Saturday, June 27, 2015

King of France

The king of France, he
Comes to America. He
Can't be understood.

This poorly recorded Basement Tapes song from 1967 doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The King of France comes to America and has various adventures. I don't have the lyrics handy, so you'll have to trust me on this one. The recording quality is so bad that some of the words are hard to make out against all the distortion. It wouldn't feel out of place on "White Light/White Heat" by the Velvet Underground, but you can find it on volume 11 of the Bootleg Series. (I've often wondered whether this song has its roots in the Dauphin character from "Huckleberry Finn," but it's anybody's guess)

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