King for a Day

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"King for a Day" is a song written by Colin Moulding of the English rock band XTC, released on their 1989 album Oranges & Lemons. It was the third single from the album, and reached number 89 on the UK Singles Chart. The music video featured a cameo appearance from guitarist Dave Gregory's brother Ian, drummer of the Dukes of Stratosphear. Their performance of the song on Late Night with David Letterman marked the first time XTC played a live show in seven years.


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Everyone's creeping up to the money god, 
Putting tongues where they didn't ought to be
On stepping stones of human hearts and souls,
Into the land of "nothing for free" 

Well the way that we're living, 
Is all take and no giving, 
There's nothing to believe in, 
The loudest mouth will hail the new found way, 
To be king for a day

Everyone's licking up to the new king pin, 
Trying to get way up with a smile 
Sing for your supper boy and jump to a finger click, 
Ain't my way of living in style

'Cause the ladder gets longer, 
And ambition gets stronger, 
I can't satisfy the hunger, 
That bad old moon has got you in its sway, 
To be king for the day

You're only here once so you got to get it right
(No time to fuss and fight) 
'Cause life don't mean much if measured out with someone else's plight
(In time you'll see the light) 

'Cause the way that we're living, 
Is all take and no giving, 
There's not mush to believe in, 
The loudest mouth will hail the new found way, 
To be king for a day
You got to be the king for a day, ah
To be king for a day

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XTC

XTC was a New Wave band from Swindon, England, active between 1977 and 2005. The band enjoyed some chart success, including the UK and Canadian hits "Making Plans for Nigel" (1979) and "Senses Working Overtime" (1982), but are perhaps even better known for their long-standing critical (rather than commercial) success. more »

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Written by: COLIN MOULDING

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