Kings Cross / St. Pancras

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about

'Kings Cross' is so called, because King George IV (1762-1830) had a monument to himself built in the area. This tall column, with a statue of the king at the top (which itself became known as the 'King's Cross'), has long been demolished. It was very unpopular - as was the king. Thus the lyrics for the first part of this song are about how silly the king is and how his subjects related to him.
The first part of the song segues into the second - 'St Pancras' (one of my favourite London buildings), with a shift of mood and texture. The cities at the end of the song are four places you can visit via the Eurostar from St Pancras.

lyrics

I am the King and I like to spend,
I tend to drive Parliament around the bend.
I like my cards and I like my food,
You can be my friend too if I'm in the mood -
And you... but not you though.

Let's build a tower at the end of the street,
With a statue of 'yours truly'
On the top...

Oh no, oh no,
You lead an extravagant life, but you don't like your wife,
Oh no, oh no,
You do everything you please, but you've got gout in the knees.

I'm going to give you a 'bunch of fives' if your not careful... Again!

My name is George and I love to eat,
You can tell Parliament I don't like defeat.
Up in Scotland I wear my kilt,
All the pretty, noble ladies wilt.
(It's not me you know, it's because i'm the King!)

Let's show my power at the end of the street,
With a statue of 'yours truly'

All the little babies starved and weak,
'Mummy, Daddy, where's our plates of beef?'
Let's clear the slums of vermin!
From the top...

Oh no, oh no,
You lead an extravagant life, but you don't like your wife,
Oh no, oh no,
You do everything you please, but you've got...


(St Pancras)

Coming up the stairs, I emerge into the open,
And I see the blue skies and the brilliant sunshine,
And ahead of me, in all it's golden majesty...
St. Pancras!

On a broken seesaw,
Gazing higher never looking at the ground.
All the iron steeples,
Gothic towers, pillars, echoing sound.
(Paris, Brussels, Lille, Aachen)

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from Victoria, released April 10, 2015

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The Royal Vincident London, UK

A singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, formerly of London based alt rock band My Octopus George. Victoria is his first solo album. His musical style is quirky, but melodic. Influences include: Cardiacs, David Bowie, The Beatles, Nirvana, Elliott Smith and a lot of classical composers. ... more

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