A man who would be king, a big thing
To move great masses with his mouth
To play fast and loose with limb

To build a castle on the sand
To lie with grace
And steal with face
A horrible cunning man
A lovable and callous sham

Condemned to flail without end
Condemned to fail in the end

To give more than he takes
With high stakes
To Save the world from itself
To put his own gain on the shelf

To set his mind on a higher peak
And always turn the other cheek
A champion of the meek
What a total fucking freak

Condemned to flail, tries to mend
Condemned to fail in the end

Insignificant/Indispensable
Dependable/Disposable
Miniscule/Indefatigable

A man who would be king


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    General Commenton the contrary, i think this song is about contrasting two archetypes; one is the politician, who is loved by the people, but really is a slimy person. The politician is doomed to fail and condemned to flail because he will ultimately go to hell for being an awful person. The other archetype is the benefactor (you could use Jesus Christ as an example here) who strives to help and better humankind, but is also condemned to failure and suffering because people don't accept the message.

    The last few lines of the song seem to be contrasting how each archetype compare to each other from a political point of view, which seems to emphasize the point that martyrs are rarer than politicians.

    And the end of the song leaves us with the point that both men would be king, but in radically different ways.
    fightingsleepon September 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis has to be my favorite song by Sleepytime.
    I think it has something to do with someone in power that's secretly abusing it. Bush, possibly?
    oh1no2its3alisonon October 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentdan rathbun is pretty clear in the liner notes that this is a political song, but he seems to be more put off by the hyperpartisanship of politics than about any one particular politician.

    also i don't think anyone could honestly describe the oratorically challenged bush as being able to "move great masses with his mouth." barack obama, maybe? :D
    liquorton gooksbergon April 07, 2008   Link

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