"All The King's Friends" as written by and David Pirner....
The papers read that the king is dead
The people said what we need instead
Is to be on our own
But people, they do the strangest things
You never know what they might do
When they are left alone
There's men without gods and gods without men
And a spirit of which none of them can transcend
But something peculiar is happening
We should just be happy with just what we've got
And the problems should be too few to mention
But they're not

Where can I go for some information?
So tired of the big sensation
I need to know what's going on
Oh well you're the well-informed
Into your world which I was born
My friend, here's to you
How would I know if there was something wrong
When the weak of heart out-survive the strong
The truth is almost always confidential
You never know just what you've got until it's gone
And your friends have never seemed so essential
When you're wrong

Remarkably incredible, incredibly forgettable
I know this might sound strange, don't ever change

Amazingly unfaceable, entirely replaceable
There's nothing I would rearrange, don't ever change

Out of luck, out of space, out of time, out of place
Don't try to save face my friend

There was a time and there was a place
For your face and for your race but it's been swept away


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"All the King's Friends" as written by David Anthony Pirner David Pirner

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    General CommentAmazing song. Best or maybe second best on the album and top 10 of all Soul Asylum songs, maybe higher.

    I find this to be a social statement against the 1980s pop culture and technology. While the rest of this album attempted to break into the mainstream, this song was far from him, although it did have some pop hooks. I think the ending versus tell everything:

    "Remarkably incredible, incredibly forgettable
    I know this might sound strange, don't ever change

    Amazingly unfaceable, entirely replaceable
    There's nothing I would rearrange, don't ever change"

    It was a statement that so many things from the 1980s, whether liberal politics, underground rock, etc., was so good, yet it was faceless and meaningless to everyone else, but Pirner was asking it to never change, don't "try to save face."

    "There was a time and there was a place
    For your face and for your race but it's been swept away"

    Basically, you missed it....


    Unfortunately, Soul Asylum did change and their next album broke through, although it still was great....
    ebowtheletteron June 06, 2006   Link

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