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    Posted: November 09 2021 at 23:09
I'm surely not an expert on poetry, but I came to think of Caravan's In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971) as a very poetic album title, "grey" representing melancholy and "pink" representing psychedelia - both are of course very present in the music and lyrics, for not to mention the cover!
Can you think of another album title like that?


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I've always liked "The Way of All Flesh" by Gojira, especially given its context in the album. The whole album is about the cycles of life and death, and how we're supposed to accept the inevitability of passing away someday, hence death being "the way of all flesh". Powerful concept, and a great title to accompany it.
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^Wow, very interesting, and you describe it very well.

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The most obvious one to come to mind is...

In The Court of the Crimson King... (An Observation By King Crimson)

When spoken in a certain cadence and with emphasis on the consonants it could easily be part of a poem.

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Another obvous one to me is

Van Der Graaf Generator's

H To He, Who Am The Only One
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Most of the Moody Blues early albums have quite a poetic title, like A Question of Balance, Every Good Child Deserves a Favor, Days of Future Past, etc.
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Originally posted by JD JD wrote:

Another obvous one to me is

Van Der Graaf Generator's

H To He, Who Am The Only One

Any idea about what the title says? 
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Or the meaning of it?


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Well I'm not a huge VDGG fan, but H and He are elements on the periodic table. (Hydrogen and Helium).
Not sure about the rest.
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Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:

I'm surely not an expert on poetry, but I came to think of Caravan's In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971) as a very poetic album title, "grey" representing melancholy and "pink" representing psychedelia - both are of course very present in the music and lyrics, for not to mention the cover!
Can you think of another album title like that?

of course there is a naughty allusion in the album title again


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Originally posted by BaldJean BaldJean wrote:

Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:

I'm surely not an expert on poetry, but I came to think of Caravan's In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971) as a very poetic album title, "grey" representing melancholy and "pink" representing psychedelia - both are of course very present in the music and lyrics, for not to mention the cover!
Can you think of another album title like that?

of course there is a naughty allusion in the album title again

Hi,

That has always been a part of CARAVAN. Heck ... and if that's not enough ... there is "I want more" ... then "something that is good for your cold" ... well no reason to think there it is just fun!
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Anything by Fiona Apple but that might be cheating since apparently some of her album titles at least are part of poems she wrote.
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Dark Side of the Moon perfectly describes the themes of which the album explores.
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Originally posted by BaldJean BaldJean wrote:

Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:

I'm surely not an expert on poetry, but I came to think of Caravan's In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971) as a very poetic album title, "grey" representing melancholy and "pink" representing psychedelia - both are of course very present in the music and lyrics, for not to mention the cover!
Can you think of another album title like that?

of course there is a naughty allusion in the album title again


I don't think there is anything naughty with the poetic title of Big smile

For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night
let's just stay above the moral melee
prefer the sink to the gutter
keep our sand-castle virtues
content to be a doer
as well as a thinker,
prefer lifting our pen
rather than un-sheath our sword
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Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:

Originally posted by JD JD wrote:

Another obvous one to me is

Van Der Graaf Generator's

H To He, Who Am The Only One

Any idea about what the title says? 
Edit:
Or the meaning of it?

The fourth paragraph of this review by siLLy puPPy is the best explanation I've seen for this album's title:
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to meet anyone nose at nose
the walls have hearsay
he go to four feet
take the moon with the teeth
he has a good beak
the stone as roll not heap up not foam
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Porcupine Tree's Up The Downstair imprisms an onomatopoeiaish meter, pun, and Escheresc visual.  

Edited by omphaloskepsis - November 10 2021 at 14:18
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thank you! progaardvark

siLLy puPPy wrote:

"H TO HE symbolizes the fusion of hydrogen to helium and the WHO AM THE ONLY ONE changes the chemical symbol He from helium to the subject pronoun "he." This represents the mindset that male humans are the next logical step in creation after the primary building blocks of matter and that a man who is filled with testosterone and damaged psychologically can usurp power and go on to do nasty things by placing himself as the center of the universe and therefore making it possible to justify ruthless actions no matter how brutal or cruel. As far as anti-war stances go occurring in music, it just doesn't get any more poetically perfect or musically masterful than this splendid album by Peter Hammill and the gang."



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This part is a little Wacko if you ask me. I'm not sure I'm totally on board with it.
Where the hell did the testosterone and the rest of this come from? A lyric in the songs? It certainly can't be ascertained from the album title.


(Quote @siLLy puPPy)
and that a man who is filled with testosterone and damaged psychologically can usurp power and go on to do nasty things by placing himself as the center of the universe and therefore making it possible to justify ruthless actions no matter how brutal or cruel.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote omphaloskepsis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 10 2021 at 14:28
Originally posted by JD JD wrote:

This part is a little Wacko if you ask me. I'm not sure I'm totally on board with it.
Where the hell did the testosterone and the rest of this come from? A lyric in the songs? It certainly can't be ascertained from the album title.


(Quote @siLLy puPPy)
and that a man who is filled with testosterone and damaged psychologically can usurp power and go on to do nasty things by placing himself as the center of the universe and therefore making it possible to justify ruthless actions no matter how brutal or cruel.

I like siLLy puPPy's take; however "H to He, Who Am the Only One” “H to He” in the title refers to the fusion of hydrogen nuclei to form helium nuclei, like the basic exothermic reaction between the sun and stars...would be more precise but less poetic than the puPPy mAN.
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