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Load (album)

"King Nothing" is the fifth song on Metallica's album Load. Written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett.

Theme

The song talks about wanting fame and fortune, and how after awhile, it's not what you wanted and it all becomes too much.

Live

  • "King Nothing" was played live for the first time on June 9, 1996, In San Francisco, CA.
  • It has been played at least once on every tour since it was released.
  • As of the Beginning of 2012, "King Nothing" has been played live 338 times.
  • As of Rockavaria 2015, James will sing "Where fuck's your crown" instead of "Where's your crown"

Lyrics

    Wish I may, wish I might
    Have this I wish tonight
    Are you satisfied?
    Dig for gold, dig for fame
    You dig to make your name
    Are you pacified? 
    
         All the wants you waste
         All the things you've chased
    
              Then it all crashes down
              And you break your crown
              And you point your finger
              But there's no one around
              Just want one thing
              Just to play the king
              But the castle's crumbled
              And you're left with just a name
    
    Where's your crown,
    King Nothing?
    Where's your crown? 
    
    Hot and cold, bought and sold
    A heart as hard as gold
    Are you satisfied?
    Wish I might, wish I may
    You wish your life away
    Are you pacified? 

         All the wants you waste
         All the things you've chased
    
              Then it all crashes down
              And you break your crown
              And you point your finger
              But there's no one around
              Just want one thing
              Just to play the king
              But the castle's crumbled
              And you're left with just a name
              Where's your crown, King Nothing?
              Where's your crown? 
    
    I wish I may, I wish I might
    Have this wish I wish tonight
    I want that star, I want it now
    I want it all and I don't care how
    
    Careful what you wish
    Careful what you say
    Careful what you wish, you may regret it
    Careful what you wish, you just might get it 
    
              Then it all crashes down
              And you break your crown
              And you point your finger
              But there's no one around
              Just want one thing
              Just to play the king
              But the castle's crumbled
              And you're left with just a name
    
              Where's your crown, King Nothing?
    
              Nothing
    
    You're just nothing
    Where's your crown, King Nothing?
    You're just nothing
    Absolutely nothing
    
    Off to never-never land

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