"King's Song" as written by and James Croce....
He struggled so hard to be king
Working night and day
Dreaming of only one thing
Never a holiday
Somewhere along the way
He forgot she was only a girl
Now his kingdom has fallen
And it's really quite a tragic tale
Cause he built a castle to harbor his queen
But the queen claimed he built her a jail

He struggled so hard to be king
He wanted everything
He built her a house by the sea
Just to keep her in
Somewhere along the way
He forgot she needed a friend
Now his kingdom has fallen
And it's really quite a tragic tale
Cause he built a castle to harbor his queen
And the queen claimed he built her a jail

It happened so quickly before he could know
She was gone, far gone
Far from the castle, the diamonds and things
She had worn to the ball
There was a note that she carefully wrote
Signed it best wishes to all
Oh you struggled so hard to be king
Working night and day
Dreaming of only one thing, never a holiday
Somewhere along the way
You forgot that I needed a man

When they found him they took him back where he belonged
And his family and friends saw him annually
And they say it's a shame what's become of the king


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"King's Song" as written by James Croce

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    General CommentThis song can be taken literally, in a feudal setting, or metaphorically, in a more modern setting. It speaks to anyone who had someone they love give them everything they should have except themselves. A traditional, 50s-ish father figure comes to mind.

    Personally, I imagine this song in a literal sense, being sung by a minstrel, who of course reveals herself to be the former queen. On a side note, it seems fairly uncommon for a male singer to sing the "part" of a woman (not that I'm complaining - I love this song), whereas the inverse is pretty common. Maybe I'm just listening to the wrong music.
    didiercollardon January 18, 2006   Link

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