"King of the World" as written by Klara Maria S�derberg, Johanna Kajsa S�derberg and Conor M Oberst....
At ten in the morning
I was laughing at something
At the airport terminal
At nine in the evening
I was sitting crying to you over the phone
Well passing the border from a state to another
Filled with people whom I couldn't help to relate to
And we stopped a while at a roadside restaurant
Where the waitress was sitting outside smoking in her car
She had that look of total fear in her eyes
And as we drove away from there she looked at me and
She smiled

I keep running around
Trying to find the ground
But my head is in the stars
And my feet are in the sky
Well I'm nobody's baby
I'm everybody's girl
I'm the queen of nothing
I'm the king of the world

And once you asked me well what's my biggest fear
That things would always remain so unclear
That one day I'd wake up all alone
With a big family and emptiness deep in my bones
That I would be so blinded, turn a deaf ear
And that my fake laugh would suddenly sound sincere

Now I wasn't born for anything
Wasn't born to say anything
Oh I'm just here now and soon I'll be gone
I'm nobody's baby
I'm everybody's girl
I'm the queen of nothing
I'm the king of the world

Now everyday there's a short intermission
While I sleep they start dimming the lights
But I've seen everything I ever want to see
Screaming "Fire!" in a theater people taking their seats
Watch it all go down like a stone in a stream
If you fall for your reflection you will drown in a dream

Tell me something real
Tell me something true
I just want to feel there's something left that I can do
But I'm nobody's baby
I'm everybody's girl
I'm the queen of nothing
I'm the king of the world


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"King of the World" as written by Johanna Kajsa Soderberg Conor Oberst

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    My InterpretationThe narrator is establishing that she won't be bound by the traditional idea that women HAVE to be dependent on men.

    Hence the lyrics "I'm nobody's baby/I'm everybody's girl"
    She doesn't belong to anyone and she intends to traverse the world as her own person.

    When asked her greatest fear she says,

    "That things would always remain so unclear
    That one day I'd wake up all alone
    With a big family and emptiness deep in my bones
    That I would be so blinded, turn a deaf ear
    And that my fake laugh would suddenly sound sincere"

    This certainly could apply to the aforementioned analysis that she's escaping the womanly role; she's afraid she'll one day settle down, have a family, and feel unfulfilled. I suppose her fake laughter would sound sincere because she'd begrudgingly accept it eventually.
    But this definitely isn't only applicable women; the idea of settling down (or having anything forced upon you that you don't want) and not feeling happy and fulfilled can be a scary notion for anyone, which is why I like the universality of this song so much.

    She further adds on to the theme of being free of any expectations with:

    "Now I wasn't born for anything
    Wasn't born to say anything
    Oh I'm just here now and soon I'll be gone"

    and the longing for self-discovery and purpose with,

    "Tell me something real
    Tell me something true
    I just want to feel there's something left that I can do"

    She creates and discovers her own meaning in her world. She's the queen of nothing because she won't be held down by what is generally expected of a woman; she's king of the world!

    Just a really great song. Conor's addition is lovely, too.
    wordsaslighton January 24, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThat's my boy Conna!!
    RollOnDough91on June 01, 2012   Link

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