King of the World

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Music & Lyrics by Francis Voignier
© 2017 US Copyright Office
FV Music/ASCAP

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KING OF THE WORLD

THE FOOL ON THE WALL FELL DOWN ON HIS HEAD
HE GOT UP AND WENT “THIS AIN’T NOTHING YET
THE STRONGER I STAND, THE WEAKER YOU GET
BECAUSE I’M THE KING OF THE WORLD
I’M THE GREATEST MAN ON EARTH
AND SO WHEN I SPEAK, YOU LISTEN.”

THE FOOL ON THE WALL POWEDERED HIS FACE
PREPARED HIS LIES AND LOOKED INTO THE LENSE
“MY SUBJECTS,” HE SAID, “WE’LL BE GREAT AGAIN
BECAUSE I’M THE KING OF THE WORLD
I CONTROL THE WHOLE UNIVERSE
THE NEWS WILL BE NIPPED IN THE BUD.”

OOH OH DO I HEAR THE WIND
THE HISSING IN THE DISTANCE
IS THE SOUND OF ALL THINGS GOING AWAY FADING AWAY

THE FOOL ON THE WALL WITH THE SOUTH ON HIS BACK
TOSSES BROKEN TOYS ON TOP OF THE PILE
THE WATER IS BROWN AND THE SKY IS BLACK
IN THE LAND OF THE KING OF THE WORLD
WHERE THE PROUD WALLOW IN THEIR DIRT
MAY THE BOOK OF WISDOM BE BURNED

OOH OH DO I HEAR THE WIND
THE VACUUM OF IGNORANCE
IS THE SOUND OF ALL THINGS GOING AWAY FADING AWAY

HEY YOU, CAN’T YOU GET OUT OF BED
PICK YOUR FIGHT AND RAISE HELL
OR IS IT TOO INCONVENIENT?
HEY YOU, DON’T YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO LOSE (SAY)
WHEN THE PIPES WON’T CARRY THE NEWS (OR ARE YOU TOO TIRED TO CLAIM)
AND YOU’RE LEFT IN UTTER DARKNESS? (YOUR SPOT UNDER THE HEAVENS)

THE FOOL ON THE WALL SURVEYS RIGHT AND LEFT
“NOTHING TO SEE,” HE SAYS, “NOTHING TO DREAD
FIRE AND FLOOD ARE ON OTHERS TO BLAME
COZ YOU MADE ME KING OF THE WORLD
BROUGHT MEANING TO MEANINGLESS WORDS
SO WELCOME TO THE PARTY MY FRIENDS!”


Music & Lyrics Francis Voignier
© 2017 US Library of Congress
FV Music/ASCAP

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from Chasms & Echoes, released August 5, 2017
FV: guitars & vox
Alejandro Del Toro: drums
Jo Luna: bass

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Francis Voignier San Francisco, California

I started my first band in 1967 and never looked back. I moved from Eastern France to Paris and then London where I made my professional debut. I worked in NYC
as a sideman between 78 and 82 before heading for SF where I did 10 years in the trenches with more bands than I can remember. I now live in Arcata, California.
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