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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Trilogy Lyrics

Last updated: 02/03/2013 04:13:27 PM

I've tried to mend
The love that ended
Long ago although we still pretend
Our love is surely coming to an end
Don't waste the time you've got to love again

We tried to lie
But you and I
Know better than to let each other lie
The thought of lying to you makes me cry
Counting up the time that's passed us by

I've sent this letter hoping it will reach your hand
And if it does I hope that you will understand

That I must leave in a while
And though I smile
You know the smile is only there to hide
What I'm really feeling deep inside
Just a face where I can hang my pride


We'll talk of places that we went
And times that we have spent
Together penniless and free

You'll see the day another way
And wake up with the sunshine
pouring right down where you lay

You'll love again I don't know when
But if you do I know that
you'll be happy in the end

Thanks to Carlo for submitting Trilogy Lyrics.

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one of the best i ever saw | Reviewer: greg dimaggio | 2/3/13

i am a very luck person to live in los angeles 60's and 70's if i cango back in time it will be to the 70's i got to see all the great bands zeppelin,floyd,elp just to name a few those were the great one that stand out in am 54 and listen to them all the time to relive the youth of my love for the great music emerson the best on keyboards ever lake with that great voice and palmer on drums to see all in there prime was a gift and i will never forget and will be a very sad day for me when any of my music heros pass on
greg d

ELP for life | Reviewer: Prioli | 1/26/11

i don't agree Tom, cause i'm 21 and like ELP, all my friends like ELP too and they all have the same age.
I also know people who is under 20 and know ELP very well.
I don't have much to say, but as a musician i don't think that music is something to stereotype it reaches all ages and all minds. that's all

A note for my elders | Reviewer: Moonchild1093 | 5/21/08

Hey. I'm 14 and love ELP. Stereotyping does not only extend to race and religion, but also to age. My music interests exted to Hendrix, Zeppelin, Floyd, and tons of artists that are just that: artists. So, I'd appriciate it if you laid off of the under 20 generation, because we'll be taking care of you when you're too old to get up and crap in a toilet.

I am The Only One? | Reviewer: Lorenzo | 12/31/07

well i am 17 going on 18 and i have been into ELP and all the great prog, hard rock, and countless early sub genres of rock n roll since i was 10 or 11... well do you mean to tell me that i am the only kid that appreciates a good thing when i hear it? i mean i listen to more metal and electronic music... nuthin to mainstream most of the time... but is this the truth that this whole generation of lame ass kids hasnt been taught to appreciate a good piece of art?

Music Gods | Reviewer: Emily Grace | 7/10/07

I agree with the above. Completely unappreciated. I am 20 years old and I am a diehard ELP fan. I have yet to meet more than one person who knows who ELP even is when I mention the name unless they're over around 30.

Trilogy is probably one of my top three fav ELP songs. Goosebumps! Pure Brillian

Even for ELP, a sadly underappreciated Gem. | Reviewer: Tom-Bent Ears Audio Laboratories | 9/3/05

These days, anyone under the age of 35 or so probably doesn't even know who ELP is, and thats a real shame. ELP were the real groundbreakers in terms of the massive keyboard-based sound that Pink Floyd, Moody Blues and Yes were already attempting achieve. Keith has been touted as the "first to use a Moog on stage..." Keith himself recalls in an interview I read once where he was more like the "SOB who was crazy enough to TRY" to drag these bulky, very heavy monsters around. The Moog Modular, that giant panel of knobs with dozens of patch cords strung across the whole thing like a 1920's telephone switchboard weighed in at nearly 550 pounds! What made it worse, was that during set up and sound check, the synths were all delicately tuned... to the piano and the well as delicate settings on dozens of knobs, settings which didn't have a direct effect on tuning, but the slightest breath of a change on certain ones of these could cause the whole carefully constructed sound to collapse. Now, the problem: Show time... 50,000 people each emitting 150 watts or more of heat energy- oh and there's the stage lights. So 20 minutes before show time Keith has to try to tweak his Moog back into tune, and fix the problems the stage lights caused by heating up all these old all ANALOG circuits. NO computers here folks.

Now- a bitch about the video-driven, profit-driven modern music industry...

Long before MTV, and LONG before the big multinational companies bought out huge chunks of record lables and recording studios- each with their own unique personality, the world of music was driven essentially by the whims of a man at a desk. However, this man at a desk probably had a bag of weed in the drawer! He didn't answer to some "suit" in another city wondering if they were sellable. He sat there and listened to a demo of some group of 5 stoners recording from a garage in Las Cruces, New Mexico...and hey! lets sign FRANK ZAPPA to the lable!

Music industry as it is today, driven by a set of standards forced upon itself by the need to display only music artists who are shall we say...photogenic cuts off about 99% of the musicians who could actually BE another ELP, another Yes, but they just don't look good on TV... based on some suit's final decision somewhere along the line. It is doubtful that, if Steve Miller were to try to make it brand new- with his looks as he appeared in the late 60s or early 70s- no matter how good he was... no matter if he wrote good music and performed it beyond just competantly- right now, he'd be pushed right off the map by some pretty boys who can barely hold their instruments.

At any rate, In the 70's most folks who collectd LPs were of course a fan of some group...perhaps their collection was mostly Bob Dylan, with some Manfred Mann, Beatles and Floyd. And there would be a copy of Brain Salad Surgery. Odd... of folks I knew who were heavy into more traditional mainstream guitar driven rock (Zep, Sabbath, Ronny Montrose) almost everyone had an LP of Brain... and no other ELP records. Brain Salad Surgery was and is to me a sad thing... sad because it was SO DAMN GOOD that ELP could never capture that particular chemistry and power again. After a much-too-long break where the band broke up and there were a bit of hard feelings amongst ELP for a couple years, they got back together for WORKS 1 and 2.


Went downhill from there. Anyone recall ...**holds nose while typing** LOVE BEACH?

All that has been said as far as the power and the true chemistry of ELP at their best applies as much to the whole album TRILOGY as it does to BSS, which followed a year later. Trilogy- from the first beat of Endless Enigma to the massive closing chords of Abaddon's Bolero- represents a level of musicianship and real talent both in the studio as well as the engineering booth as did Brain Salad Surgery. The Moog sounds were superb and the Hammond sound was much smoother but still damn aggressive. Trilogy, the song itself, is interesting. The lyrics are basically earcandy as the music is astounding, and can certainly hold it's own! I'm almost thinking that it was supposed to be an instrumental, but as HOEDOWN and ABADDON'S BOLERO were also instrumentals, it was decided to whip together some lyrics for Trilogy. Keith's best piano comes out here and that awesome cut from the 5/4 piano riff to the 5/4 nuclear assault of the Moog on bass -and lead!- with Greg supporting the bass and Carl in his usual explosive style keeping everything going...maaan I can listen to that transition over and over. Great song. Great album. I've typed enough.
I think I'll listen to TRILOGY now.
tom in florida- ivan, dennis and kristine survivor