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    Default "Starless... Laid as still as a Bible" - King Crimson and Dylan Thomas

    The phrase "Starless and Bible Black" is a quotation from the first two lines of poet Dylan Thomas's play, Under Milk Wood.[4] The band's next album, Red, contains a song called "Starless", which actually contains the phrase "Starless and bible black", whereas "Starless and Bible Black" is an improvised instrumental. The title track is actually an edit of the original Amsterdam improvisation, which eventually appeared in its totality on The Night Watch in 1997 (for which sleevenotes indicate that it was cut short for the 1973 album "due to the constraints of vinyl").

    - Dylan Thomas, "Under Milk Wood"

    FIRST VOICE [very softly]
    To begin at the beginning:
    It is Spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters'-and- rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboat-bobbing sea. The houses are blind as moles (though moles see fine to-night in the snouting, velvet dingles) or blind as Captain Cat there in the muffled middle by the pump and the town clock, the shops in mourning, the Welfare Hall in widows' weeds. And all the people of the lulled and dumbfound town are sleeping now.
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    To revenge the misdeeds of the ruling class, there existed in the middle ages, in Germany, a secret tribunal, called the “Vehmgericht.” If a red cross was seen marked on a house, people knew that its owner was doomed by the “Vehm.”

    All the houses of Europe are now marked with the mysterious red cross.

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    Yes! Longtime King Crimson fan here !!! Being that the Guitarist Robert Fripp played on David Bowie Songs like "Heroes" - I have always imagined Mr.Manson was a fan. I will look more into Dylan Thomas though. Thanks & Cheers (TwentyThree)
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