"Raoul And The Kings Of Spain" as written by and Roland/griffiths Orzabal....
When the seventh of the seventh son
Comes along and breaks the chains
Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and The Kings of Spain
Making it plain, making it sane
To turn this loss into a gain

Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and The Kings of Spain
Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and The Kings of Spain

Did you know your father was an island
Did you know your mother was the sea
Can we ever hope to seek asylum
From the bounds of fate and family

When the seventh of the seventh son
Comes along and breaks the chains

Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and The Kings of Spain
Making it plain, making it sane
To turn this loss into a gain

Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and The Kings of Spain
Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and The Kings of Spain

Did you know all mothers come from heaven
Did you know all fathers come from hell
That is why they're at sixes and seven
That is why their marriage isn't well

When the seventh of the seventh son
Comes along and breaks the chains

Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and The Kings of Spain
Making it plain, making it sane
To turn this loss into a gain

Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and The Kings of Spain
Raoul, Raoul, Raoul and The Kings of Spain


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"Raoul and the Kings of Spain" as written by Roland/griffiths Orzabal

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    General Commentthis song would make a good background for a highlight video of Raul Gonzalez, the soccer player. good song.
    adonisiegfriedon October 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRaoul is Roland's son (in real life), and Roland's family is originally from Spain. This song and the same-titled album was, I believe, recorded soon after a very difficult time in Roland's marriage. Possibly Roland was having an affair, or had been thinking about it. (See my comments on other songs from this album.) Hence the lyric: "Did you know all mothers come from heaven? Did you know all fathers come from hell? That is why they're at sixes and seven. ["At sixes and sevens" is an English phrase that means being in conflict.] That is why their marriage isn't well." This statement is directed at Roland's son, Raoul, and pretty much says it all.
    imagodocon October 30, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationMagnificent song, one of my favourites on the album. I've been looking into the meaning of this one for a while, and I think imagodoc has a lot of insight on this.

    The only thing I can add is that a "seventh son of a seventh son" (these lyrics are incorrect, by the way) is a lesser known myth that the seventh son of a seventh son is born with magic powers, a certain "sight" or gift, with the concept varying by location. Maybe the reference to the seventh son of a seventh son is implying that it would take "supernatural powers" to break the chains.

    I also read somewhere that Roland's father used to tell them they were related to the presidents of Spain (kings of Spain) and may have elaborated a bit, but I can't seem to find it again and I don't know how credible that site was. I'd be interested in any more information on the meaning of the song, if anyone has it.
    entitudeon April 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think you'll find that Roland is Argentinian, not Spanish. HE was born Raoul and then his name was changed at a very early age. The song is based on stories that his father would relate or brag about. His parents claimed that they were related to Argentinian royalty.
    DESILVANOon November 26, 2009   Link

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