Wish I may, wish I might
Have this I wish tonight
Are you satisfied?
Dig for gold, dig for fame
You dig to make your name
Are you pacified?

All the wants you waste
All the things you’ve chased

Then it all crashes down
And you break your crown
And you point your finger
But there’s no one around
Just want one thing
Just to play the king
But the castle’s crumbled
And you’re left with just a name

Where’s your crown,
King Nothing?
Where’s your crown?

Hot and cold, bought and sold
A heart as hard as gold
Are you satisfied?
Wish I might, wish I may
You wish your life away
Are you pacified?

All the wants you waste
All the things you’ve chased

Then it all crashes down
And you break your crown
And you point your finger
But there’s no one around
Just want one thing
Just to play the king
But the castle’s crumbled
And you’re left with just a name
Where’s your crown, King Nothing?
Where’s your crown?

I wish I may, I wish I might
Have this wish I wish tonight
I want that star, I want it now
I want it all and I don’t care how

Careful what you wish
Careful what you say
Careful what you wish, you may regret it
Careful what you wish, you just might get it

Then it all crashes down
And you break your crown
And you point your finger
But there’s no one around
Just want one thing
Just to play the king
But the castle’s crumbled
And you’re left with just a name
Where’s your crown, King Nothing?

Nothing

You’re just nothing
Where’s your crown, King Nothing?
You’re just nothing
Absolutely nothing

Off to never-never land


Lyrics submitted by fennsk, edited by Calgure96, Ashram

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  • +5
    General CommentIts about greed, but more than that. Simply put, people don't appreciate what they have and seek other things that they really don't need.
    xNeptunexon June 14, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPeople who devote their whole lives to earning money one day realize ("then it all crashes down") that all their money has gotten them nothing worthwhile and they've wasted their entire life in pursuit of money instead of being truly happy and then they realize that they have wasted their life. (where's your crown, king nothing?)
    MrMojoRisin5552on May 02, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthow many people can say this song reminds them of there ex-girlfriend, lol, she was self destructive and thought that she owned all she had, but when she cheated on me everything she had left and her friends left with me because she made them chose between me and her, lol, to me its not about only money, but the people you surround yourself with the people you influence and stuff, but in the end its all an illusion becuase for people like that loyalty can only be bought and squandered therefore it goes as easily as it came, heh makes me feel good to listen to it, like as my final f**k you, wheres your crown now b*tch? :P
    nuitaruson September 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe "off to never-never land" bit is an adlib...James making fun of how much King Nothing sounds like Enter Sandman. What I dont know is why Bob Rock left it in on the "squeaky clean" Load production.
    fortheloveon March 05, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI believe it isnt so much about greedy people wanting money, I believe its more about power without responsibility, when someone actually gets something without trying, (Wish I may, Wish I might)
    And then when they recieve all this power, they end up failing in the whole resposibility department.....
    Come to think of it, kinda like Bush.
    Power comes with responsibility is the general Idea, the people who screw over their own countries for themselves, and then go about blaming others. Its about corruption with power, not money. (but I guess their the same thing in some cases)
    The video clip supports this
    Ptolemnyon August 29, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI doubt this song was directed at anyone in particular. Rock stars, actors, politicians, lawyers....it's about people who spend their whole lives wishing and working to be the best at material pursuits and not giving anything back to others, and then when their success vanishes, they wonder why they have nothing, because they don't realize or care that they need to give in order to receive.
    Allen55on January 25, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think that it is about greed, but not necessaily about wanting everything and trying to take all. I see it ass a reference to coporate america and the ceo's and such who see it as their life goal to ammass a great wealth. So what if they are greedy, Thats not what the song is about. Its the fact that these people although are kings in society and socially, are kings of nothing. They have no community, no family, nothing to love, and no one to love them back. They dont donate becuase they want to, if they do only becuase its social protocol. Thats what it means to me. They have everything but they don't know whats important and are kings, but kings of nothing (of actual value)
    kavanagson March 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about people who are just greedy. They just need to have everything and they don't care how they get it.
    King Nothingon April 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about someone who is greedy and they take and take and take, then one day they lose everything because they are so damn greedy...ahh hell i agree with the both of you
    NicoleInWonderlandon May 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthi, i joined this website just to post this.

    the reference to the star is a play on the "wishing star" rhyme. it is on the start of Disney's pinocchio.
    the exact rhyme is "star light, star bright, first star i see tonight. i wish i may, i wish i might, have this wish i wish tonight."

    in this song he wishes he owned the star and wishes he had everything. he uses a wishing star for a wholly selfish reason. i reckon this is supposed to show just how greedy they are.
    my 2 centson June 15, 2005   Link

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