"Kings And Queens" as written by and Brad Whitford Steven Tyler....
Long ago in days untold
Were ruled by lords of greed
Maidens fared with gold they dared
To bare their wombs that bleed
Kings and queens and guillotines
Taking lives denied
Starch and parchment laid the laws
When bishops took the ride
Only to deceive
Oh I know I
Lived this life afore
Somehow I know now
Truths I must be sure
Tossin', turnin', nightmares burnin'
Dreams of swords in hand
Sailing ships, the Viking spits
The blood of father's land
Only to deceive
Living times of knights and mares
Raising swords for maidens fair
Sneer at death, fear only loss of pride
Living other centuries
Deja vu or what you please
Follows true to all who do or die
Screams of no reply
They died
Screams of no reply
And died
Died
Lordy, Lordy, they died


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"Kings and Queens" as written by Jack Douglas Brad Whitford

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  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is an comparison of medieval times to the present. Mainly in ways that the times are the same. "I know I've lived this life before", means that the same situations are happening. History repeats itself. "De ja vu or what you please" is a line that is an obvious reference to something that has happened before.
    artgirl2012on July 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti can identify with these lyric so well. i think he is saying that he dreams of living in another century, one with castles, and swords, and vikings, inspite of some of bad things that went on at the time. i have always thought that i was born about 800 years too late.
    ramtharon February 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think he's comparing today to those times......
    "Living other centuries
    (DEJA VU) or what you please
    Follows true to all who do or die"
    Brookelynnon April 27, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsneer at death, fear only loss of pride.

    enough said.
    dcfunkon November 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAwesome song...I can't quite explain what it means to me. It's mocking the Medievel times, the dark ages. That's what it seems to me. And also comparing those times to nowadays. Things haven't really changed. Things are still similar.
    Christ_is_King!on November 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe way I interpret this song is it being about the olden times form of capital punishment, and how the people in power would kill those who did not obey them. And nowadays it's still the Kings and Queens (the rich) in power who call the shots, and we have advanced forms of capital punishment. I think the difference between then and now, is people fought for their rights with their lives and nowadays it seems the modern day people who are willing to be warriors are fighting these Kings and Queens wars instead of fighting them for their rights.
    AbsentMindedon June 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits an aswome song....he'z giving us a little history lesson...rock on....
    aerofan69on June 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. I love medieval times, though i don't necessarily wished I lived in them.
    adagiominoreon August 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm. Whenever I hear a song that's not really that personal but uses a lot of imagery, I try to see what current events or conditions they're hinting at. So a question to ponder: what was going on in the world and/or with Aerosmith when the song was written (1976-77)? Was it the rise of punk? Disco? Maybe the writers were looking back to some more "romantic" time in history. Maybe they saw the world at that time as a vicious place to live. Or maybe it was just fun to write about the old, old, old days.
    gregorybrianon March 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't know. I listened to the song on acid before, and it's pretty fuckin trippy. It's kind of like having a nightmare of being trapped somewhere you aren't supposed to be and trying to survive
    metalhead420on September 28, 2007   Link

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