Julian Lennon

Rebel King

J. Lennon/A. Moore/B. Ezrin

Julian Lennon"'Rebel King,' 'Rebel King,' 'Rebel King'… the story behind this, first of all, how it came together was Anthony Moore basically had pretty much all the lyrics together and what he was saying, although it was complete madness in some respects, appealed to me but he'd thrown a demo tape together but it didn't have any music at all. There was a rhythm to it but there was no keyboards, no guitars, no nothing, so basically I did this after we'd met and he'd gone back to England and I sat with the words and the groove and came up with the music behind it basically and we slammed it together and after he heard it he was very pleased with it. I mean, the basic story behind 'Rebel King' is initially sort of shooting down the rebel inside oneself, the devil inside, that is capable of wrecking a lot of happy situations in your life, you know, and so, I mean, people can obviously…the listener can take it for what it is or take it somewhere else but initially that was the thought behind it was. trying to stay happy and keep the devil down."  
- Julian Lennon on "Rebel King"

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The Lyrics

Hate city rivals first pulse and then freakola
Dreaming of redemption, no end
To the living edit, the sound of amputation
Or the centrifugal pull of an endless bend
Until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down

There's a shimmering dog sayin' danger what's at work here
The in growing twitch of faceless laughter
A cause without end to serve forever
The missionary madness of the sacrificial lamb

Until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down
Not until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down
Until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down
Not until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down

On the hero's tomb is written
Not what he was, but what he should've been
And nothing you can do will change the circumstances
Just a mild infuriation with statistics of sin

Until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down
Not until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down
Until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down
Not until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down

A circular lie in a calibrated order
Weathering time with salt 'n' water
Tears that you cry are your endeavor
To break into the madness of imaginary lines, until

You shoot, shoot that rebel king down
Not until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down
'Til you shoot, shoot that rebel king down
Not until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down
'Til you shoot, shoot that rebel king down
Not until you shoot, shoot that rebel king down