TALKING TO THE KING

Live 20 Oct 1995 version


Woke up from a dream, took a walk downstairs
That's when I saw him standing there
I swore I heard you down here singing
And next thing you know I was talking to the king

I was talking to the king in the promised land
He just flew in for a one night stand
All dressed in leather, guitar in his hand
I was talking to the king in the promised land

There's so many questions that I'd like to ask
He said go ahead and started to laugh
I lost a few pounds and quit dyeing my hair
I'm keeping clean, there ain't no pills up there
But one thing I miss is a place to sing in
I grabbed my guitars, started jamming with the king

And I was jamming with the king in the promised land
He just flew in for a one night stand
All dressed in leather, guitar in his hand
I was talking to the king in the promised land
Come on!

Talking to the king
Talking to the king

You better be careful or you'll lose everything
It ain't no fun to be a king
You make me mad when you start to complain
You should be glad nobody knows your name
You got two lovely kids and a wife at home
And I died alone on my throne
Sometimes I think I sold my soul
To become the king of rock and roll

I was talking to the king in the promised land
He just flew in for a one night stand
All dressed in leather, guitar in his hand
I was talking to the king in the promised land

I was talking to the king in the promised land
He just flew in for a one night stand
All dressed in leather, guitar in his hand
I was talking to the king in the promised land
You got two lovely kids and a wife at home
And I died alone on my throne
Sometimes I think I sold my soul
To become the king of rock and roll

Talking to the king in the promised land
He just flew in for a one night stand
All dressed in leather, guitar in his hand
I was talking to the king in the promised land, whoa!
Talking to the king
Talking to the king in the promised land
Talking to the king
Talking to the king in the promised land, come on!
Talking to the king
Talking to the king
Talking to the king
Talking to the king


Info

TALKING TO THE KING is a 1992 song by Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. See the original Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers version for more details.

Live 20 Oct 1995 version

The above lyrics are for the live 20 Oct 1995 performance of TALKING TO THE KING at Nick's Fat City in Pittsburgh, PA, during Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers' October Assault Tour. Bruce Springsteen plays guitar and sings backup vocals on this song.

October Assault Tour

In October 1995, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers kicked off the release of their American Babylon album with a six-stop tour dubbed the "October Assault." Introduced as "honorary Houserocker of the week" on the first night, Bruce Springsteen joined the band for the majority of the set on all six dates, playing guitar and sharing vocals with Grushecky. At each show, Springsteen came out for American Babylon's WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR and remained on stage for the remainder of the set. The fourth date of the mini-tour (20 Oct 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA) was broadcast on radio. Eight songs from the fourth date and two songs from the fifth date (21 Oct 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA) were officially released.

Official Releases

This live 20 Oct 1995 version of TALKING TO THE KING appears on three official releases.

Joe Grushecky -- Labour Of Love
Joe Grushecky -- Labour Of Love

CD EP - Pinnacle (PLR007-3) - UK, 1996

This is one of two UK-only EP's that were released simultaneously. The pair contains a of total five live recordings from the 20 and 21 Oct 1995 October Assault Tour shows and one studio cut from American Babylon.

01- LABOR OF LOVE
02- TALKING TO THE KING [Live 20 Oct 1995 version]
03- GIMME SHELTER [Live 21 Oct 1995 version]
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers -- Down the Road Apiece - Live
Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers -- Down the Road Apiece - Live

CD - Schoolhouse Records (SHR0009-2) - Honk Kong, 1999

Album is manufactured in Honk Kong for the USA market. Eight of the album's 13 tracks are live recordings from the 20 and 21 Oct 1995 October Assault Tour shows, including three songs (recorded on 21 Oct 1995) on which Bruce Springsteen appears: TALKING TO THE KING, PUMPING IRON, and DOWN THE ROAD APIECE.
Joe Grushecky -- A Good Life: The Joe Grushecky Story
Joe Grushecky -- A Good Life: The Joe Grushecky Story

DVD + CD - Virgil Films (670653) - USA, 2009

This is a documentary DVD about Joe Grushecky and his career. It includes October Assault 1995, Nick's Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA, a bonus CD containing eight live recordings from the 20 and 21 Oct 1995 October Assault Tour show.

Live History

TALKING TO THE KING was performed 6 times during the 6-date-long October Assault Tour with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. The live 20 Oct 1995 version was first officially released in 1996.

  1. 17 Oct 1995 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  2. 18 Oct 1995 at Tramps, New York City, NY
  3. 19 Oct 1995 at Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
  4. 20 Oct 1995 at Nick's Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA
  5. 21 Oct 1995 at Nick's Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA
  6. 24 Oct 1995 at Park West, Chicago, IL

TALKING TO THE KING was performed during the first (2000), second (2001), fourth (2003), fifth (2004), seventh (2006), tenth (2010), eleventh (2011), twelfth (2012), fourteenth (2014), and fifteenth (2015) annual Light Of Day benefits. The song was played with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers.

  1. 03 Nov 2000 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (during the first annual Light Of Day benefit)
  2. 03 Nov 2001 at Tradwinds, Sea Bright, NJ (during the second annual Light Of Day benefit)
  3. 01 Nov 2003 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (during the fourth annual Light Of Day benefit)
  4. 06 Nov 2004 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (during the fifth annual Light Of Day benefit)
  5. 02 Dec 2006 at Starland Ballroom, Sayeville, NJ (during the seventh annual Light Of Day benefit)
  6. 16 Jan 2010 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (during the tenth annual Light Of Day benefit)
  7. 15 Jan 2011 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (during the eleventh annual Light Of Day benefit)
  8. 14 Jan 2012 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (during the twelfth annual Light Of Day benefit)
  9. 18 Jan 2014 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (during the fourteenth annual Light Of Day benefit)
  10. 17 Jan 2015 at Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, NJ (during the fifteenth annual Light Of Day benefit)

Bruce Springsteen also performed TALKING TO THE KING on a few more occasions from 1998 onward, always with Joe Grushecky.

  1. 02 Mar 1998 at Nick's Fat City, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  2. 09 Jul 1999 at Hooligans, Long Branch, NJ (with Joe Grushecky)
  3. 17 Jul 2004 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  4. 02 Dec 2004 at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  5. 04 Nov 2010 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  6. 05 Nov 2010 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  7. 03 Nov 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  8. 04 Nov 2011 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  9. 22 May 2014 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  10. 23 May 2014 at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)
  11. 18 Jul 2015 at Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ (with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers)

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Info about the October Assault Tour is taken from Backstreets magazine issue #50/51.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of TALKING TO THE KING on this website:

TALKING TO THE KING [Live 20 Oct 1995 version]
TALKING TO THE KING [Original Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers version]

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