King of the Hill
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November 20, 2018
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MP3 6.4 MB, bitrate 175 kbps.
5:06 minutes
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Roger McGuinn © Copyright (c) Arista Records - ASCD- 2154
Story behind the song
A couple of years ago I was at Europe's largest music show Messe Frankfurt (Germany's NAMM) and I saw Roger McGuinn formally from the Byrds demonstrating Rickenbacker guitars. Well there were not many people at the booth, mostly young German metal players that apparently had no clue who Roger McGuinn was so after he played some songs and talked about guitars people went on their way looking through the displays. Well I sure knew about Roger McGuinn so I went and introduced myself and apparently he was happy to speak to someone that seemed interested and who spoke his language. He asked me and Robin to go to lunch so we did. He was really kind and informative how he gets that sound out of his 370/12 3 pickup 12 string Rickenbacker with the built in vox trebel booster and explained all what I needed to get a 360/12 (2 pickup) Rickenbacker custom built. (He also said he never used 3 pickups) and so when we got back he helped me order one. It only took 18 months for them to ship it to me here from California to Germany but I've always wanted one since I was 10 years old and got to say it was worth the wait! Needless to say I have been a bigger fan of Rogers ever since. I have many guitars so for me to justify spending thousands of Euros on another guitar I have been playing live and recording with is as much as possible. My band does only a few covers but since I introduced them to "King of the Hill" it has become a regular on our playlist...
Lyrics
L.A.'s asleep - you roll up your window The night air is cold - the freeway is clear In a green Gucci bag - are your prized possessions The jewels of your mind - to hold back the fear And when Monday comes round - there's a high lonesome sound And she follows you down for the kill And a white blinding light - makes it all seem so right And you feel like the king of the hill The driveway is long - your princess so lovely Your servants all wait - for your knock on the door How many years - will you crawl through this castle So satisfied - and still wanting more And when Monday comes round - there's a high lonesome sound And she follows you down for the kill And a white blinding light - makes it all seem so right And you feel like the king of the hill Solo The guests have arrived - with all the right faces But you miss the ball - in that room down the hall It's sunrise again - the driveway is empty The crystal is cracked - there's blood on the wall And when Monday comes round - there's a high lonesome sound And she follows you down for the kill And a while blinding light - makes it all seem so right And you feel like the king of the hill And when Monday comes round - there's a high lonesome sound And she follows you down for the kill And a white blinding light - makes it all seem so right And you feel like the king of the hill And you feel like the king of the hill Yes you feel like the king of the hill