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"King"
King cover
Album track by Weezer
Album Weezer (The Red Album) (Deluxe Edition)
Released June 11, 2008
Recorded Spring 2007
Length 5:11
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Status Officially released
Live debut September 23, 2008
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Weezer (The Red Album) (Deluxe Edition) track listing
"The Spider"
(13)
"King"
(14)
Weezer (The Red Album) (International Deluxe Edition) track listing
"The Spider"
(13)
"King"
(14)
"The Weight"
(15)
Deliverance at Hand! track listing
"I Don't Wanna Let You Go"
(4)
"King"
(5)
"Everybody Get Dangerous"
(6)

"King" is the fourteenth and final track on the deluxe version of Weezer (The Red Album).

Appearances

Overview


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Scott: King was my favorite demo on Rivers' "Deliverance at Hand" demos. It wasn't getting voted into the pool so I called him and said, "This song is the shit everybody is crazy!" He said, "Oh yeah you sing it then," I said "Oh yeah, OK I will!" This was one of if not the most difficult songs to get recorded. I think we played it for three weeks as a band. It made everyone crazy. I love how it turned out.


Weezer (The Red Album) liner notes

"King" is first known to have been demoed by Rivers Cuomo in 2007. The song was included in the demo compilation Deliverance at Hand!, a CD-R that Cuomo presented to his bandmates containing songs in contention for the band's planned sixth album. The song features bassist Scott Shriner on vocals. Shriner was encouraged to sing the song after fighting for its inclusion on Red (where it was ultimately released as a bonus track on deluxe issues of the album). Weezer performed the song to promote the album on multiple occasions, including the band's "takeover" of the Sirius Radio station Alt Nation, as well as filmed performances for AOL's Sessions@AOL and MTV's Artist of the Week series. "King" was performed on Weezer's Troublemaker Tour with Karl Koch on keyboards.

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Rivers Cuomo King 05 King 2.mp3 2007 5:25 Alone X: The Red-Raditude-Hurley Years
Weezer King 2008 5:11 Weezer (The Red Album)
Weezer King May 30, 2008 5:04 Alt Nation (radio broadcast) Performance for Sirius Radio
Weezer King 2008 4:59 MTV (TV/web broadcast) Music video for MTV's Artist of the Week series
Weezer King 2008 4:54 Sessions@AOL (web video) AOL session
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Personnel

Audio

Album version

Other versions

Lyrics

One night at the disco
I wanted to dance slow
I saw a sweet baby
Such a fine lady
And I walked up to ask her
But some dude just grabbed her
I told him to back off
Cut me some slack off
I see you come here
Drinkin' that cheap beer
Act like you own it
I can't condone it
You show me no respect
You got to get off it
You got to get with it
Time for a swift kick

You see, I own this town
You best not come around
If you wanna get by
Then cool it down
If you wanna start something
Know one thing: I'm king
If you wanna mess around like that
That's just how it is
If you wanna get by
Then mind your biz
If you wanna start something
Know one thing: I'm king

You wanted attention
And did I mention:
Nobody likes you
Except for the losers
You made a whole army
An army of babies
Some of them stupid
Some of them crazy
Pick up your action
Act like a grown man
Look at the winners
You can be like them
Life is so easy
Pleasant and dreamy
If you get off me
If you get with me

You see, I own this town
You best not come around
If you wanna get by
Then cool it down
If you wanna start something
Know one thing: I'm king
If you wanna mess around like that
That's just how it is
If you wanna get by
Then mind your biz
If you wanna start something
Know one thing: I'm king

You can't break me
Never take me
That's just how it is
You can't break me
Never shake me
Clear out of my biz

You see, I own this town
You best not come around
If you wanna get by
Then cool it down
If you wanna start something
Know one thing: I'm king
If you wanna mess around like that
That's just how it is
If you wanna get by
Then mind your biz
If you wanna start something
Know one thing: I'm king

I'm king, I'm king, I'm king

See also