Kings, Queens, Beggars and Thieves

Album: Transition to Colour (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • Matt Corby wrote this song when he was 18 years old. In our interview with the Australian singer-songwriter, he recalled how the tune was created. "It was the first time I had traveled overseas. The song came out right at the end of that trip," he said. "I enjoyed being at that period of my life of just wandering around playing music and not really knowing anyone. I was with this guy who was a songwriter. We were in his apartment. I had those chords and the lyrics came out quite fast."
  • During a performance for his record label at the time, Communion, Corby explained how he was actually feeling homesick. "I had just spent a month in London and then I was in New York. I had no friends or anything," he said. "It was basically just describing the last crazy five or six weeks of my life and how I was losing sleep over not feeling at home."
  • The lyrics of the second verse and chorus demonstrate Corby's longing to return home:

    Dreams
    Oh, listen to me
    I'm so tired of this place
    And I wanna be free
    And they say
    "Oh, don't you get it, You're never
    You're never going back home"
    And they say
    "Oh, don't you get it
    There is more to life, there is more to life than I know"

    'Cause I stood in the heated halls and I played for the King and the Queen
    Oh, I went out in the blistering cold and I played for the beggars and thieves
    I saw the pain in their eyes fade away as they listened to me
    Oh, I will carry that weight back home
  • When we spoke with Corby in 2016, he talked about how this song deserves more attention. "I feel like if I released that now, it would be better," he said. "People would maybe listen to it a bit more. I feel like no one knows that song. It has completely bypassed everyone."

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