"The King Of Rock'n Roll" as written by and Paddy Mcaloon....
All my lazy teenage boasts are now high precision ghosts
And they're coming round the track to haunt me.
When she looks at me and laughs I remind her of the facts
I'm the king of rock 'n' roll completely
Up from suede shoes to my baby blues
Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque
Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque
The dream helps you forget you ain't never danced a step
You were never fleet of foot, hippy.
All the pathos you can keep for the children in the street
For the vision I have had is sweeping
New broom, this room, sweep it clean
Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque
Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque
High kickin' dandy, fine figure fine cut a fine figure fine oh yeah ;
Long legged candy, fine figure fine cut a fine figure fine oh yeah ;
Now my rhythm ain't so hot, but it's the only friend I've got
I'm the king of rock 'n' roll completely
All the pretty birds have flown now I'm dancing on my own
I'm the king of rock 'n' roll completely
Up from, suede shoes to my baby blues
Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque
Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque
High kickin' dandy, fine figure fine cut a fine figure fine oh yeah ;
Long legged candy, fine figure fine cut a fine figure fine oh yeah ;
Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque
Hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque



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"The King of Rock 'N' Roll" as written by Paddy Mcaloon

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  • +2
    General Comment'high precision ghosts' refers to old songs being re-released on the 'precision' format of CD. The character in the song is clearly an aged rock n' roll star who is being irked by being reminded of his once glory days by his back catalogue being released again (probably on cheap compilations) on what was a new format when this song was written. He regrets that he now is alone when he once had many pretty hangers on surrounding him.
    The nonsense words are the sorts of throwaway lyrics that the character sings in his hits.
    He was once called a king of rock n' roll but that is an ironic memory now that he cuts a figure so in contrast to the strutting youth he once was.
    Spuffon April 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThe song is about a one-hit wonder stuck performing his silly novelty song on the nostalgia circuit forever.

    This was taken from the Biography on Spotify:
    "The "proper" follow-up to Steve McQueen was 1988's From Langley Park to Memphis. Although it was their biggest hit, thanks to the massive U.K. chart success of "The King of Rock and Roll" (about a one-hit wonder stuck performing his silly novelty song on the nostalgia circuit forever; ironically, it was the band's sole U.K. Top Ten hit and remains their best-known song) and the U.S. college radio success of the genial Bruce Springsteen parody "Cars and Girls," many Prefab Sprout fans consider this the group's weakest album due to the too-slick production and a few subpar tunes."

    He keeps mentioning he's the king of rock n roll completely, clearly implying a link to his status at the time his song was in its infancy / prime. He also states now his rhythm ain't so hot but its the only friend he's got - again talking about how he's stuck in this loop because his limited success is what he's reliant on.

    Again his reference to all the pretty birds have flown and his dancing on his own also supports the idea he's been doing this for some time and his audience is now a different one to what it once was.

    I believe the constant singing of Hot dog, jumping frog, albuquerque is hammering home the repitition involved in his performances and how its the same loop over and over.
    Theonuson July 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningWhat do hot dogs, jumping frogs and Albuquerque have in common? They are all American (and the names sound rather quaint to the UK ear). I don't think anybody will argue about 'Hot Dogs' and 'Albuquerque' but just to clarify, in the UK there is only one type of frog and it jumps so calling a UK frog a "jumping frog" is like calling a fish a "swimming fish". Thus the chorus is a random collection of Americanisms thrown together in a hapless attempt to appeal to the American market.

    When the song was released, Prefab Sprout had had reasonable success in the UK album charts but had not done well in the US. Like the title of the album ' From Langley Park to Memphis' the song is about a UK singer wanting to make it big in the USA and therefore become 'The King of Rock and Roll - completely' (his claim actually to be so is ironic). But the singer has met with a cool and indifferent reception in the US ("When she looks at me and laughs ...") so has become self-critical and critical of his past songs.

    Possibly the song is written from the perspective of someone who never made it, as other interpretations suggest, but I think it is more a reflection of the writer's aspiration at that time to break-in to the American market.
    alan114169on October 30, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about Elvis and how no one recognizes his serious mature work, only the playful and silly songs from his early years. Blue Suede Shoes vs It's Now or Never. Paddy is not the king of rock n roll.
    charterchapon February 02, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI saw this on Spaced, it was awful and yet compelling at the same time.
    Coffeewolf77on May 05, 2010   Link
  • -2
    Song MeaningIt is about a dream the lead singer had
    chowdergrrl101on May 06, 2009   Link
  • -2
    General CommentI've been to Albuquerque, its not like the song at all.
    Whovian12on May 21, 2012   Link

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