"King of Anything" as written by and Sara Bareilles....
Keep drinking coffee, stare me down across the table
While I look outside
So many things I'd say if only I were able
But I just keep quiet and count the cars that pass by

You've got opinions, man
We're all entitled to 'em, but I never asked
So let me thank you for your time,
And try not to waste anymore of mine
And get out of here fast

I hate to break it to you babe, but I'm not drowning
There's no one here to save

Who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be?
Who died and made you king of anything?

You sound so innocent, all full of good intent
Swear you know best
But you expect me to jump up on board with you
And ride off into your delusional sunset

I'm not the one who's lost with no direction
But you'll never see
You're so busy making masks with my name on them in all caps
You got the talking down, just not the listening

And who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be?
Who died and made you king of anything?

All my life I've tried to make everybody happy
While I just hurt and hide
Waiting for someone to tell me it's my turn to decide

Who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be?
Who died and made you king of anything?

Who cares if you disagree?
You are not me
Who made you king of anything?
So you dare tell me who to be?
Who died and made you king of anything?

Let me hold your crown, babe


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"King of Anything" as written by Sara Bareilles

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  • +2
    General CommentAccording to Sara B herself, it's a song about "people who should mind their own fucking business."
    artwelve22on July 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is pretty self explanatory -- the guy thinks he's hot shit and the girl is fed up with it. It's about freeing yourself from any kind of bad relationship, and finally being happy for yourself.


    lovelovelove this song, and can't wait for the album!
    digikari4691on June 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI think it actually goes:

    "But I'm not drowning
    There's no one here to save."

    Meaning she's doing just find and doesn't need to be "rescued." They're not some knight in shining armor riding in to make everything better.
    musicmo7on September 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpretty sure this song is about Amanda Ghost (EPIC records) and her trying to have a heavy hand in the direction of Sarah's album.
    ssslowlikehoneyon November 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is directed towards any relationship (not just gf/bf) in which one person feels they have the right to give the other advice on how to live their life "right." They both have their own opinions on how to live life well, but they cannot agree on what is the right way to live it. Who cares if other people disagree? We should be able to live the way WE want to.
    Sarellison January 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. Upbeat and fun, but it still has an edge to it with cutting lyrics. I am really excited for her new album!

    Also, I believe she says "You are not me" in the chorus rather than "You and not me."
    mcclizzleon May 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI semi-agree with digikari. I think it's about a (verbally) abusive relationship, like

    "You sound so innocent
    All full of good intent
    You swear you knew best
    But you expect me to
    Jump up on board with you
    Right off into your delusional sunset"

    The male just expects her to bend to his every wish, and claims that everything he tells her to do is for the best.

    "So many things I'd say if only I were able" and
    "All my life I've tried to make everybody happy while I just hurt and hide
    Waiting for someone to tell me it's my turn to decide"

    She's also saying that she's been pretty passive, taken a backseat.

    And then blah blah, she's breaking free from this cycle and yayy.
    I really really really like this song. It's so catchy! And the message is simple and one that a lot of people go through in relationships.
    ZebrasLikeLinguinion July 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this could be for either guys or girls, but I do agree that it is a verbally abusive relationship. Great song, really catchy and can cut deep in the right instance.

    Excellent song though...:)
    baudoman5000on August 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningLove this song, but I interpret it differently than everyone else who's posted about it so far.

    I think, in the vein of "Love Song" and "Bottle It Up," Sara's singing about her relationship to the music industry, but cleverly veiled in a song that could most definitely be about a romantic love ("Love Song" being about her frustration with the music industry and "Bottle It Up" about the feeling she had once she signed with a major label and hit it big). I think she's singing about the way some industry higher-ups might talk down to her and try to influence decisions about her image.

    The first verse about a conversation over coffee really strikes me as one of those business casual meetings with powerful people, where you hear out their ideas -- "You've got opinions man / We're all entitled to them / But I never asked / So let me thank you for your time / And try not to waste any more of mine / Get out of here fast" > those lyrics could easily be about a meeting like that.

    More specifically, when I hear this song, I think of the music industry trying to make Sara more mainstream and "pop"-y. There just such a power imbalance in the song, and it seems like its more than a verbally abusive relationship (though it could be, of course), but someone actually trying to control her future/career ("You're so busy making maps"). And in the past (like she sung in "Love Song") she just would take it ("All my life I've tried to make everybody happy while I just hurt and hide
    / Waiting for someone to tell me it's my turn to decide.")

    Stylistically, the song really reminds me of "Love Song" -- to me, it's about her taking back power and writing the kinds of songs she wants to write, but cleverly disguised as, well, a love song.
    arlash23on August 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is totally a perfect "F--- you" song! Well done on Sara's part. She's so great!

    I do have one correction, though.

    "But you expect me to
    Jump up on board with you
    Right off into your delusional sunset"

    Is it not "RIDE off into your delusional sunset"?

    Anyways, I just thought that was it, but I could be wrong.
    sevendeadlysinson August 14, 2010   Link

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