"King Of Rome" as written by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe....
Small man, big world
Lost beyond the pale
I know you inside out
I can tell the tale

Across the sky the change of time
Last night I lost all day
I'm here and there or anywhere
Away from Manderley

And if I were the king of Rome
I couldn't be more tragic
My fate to roam so far from home
In search of mindless magic

Oh baby come back
Oh baby come back to me

The desert moon, a new lagoon
We glide upon the surface
Night falls fast, no shadows cast
Arriving without purpose

Oh baby call me
Oh baby call me today

And if I were the king of Rome
I couldn't be more lonely
With so much scope to dream and hope
Someday you'll deign to phone me

Oh baby call me
Oh baby call me today

I long for your inscrutable pale face
I hunger for your beautiful embrace

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"King of Rome" as written by Neil Tennant Chris Lowe

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    My InterpretationThis is without question one of the most beautiful and haunting songs ever written by the PSB. The sadness and loneliness of the singer is palpable as he cries out in despair "Oh baby, come back to me..." The singer is crying out for the love of a lost lover (male or female) without whose love and companionship all the riches of the world are as nothing...

    The "King of Rome" is a reference to the son of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was crowned with this title as an infant. He grew up amidst stunning material riches, yet died at the age of 21. Neil describes him as "an emblem of loneliness in the midst of wealth"...

    Neil sounds utterly emotionally prostrated in this song. All the beauties of the world are hollow and empty as he wanders across the world, searching for "his lost magic" (the man or woman with whom the singer cannot live without). The line "Last night I lost a day" probably refer to his crossing the International Date Line, literally losing a day in his travels around the world in his lonely search for the love that he lost...

    The reference to "Away from Manderley" is less clear. What did he mean by this? Manderley is the fictional estate of the character named Maxim de Winter (from Daphne du Maurier's novel "Rebecca"). The novel (and the film made in 1940) describes a mansion in Cornwall that is burned to the ground and remains only as a ruin... Is this an indirect reference to the death of the relationship which the singer mourns? Was their home named Manderley (this became the most popular name given to houses in the UK)...

    The grief and pain in the singer's heart is expressed poignantly in the closing lines "I long for your inscrutable face / I hunger for your beautiful embrace..."

    The singer wants his lover to return...

    What more can one possibly add to such a raw, emotional cry for mercy?
    philipcfromnycon April 18, 2009   Link
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    General Commentphilipfromnyc you just nailed it! I had a general meaning of the song but your in depth interpretation is so eye opening and succinct at the same time!
    ilviveon January 10, 2010   Link

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