Photos of Ghosts
Peter Sinfield gives us one last song of regret, a remembrance of things past.
"Black roses laced with silver
By a broken moon.
Ten million stars
And the whispered harmonies of
We were these."
Black Roses symbolize death. "Silver" is moonlight. The "broken moon" suggests
a broken dream. Perhaps the first two lines could be interpreted to mean "death
laced with a broken dream". The "ten million stars" represent the illusion of
limitless possibilities that "were" but are no more. Similarly, the "harmonies
of leaves" suggest a unity so precious it could only be "whispered". "We" and
"whispered" further suggest that this was a state or a goal shared by more than
one person - perhaps a couple, a group or a generation.
The "dried up fountain" is the well of inspiration, love, dreams,
possibilities. Do the five tomes represent the five original members of King
Crimson who once "ran" and "sang" together?