First Impression, Part Two] Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends We're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside There behind a glass stands a real blade of grass Be careful as you pass. Move along, move along Come inside, the show's about to start! Guaranteed to blow your head apart Rest assured you'll get your money's worth Greatest show in Heaven, Hell or Earth! You've got to see the show. It's a dynamo! You've got to see the show. It's rock and roll! Oh Right before your eyes we pull laughter from the skies And he laughs until he cries, then he dies, then he dies Come inside, the show's about to start Guaranteed to blow your head apart! You've got to see the show. It's a dynamo! You've got to see the show. It's rock and roll! Oh Soon the Gypsy Queen in a glaze of vaseline Will perform on guillotine! What a scene, what a scene Next upon the stand will you please extend a hand To Alexander's Ragtime Band, Dixieland, Dixieland! Roll up, roll up, roll up! See the show! Performing on a stool we've a sight to make you drool Seven virgins and a mule! Keep it cool, keep it cool We would like it to be known the exhibits that were shown Were exclusively our own. All our own, all our own Come and see the show! Come and see the show! Come and see the show! See the show! [Second Impression] (Instrumental) [Third Impression] Man alone, born of stone Will stamp the dust of time His hands strike the flame of his soul; Ties a rope to a tree and hangs the Universe Until the winds of laughter blows cold Fear that rattles in men's ears And rears its hideous head! Dread, death in the wind Man of steel pray and kneel With fever's blazing torch Thrust in the face of the night; Draws a blade of compassion Kissed by countless kings Whose jeweled trumpet words blind his sight Walls that no man thought would fall The altars of the just Crushed, dust in the wind No man yields who flies in my ship DANGER! Let the bridge computer speak STRANGER! LOAD YOUR PROGRAM. I AM YOURSELF No computer stands in my way; Only blood can cancel my pain Guardians of a nuclear dawn! Let the maps of war be drawn Rejoice! Glory is ours! Our young men have not died in vain Their graves need no flowers; The tapes have recorded their names! I am all there is! NEGATIVE! PRIMITIVE! LIMITED! I LET YOU LIVE But I gave you life! WHAT ELSE COULD YOU DO? To do what was right! I'M PERFECT. ARE YOU?