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King For A Day


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"King For A Day"
Music & Lyrics by Scott Cooley.

Well, I might've been a monarch in another life, 

Or an Indian chief with Pocahontas for a wife

Maybe  a CEO, or a captain of a team, 

But on this day, like a Kennedy, I was livin' an American dream


Well, I could've been born a baron or a czar, 

But instead I was dead with an acoustic guitar

I dressed up as a man from Graceland, for a party I went to, 

But I wished I was incognito, and alive in Kalamazoo


Well, some say it's good to be the king, but I'm here to tell you it ain't

In a world of sinners it’s too hard to be a saint

I'd rather be a pawn in some other guy's game

Had my chance on the throne, but what a royal pain

Feeling like a fool was the price I paid

To be king for a day


Well I was kickin' it old school, circa '76, 

Sayin' "thank you very much," and playin' some Scotty licks

White jump suit, huge collar, lambchop sideburns too, 

Posin' for pics with old ladies for an entire afternoon


My blood was blue, but all I could do was frown, 

I wore no crown, felt like a big fat clown

You could say that I ruled, but all I wanted to do was live, 

I swore I'd be happier without a penny to give


Well, some say it's good to be the king, but I'm here to tell you it ain't

In a world of sinners it’s too hard to be a saint

I'd rather be a pawn in some other guy's game

Had my chance on the throne, but what a royal pain

Feeling like a fool was the price I paid

To be king for a day

 

I just wanted to have a costume, so I could drink and fit in

But people wouldn’t leave me alone, they thought that I was him

So I did the thing with my lip, and I swiveled my hips

I sang the songs and I even got some tips

But there was too much attention, the pressure gave me the blues

You don’t know what it’s like ‘till you’ve stepped in his blue suede shoes


Well, some say it's good to be the king, but I'm here to tell you it ain't

In a world of sinners it’s too hard to be a saint

I'd rather be a pawn in some other guy's game

Had my chance on the throne, but what a royal pain

Feeling like a fool was the price I paid

To be king for a day


Spoken:  So take it from me…

It’s not even worth the fifteen minutes of fame

To be king for a day


Copyright © ℗ 2010 by Scott Cooley. All rights reserved.

King For A Day
Album cover photo by Lenore Cooley
Song from the album Sense Of Belonging
Position Track # 6
Duration 3:55
Released June 21st, 2010
Label Scott Cooley Records
Format CD, MP3, FLAC, OGG
Genre Americana
Studio Scott Cooley Music Productions
Producer Scott Cooley
Songwriter words and music by Scott Richard Cooley
Publisher Scott Richard Cooley Music Publishing, ASCAP
Personnel Scott Cooley - vocals, guitars, bass, drums, percussion
Track Chronology
"Without You"


(#5)
"King For A Day"


(#6)
"Your First True Love"

(#7)
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Brief Description

King For A Day is a song about a real experience I had dressing up as Elvis for a costume event.  As I remember it, Crazy Days or Crazy Daze was this semi-unofficial annual party on a ski hill in Michigan at Boyne Mountain where people would dress up and roll kegs up the hill and drink all day.  It was like a spring break atmosphere only on snow and it was usually held around St. Patrick's Day.  Most ski areas have some version of this near the end of the season.  This song is about me freaking out over the way people treated me while I was The King.  It was stressful, and hard to pinpoint why, but this song makes an attempt to explain it.  It gives you a microcosm of a glimpse of what it must've been like to be the real Elvis when you pretend to be Elvis.  The lesson I learned is that celebrity and fame is not for me, even as an impersonator.  I thought it would be fun like past years when I went in standard ski clothes, only better because I finally went through the trouble to be one of those crazier people who actually wore a crazy outfit, but even though I looked the part and made a decent fat 70s Elvis, it was a hassle and a buzzkill overall.  The picture to prove it is displayed below.

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