Lyrics
Shine, shine, the light of good works shine
The watch before the city gates depicted in their prime
That golden light all grimy now
Three hundred years have passed
The worthy Captain and his squad of troopers standing fast

The artist knew their faces well
The husbands of his lady friends
His creditors and councilors
In armor bright, the merchant men

Official moments of the guild
In poses keen from bygone days
The city fathers frozen there
Upon the canvas dark with age

The smell of paint, a flask of wine
And turn those faces all to me
The blunderbuss and halberd-shaft
And Dutch respectability

They make their entrance one by one
Defenders of that way of life
The redbrick home, the bourgeoisie
Guitar lessons for the wife

So many years we suffered here
Our country racked with Spanish wars
Now comes a chance to find ourselves
And quiet reigns behind our doors
We think about posterity again

And so the pride of little men
The burghers good and true
Still living through the painter's hand
Request you all to understand

Copyright: Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Writer(s): DAVID FRANCIS CROSS, JAMES RICHARD WILLIAM PALMER, JOHN KENNETH WETTON, RICHARD WILLIAM PALMER JAMES, ROBERT FRIPP, WILLIAM SCOTT BRUFORD




Videos
Close
King Crimson - The Night Watch (OFFICIAL)
The Night Watch (Live at the Concertbebouw, Amsterdam, Nov. 23, 1973)
Melody Nightwatch
The Night Watch - Rembrandt - King Crimson
King Crimson - The night watch
District 97 feat. John Wetton - The night watch (King Crimson); Verviers, Spirit of 66 16.5.2013
The Night Watch (King Crimson)-John Wetton
Download SoundHound
The only App that can give you results through singing and humming search!
You can sing any song from this artist to help SoundHound users find it!