"King Of Wishful Thinking" as written by Peter Cox, Richard Drummie and Martin Page....
I don't need to fall at your feet
Just 'cause you cut me to the bone
And I won't miss the way that you kiss me
We were never carved in stone
If I don't listen to the talk of the town
Then maybe I can fool myself

I'll get over you I know I will
I'll pretend my ship's not sinking
And I'll tell myself I'm over you
'Cause I'm the king of wishful thinking
I am the king of wishful thinking

I refuse to give in to my blues
That's not how it's going to be
And I deny the tears in my eyes
'Cause I don't want to let you see no
That you have made a hole in my heart
And now I've got to fool myself

I'll get over you I know I will
I'll pretend my ship's not sinking
And I'll tell myself I'm over you
'Cause I'm the king of wishful thinking (I'll get over you I know I will)
I'll pretend my ship's not sinking
And I'll tell myself I'm over you
'Cause I'm the king of wishful thinking (king of wishful thinking)

I will never, never shed a tear for you
I'll get over you (I know I will)

If I don't listen to the talk of the town
Then maybe I can fool myself

I'll get over you I know I will
I'll pretend my ship's not sinking
And I'll tell myself I'm over you
'Cause I'm the king of wishful thinking
I'm the king of wishful thinking

I'll get over you I know I will
You made a hole in my heart
But I won't shed a tear for you
I'll be the king of wishful thinking
I'll get over you (I know I will)
I'll pretend my heart's still beating
'Cause I've got no more tears for you
I'm the king of wishful thinking
I'll get over you (I know I will)
You made a hole in my heart
And I'll tell myself I'm over you
'Cause I'm the king of wishful thinking


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"The King of Wishful Thinking" as written by Richard P Drummie Peter John Cox

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThis song's a masterpiece in the art of inducing grief in the listener via cognitive dissonance. The singer announces his intent to deceive himself about how much his breakup is hurting him, and the accompanying musicians play an upbeat tune in collaboration with this plan, but the clever symbolism in the words reveals the carnival atmosphere of the music to be an empty show and leaves us with a bleak appreciation for how very deeply in despair the singer really is. Realizing the madness of his attempts to pretend otherwise thus inspires us to pity him in his miserable condition.

    The music video captures this effect very well in showing the singer against a blank white background (a common way of depicting madness in comic books), and then throwing together a purely random collage of many different people engaged in various unrelated--and therefore seemingly pointless--activities behind him. This is something like getting a view directly into his mind, and its desperate attempts to distract him from his loneliness and heartbreak by thinking of anything else at all. Even then, the words break through all the visuals to remind us that it's hopeless. The refrain that he's "The King of Wishful Thinking" is the singer's way of admitting everything else he says is a lie and he's NOT going to "get over" this breakup any time soon.
    Inyarearon August 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe early 90's had some great pop gems, such as this!
    bkat004on February 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's quite cheesy, but I love it! Lyrics explain themselves really - it's quite a literal song :]
    butterflykiss84on April 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthahaha i love this song. so freaking much.
    Like.. you'd cry if you knew love like I have for this song. I even have a dance... I coreographed it myself. :]
    xxblowupon March 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAnother one from "The Pretty Woman" soundtrack.
    He's wishfully thinking that he doesn;t have a broken-heart
    and that he'll survive and superiority complex cos he thinks
    a king too...
    Thia007on November 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh wow! i'm surprised no one has commented on this song!!!!
    Music4lifeon April 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeh same
    this song is like, a classic
    great song
    regan_89on June 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso few comments, damn. i love this song, always have. its not really the style of music i like, but this songs just gets to me. well...obviously its about a relationship thats just ended. possibly with someone cheating or something controversial ("if i dont listen to the talk of the town"). the singer was the one that was dumped, and is still in love with whoever theyr singing about. they feel like its killing,("ill pretend my hearts still beating") them, as we all do when we're dumped, but they are trying to move on and trying to convince themselves that they dont need their ex anymore even though they realise its going to be hard...
    thats my opinion anyway.
    rock on.
    ninjamonkeyson February 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentuh yes, the whole song is a lie a guy tells himself about being over someone.
    Smokleron August 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGREAT SONG! 100% classic
    iluvFMon February 01, 2007   Link

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