"The King and All of His Men" as written by and Max Anthony Mcelligott....
Well, you can fight it but you know that you won't get your way
In the end
Too many people
The king and all of his men

And if you're dealing a line of cards
Won't you take me to the queen of hearts
And if you're trying to tell the dawn what you see
Back off the stars before you come for me
And if you're dealing a line of ???
Who's gonna tell her the reason I left

You took her soul, so incomplete
Why don't you stop fighting me?
You're in control
So why should you be fighting me?

Fighting me
Fighting me

How to be sure that what you say is the truth
When I see flaws in every thing that you do
And if I'm passing a sentence of doom
I would give you the queen for a fool
And now you've lost, there's nothing left to defend
You came so close to the king and all of his men
And if you're dealing in a trick and a lie
I need to see her face for one last time

You took her soul, so incomplete
Why don't you stop fighting me?
You're in control
So why should you be fighting me?

The king and all of his men
The king and all of his men

You took her soul, so incomplete
Why don't you stop fighting me?
You're in control
So why should you be fighting me?


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"The King and All of His Men" as written by Max Anthony Mcelligott

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  • +2
    General CommentI've easily spent the better part of the last hour listening to this song.

    I think it's about a guy, who's in love with a girl who's been in some bad relationships, and he's saying "c'mon, why not me?"
    riffraff100214on August 08, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionHere's what I hear:

    Well, you can fight it, but you know
    That you won’t get your way in the end

    Too many people, the king and all of his men

    
And if you’re dealing a line of cards

    Won't you take me to the queen of hearts?


    And if you’re trying
    To tear down what you see

    Pack up the stars
    Before you come for me

    
And if you're dealing a line of fate
    
Who's going to tell her the reason I'm late?
    

    You took her soul, so incomplete
    
Why don't you stop fighting me?

    You’re in control, so why should you be
...
    Fighting me?
    Fighting me?
    Fighting me?

    How to be sure
    That what you say is the truth
    
When I see flaws
    In everything that you do?

    
And if I'm passing a sentence on you

    I would give you the crown for a fool


    And now you've lost
    There’s nothing left to defend
    
You came so close
    To the king and all of his men


    And if you’re dealing in a trick of the light
    
I need to see her face for one last time

    You took her soul, so incomplete

    Why don’t you stop fighting me?

    You’re in control, so why should you be
...
    Fighting me?
    Fighting me?
    Fighting me?
    vitalvessalson October 02, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think it's about a girl who isn't giving up her heart to this guy. Which is why she is in control. She keeps fighting his love off. Which is maybe why she is running in the video.
    ashleyrodrigo24on December 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have no idea how no one's commented on this song yet. It is amazing.
    monsterhospitalon August 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've pondered this off and on for about an hour. Hahaha. Maybe he has had a revelation, and he is talking to a girl, a girl who lured him away from his last girlfriend. He now thinks that may have been a mistake because this new bitch is cheating, or running away from his love in some way and he is tired of the roller coaster of emotion. Maybe about risk and reward. I enjoy the poker references.

    The drums during this song's chorus sound like horses running. The video is great, too.
    cocteautwinon June 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is “The King and All of His Men” about?

    Max: It started off being about terrorism — addressing a terrorist — and then it kind of just went through an imaginative process and a romantical tune came out kind of sounding like a love song. I wrote it about terrorism and a man at our gig came up to me afterwards and said, “Man that song ‘The King and All of His Men’ — I’m splitting up with my girlfriend and it’s just exactly what’s happening in my life.” It wasn’t about that at all but I love that he interpreted it that way.

    chinashopmag.com/2012/04/a-word-with-wolf-gang/
    harlemangeon December 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttheregoesthefear.com/2009/11/…

    I can’t get enough of “The King and All of his Men”. What’s the story behind it?
    The song is fundamentally about a battle between good and evil, but I try with lyrics to avoid being too literal, I enjoy playing around with metaphors so that the meaning can be interpreted differently by various people. Having a woman as some source of focus seems to creep into my writing quite a lot though…The video was great because Dan the director knew exactly what I wanted, which was something different, a little arty and theatrical. It was a good laugh to shoot on the day too because a lot of the dancers were my mates, it was all pretty light hearted stuff. I think as a first statement of intent it gets the idea across quite well that the Wolf Gang project is a little different to the more generic band experience that people are used to.
    harlemangeon December 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The King And All Of His Men is a song I wrote after having a strange and violent dream where I was attacked by terrorists and they stole my lover away," says Wolf Gang of the track. "It's about getting caught up in something that has nothing to do with you.

    news.qthemusic.com/2011/07/…
    harlemangeon December 21, 2012   Link

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