Who Sang King of the World? Steely Dan

Steely Dan Countdown to Ecstasy cover art
publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Donald Jay Fagen, Walter Carl Becker
release date: 1973-7
genres: Jazz Rock Pop
styles: Alternative Rock/Pop Rock/Classic Rock
length: 5:01
writer: Donald Fagen, Walter Becker
Hello one and all
Was it you I used to know
Can't you hear me call
On this old ham radio
All I got to say
I'm alive and feeling fine
If you come my way
You can share my poison wine

No marigolds in the promised land
There's a hole in the ground
Where they used to grow
Any man left on the Rio Grande
Is the king of the world
As far as I know

I don't want your bread
I don't need your helping hand
I can't be no savage
I can't be no highwayman
Show me where you are
You and I will spend this day
Driving in my car
Through the ruins of Santa Fe


I'm reading last year's papers
Although I don't know why
Assassins cons and rapers
Might as well die

If you come around
No more pain and no regrets
Watch the sun go brown
Smoking cobalt cigarettes
There's no need to hide
Taking things the easy way
If I stay inside
I might live til Saturday


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Bodhisattva
  • 2 Razor Boy
  • 3 The Boston Rag
  • 4 Your Gold Teeth
  • 5 Show Biz Kids
  • 6 My Old School
  • 7 Pearl of the Quarter
  • 8 King of the World