"King of the Hill" as written by and Bruce Hornsby....
I'm leaning on a rail
Letting my eyes roam over the plain
I'm laughing on my break
Feeling like a captive on a long chain
Watch the people pick up sticks
Big boss man cracks his whip
It's serious but we laugh to keep from crying
Spouting out the company line
Everything here's just fine
He says he cares about me but he's lying
Up, up in the big house
The king of the hill.

I'm watching the boss man
Talking to his sister with the dirty hands
They sit, cussing at the rules
Wishing they could lose me as fast as they can
He's got me in the roughest rig
He thinks I took his brother's gig
People say they've got the game rigged
His daddy gave him everything
A job and a house and his earring
Why does he think that I'm so threatening, so bad
And up, up in the big house
King of the hill
And there, driving the big cat, king of the hill

I'm over in my space
Swatting bugs, sweat stains rolling down my face
I'm trying not to drink
Knowing I've got to roll out of this place
Watch the people pick up bricks
King of the hill with his nightstick
Caught up in accounting tricks
Throw a bone to the poor hicks
Got some candy, take a lick
Great white hope, shooting bricks
Time to let us all share the wealth
Getting coffee for the big stick
Hand in his pants at the skin flick
Lots of poisons, take your pick
Mama, mama, mama come quick
Felling like I'm getting sick
Have you noticeed any nervous tics
Think I'd better take care of myself
And up, up in the big house
King of the hill
And there, driving the big cat
King of the hill

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"King of the Hill" as written by Bruce Hornsby

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    My InterpretationLove this song! To me, this song is about capitalism and how the corporations want to own the company's labour force and do as they please with them.

    In the first of the three verses Hornsby sings that he feels that the company he works for is a prison where they are all trapped, overlooking the plains (freedom). The boss cracks his whip, forces the workers to do job that is demeaning and hurts them both physically and mentally.
    Meanwhile, he makes sure the company has a beautiful facade, that it looks good on the outside, a keen image. And if a worker would try to prove him wrong, they will feel his rage.

    Second verse
    The bossman and his sister (supposed to be a meaning?) wants Hornsby gone, they give him the shittiest of jobs to try to break down his will. They can't fire him, but try to tear him down to the point where he will leave the company himself.
    The boss has not had to work a day in his life for the things he owns, his legacy took care of that. And he wants to keep it that way.

    Verse three...
    ...tells us how Hornsby has it at home (in the song, ofc). He's poor, has a crappy home and how he wants out of it.
    IMO this vese tells about organization, unions. Because, unions work perfectly as long as people gather, the workers need to gather and stick together. BUT, as the third verse states, the boss and the company give out bribes to shut the workers up and make them side with the company, meaning that the work force cannot organize and demand better conditions.

    All in all, I'd say Hornsby wants to spread light on how companies tries to own their work force and control it like dictators, and that the only way to fight back is for the work force to organize. However, there are always greedy people who only thinks of theirselves who cannot see the big picture. And those people destroys the work force by letting the bossman, the king of the hill, push them around.
    LidoTRKon September 20, 2012   Link

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