"King of Spain" as written by and Kristian Matsson....
I never knew I was a lover,
Just cause I steal the things you hide,
Just cause I focus while we're dancing,
Just cause I offered you a ride.

Still I am not from Barcelona,
I am not even from Madrid.
I am a native of the North Pole
And that can mess up any kid.

Well if you could reinvent my name,
Well if you could redirect my day,
I wanna be the King of Spain.

And I will settle in Pamplona
And I'll provoke the bulls with words
And then I'll send a man to meet them all
But he's fake, so I have heard.

And all the senoritas sighing,
Will be the fountain of my lies.
But while we're floating in siestas
You search for bottles and for knives.

Well if you could reinvent my name,
Well if you could redirect my day,
I wanna be the King of Spain.

And I wear my boots of Spanish leather
Oh while I'm tightening my crown.
I'll disappear in some flamenco
Perhaps I'll reach the other side.

Why are you stabbing my illusion?
Just cause I stole some eagle's wings
Because you named me as your lover
Well, I thought I could be anything.

Well if you could reinvent my name,
Well if you could redirect my day,
I wanna be the King of Spain.


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"King of Spain" as written by Kristian Matsson

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  • +4
    General CommentIsn't it "the blood is fake, so I have heard" rather than "but he is fake"? it makes more sense and that's what I hear every time. And I think it's north folk as well.
    pidgeonstealeron July 09, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentWhen I first heard the line "Still I am not from Barcelona / I am not even from Madrid" I immediately thought of Dylan and then my thoughts were reinforced when he restates the Dylan's song title, "Boots of Spanish Leather". Dylan's song is about a lover (probably Dylan's girlfriend at the time, Suze, who left for Italy because her family didn't want her seeing Dylan) leaving behind her love with no intentions of returning back to him. There are multiple lines that suggest it is a sort of "response" to Dylan's song.

    To begin with, the very first line of "King of Spain", "I never knew I was a lover" is a direct link to Dylan's "Boots of Spanish Leather" where both characters in the song are labeled by each other "my own true love" respectively. I think the song "King of Spain" is a derogatory stab at the lover from Dylan's song "Boots of Spanish Leather", arguing that she made the man who he is today, something he never wanted to be. So if he had the chance he wishes she could "reinvent my [his] name" and "redirect my day [life]", he'd wanna be anything else but her lover. In this case, he'd want to be the "King of Spain" presumably so he could still keep an eye on his previous lover.

    I think that Kristian Matsson is the next Dylan. Just how Dylan was to Woody, Matsson is to Dylan. It's a wonderful thing to see folk music still thriving today, maybe not as prominent, but still provoking beautiful imagery and memorable, meaningful lyrics, that could also be argued as great poetry. All in all, excellent song and I absolutely love his delivery, makes the song that much better.
    hiddenwandereron February 23, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My Opinionthis is probably the greatest song of all time
    on your porchon February 15, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentalso, i'm pretty sure it's

    "I'm a native of the north folk"
    YouKnowStuffon May 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentCould "The King of Spain" be Bob Dylan? Provoking "bulls," or unforgiving, brutal critics with words, wearing "boots of Spanish leather," et cetera . . . He suggests that he would be this king of Spain if he could "reinvent [his] name," and "redirect [his] day." Bob Dylan (who, as we remember, "reinvented" his name from Robert Zimmerman) the Woody Guthrie-evoking folk singer happened a long, long time ago. Maybe that's the "day" he would "redirect." If this is the case, my respect for this dude has grown even more. As Bob was to Woody, Kristian Matsson is to Bob.
    lordimwalkingdownthelineon February 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpitchfork characterized this song as "an ode to the transformative powers of love" and mentions "notes of celebration and excitement", but i get quite a different vibe - a skeptical one, an element of miscommunication. given lines like "i never knew i was your lover", "but while we're floating in siestas, you search for bottles and for knives", after having mentioned provoking bulls with words and a fountain of lies (bottle being something that contains water), "why are you stabbing my illusion?", and "because you named me as your lover, well, i thought i could be anything", i wonder if this song is directed towards someone that isn't enough for him, or tries to boss him around too much?
    carlylisboaon March 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPretty sure he sings 'blood is fake, so I have heard' in the part about the bulls. I think the line before that is something different as well, but can't really make out what. Great song, anyway. I might like the new album even more than the first.
    botulismon March 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahh i love this song! yeah i think it's about being in the early stages of a relationship when neither people know that much about each other but want to know everything about each other and he wants the girl to think the most of him as she can because she has already started calling him her lover and he's getting all in love n that but then the relationship and love begins to fade.
    mynameisnotyouon July 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like what carlylisboa is saying but I would like to elaborate a little more of on what I think of it. I agree that it is skeptical. It sounds like someone said that him and someone else were in love. So he is sort of saying that if you call me a lover, I can call myself the king of Spain.
    Sinistroon March 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Because you named me as your lover
    Well I thought I could be anything"

    I think that's the correct line. It's also the key to understanding the song.
    Queryon February 06, 2010   Link

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