Back in the early 1990’s Toronto’s Moxy Fruvous was a hit novelty act, having fun songs with perfect harmony and minimal instruments. They had/have a small but ardent fan following and some of their songs are meant to last a long time. One of their hits, and probably their most well known, was King Of Spain, based losely on the old story about a king who wanted to escape his position and so switched places with a poor peasant who looked just like him.
In King Of Spain, Moxy Fruvous sing from the first person’s view point of a King of Spain, who had radical ideas for fun (let’s make Friday part of the weekend and give every new baby chocolate eclairs) & politics (telling my jokes to the OPEC leaders, getting it all on video) and is successful (hey Clinton, hey Yeltsin got problems? you phone me) and his subjects praise (king how r u such a genius; there’s a roof overhead and food on my plate). The king switches places with a peasant and travels to Canada and now works odd jobs in Toronto like working in Pizza Pizza, driving a zamboni and vaccuming the Sky Dome.
This is a live accapella version performed at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Enjoy!