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King of the Whole Wide World

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Words & Music: Ruth Batchelor/ Bob Roberts
A poor man wants the oyster
A rich man wants the pearl
But the man who can sing when he hasn't got a thing
He's the king of the whole wide world

Come on let's sing, sing brother sing
'Cos the man who can sing when he hasn't got a thing
He's the king of the whole wide world

The rich man wants the princess
The poor man just wants a girl
But the man who can sing when he hasn't got a thing
He's the king of the whole wide world

Come on let's sing, sing brother sing
'Cos the man who can sing when he hasn't got a thing
He's the king of the whole wide world

A poor man wants to be a rich man
A rich man wants to be a king
But the man who can sing when he hasn't got a thing
He's the king of the whole wide world

Come on let's sing, sing brother sing
'Cos the man who can sing when he hasn't got a thing
He's the king of the whole wide world

Come on let's sing, sing brother sing
'Cos the man who can sing when he hasn't got a thing
He's the king of the whole wide world
Of the whole wide world
Of the whole wide world
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Recorded: 1961/10/27, first released on EP

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shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2014report abuse
I think this is one of the best things Elvis ever did. An electric rocker loaded with fun. Again should have been a single. RCA should be ashamed, they screwed up, A Lot!!!!
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 4, 2013report abuse
Great song, fantastic performance. It was the last time we get to hear Elvis' Jailhouse Rock or Hound Dog voice pop up occasionally in this song.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on May 28, 2013report abuse
A fabulous rocking track from a very enjoyable film. I would have coupled this with Home is Where the Heart is, and reckon this would have been an enormous 2 sided hit. I agree the extended version is slightly better with extra sax from Boots. - 5 stars.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 30, 2013report abuse
A good song. I prefer the longer version with more Boots to enjoy.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
This is such a brilliant, fun and catchy song and it's easily one of Elvis' very best movie songs. RCA's poor decision making when it came to this song prevented this song from being a hit. This song deserved to be a hit.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2010report abuse
A real wasted opportunity by RCA on this one. This had #1 single written all over it and they put it on a format that outside of Elvis wasn't selling anymore. It's appearance on the soundtrack LP, still managed to get it to #30, but the airplay wasn't there to get it where it belonged. Can you imagine a single with this as the A side rocker and the beautiful "I Met Her Today" on the flip (a great song that stayed unreleased for four years!). The EP would have still sold with the strength of the other five tracks. Elvis could still rock, even if the edge had been dulled (this one doesn't have that raucous sound of "Little Sister", "Such A Night" and "I Feel So Bad") a little to appeal to the softer style of the early 60's.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 13, 2009report abuse
I really dig the early sixties Elvis and the movies! Times were different! In Norway the EP came short of KOTWWW/HIWTHI. Only a 4 track EP and a single combining the two songs mentioned! And it actually went to no 1 here. I think it did the same in Sweden and Denmark! I really dig the extended version of KOTWWW and the full lenght version of the rest of the songs on the EP in stereo! It's a tie imo between KOTWWW and I Got Lucky!
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 13, 2009report abuse
I really like this one a lot---and it was nice to get that extended sax solo when RCA put it out later. I love I Got Lucky and Riding A Rainbow too, from the same movie. I loved hearing Bruce Springsteen use a few lines from this song when he wrote "Badlands" shortly after Elvis died in 1977. He changed it to: "Poor man wanna be rich;Rich man wanna be king; And a king ain't satisfied; 'Till he rules everything." Much darker, but I sure appreciate the influence. I think the EPs for Follow That Dream, Wild in the Country, Kid Galahad and Flaming Star were all great and better than many many of the full soundtracks. They are also all better movies than Blue Hawaii or GI Blues (or Girls, Girls, Girls or Tickle Me or Harum Scarum......). To bad the bigger hits were the lesser works.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 13, 2009report abuse
Elvis singin about who else but himself 'King of the whole wide World' and a very good recording.
adiels (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 13, 2009report abuse
This is absolutely one of my favorite songs, and it's a moviesong! This is also one of the first Elvis songs I ever heard. Loved it then, and still do. A timeless 60's rocker with great sax solo!
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 13, 2009report abuse
Great song, great. Everyone I ever played this for was like, how come this wasn't a single release? Just compare this song to the songs in any travelogue movie. Not even close. In fact this EP & Follow That Dream had a sort of quality about them that were a cut above the other movie songs. This happened again when the Viva Las Vegas EP was released a few years later. The EPs were good, the LP soundtracks mostly not.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 13, 2009report abuse
Not a bad song,film was average.Didn't like his hair style in it.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 13, 2009report abuse
It´s average, nothing really special for me. But I have to admit it is sung well
Dixieland Rock (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 23, 2008report abuse
It's easy for me to say this looking in hind sight, but I think song would've, could've been a bigger hit if the Coloniel had let Elvis make a few TV appearances when "Kid Galahad" first came out. If Elvis could have performed this track on the Sullivan Show or a show like that to promote the film, that would've been awesome. This song along with "Dirty Dirty Feeling", "It Feels So Right" & "I Want You With Me" are the few times Elvis' 50's era voice came oozing back out. I love these songs & they are among my favorites from the 60s.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2008report abuse
It feels like Elvis's sideburns from the 50ties were growing back when he recorded that song...Good one !
dressingroomrehearsa (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2008report abuse
As a salvation army officer, I am not kidding, I really like this one. Especially the methaphor in the first verse. It reminds me of the preaching of Jesus, it is a down to earth example for happiness.
Bill Rauhuff (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2008report abuse
I always loved Kid Galahad and Follow that Dream and the music from both. I always felt they were both underated. I guess because they were sandwiched between Blue Hawaii and Girls Girls Girls and did not have LP soundtracks they both were a little overlooked or forgotten much like Flaming Star and Wild in the Country but I like all four of these movies better than most.
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2008report abuse
I love this song and I love the film!!
marty (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2008report abuse
Among the songs Elvis recorded for movie soundtracks this was one of the better ones. Somewhere between rock 'n' roll and pop in many ways it showcases why Elvis was starting to loose his domination of the charts. Good but not great, played by outstanding musicians and sung by The King, but missing that 'something' that would make it a classic. On the other hand unfortunately many of his movie songs needed much more than just a little something to make them classics. Overall a song I always enjoyed. Some very entertaining outtakes as well...
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2008report abuse
I thought this was the best movie song (rocker) since the King Creole soundtrack. Catchy tune, lyrics, good backing and Elvis had his 50's voice back somewhat. Always felt it should have been a A side on a single. Hit material.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2008report abuse
I bought the Kid Galahad EP back around the time the movie first was shown in theaters. Always prefered I Got Lucky over King.
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 22, 2008report abuse
Iam not a great fans of Elvis movie songs but i like some of them and this one goes with the one i like.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2008report abuse
I bought the Kid Galahad EP in my teens, the songs will never be classics but certainly nice sing-a-long tunes such as this one.

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