Andy went back to school
He got sick of Newbury Comics
Aaron still rides a lot,
Except now he's just fatter

Alex took over for Alex Van Halen,
After his major surgery
Jon, well, he got married to Laura
And I teach their kid in first grade

Thought I saw you on the road last night
I need to get my eyes checked
Can't believe I love something as yellow as you
"He's gone so deal with it man."

"Wait, afer all, he did get us
Across the world and back."
Weren't you parked at the station?
I need to rub my eyes

We keep your door like
It's a postcard from you from camp
Maybe we'll see you in a junkyard soon
Oh man I really hope not
Maybe you're in auto heaven
Oh man I really hope so
Now it's all the same.

Lyrics submitted by Shadee01

King Of The Road Lyrics as written by Jon Hendricks Count Basie

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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    General Commentamazing, i cant believe no one has commented yet!
    OHdesolationon October 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with OHdesolation. This song is amazing! Why hasn't anyone commented on it?

    I think the song is about the King's depression at the mundane life he leads. I think it shows that life is dull and boring for many people (even for someone as powerful as the King). Life is going on around him, but he refuses to participate. The words of the wise man do not motivate him. The jesters jokes don't make him laugh. He takes no pride in his daughter's beauty and good intentions. It's kinda sad, but true nonetheless.
    Sepulchraveon February 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentsometimes, you just need a break.
    ad astraon December 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe king is dead.

    everybody's doing their thing, trying to bring him back but nothing works because he is already gone. it's really funny imagery having everyone in denial, treating him like he's still alive and just suffering from boredom or depression.

    the "live it up" in "people were tired of forcing the king to try and live it up" doesn't mean the usual "have a good time." mr. shettel is cleverly using the typically metaphorical phrase in a literal sense (thus, it's funny).

    when the king stands up for his monologue at the end, it's kinda like his ghost is explaining why he had given up on life.

    the song is commenting on the boredom and purposelessness that so many people feel in their otherwise incredibly privileged lives.

    at the same time, it is talking about how people try everything to help their friends even when they really don't understand what is wrong.
    dovetailon February 14, 2008   Link

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