King Midas In Reverse

Album: 30th Anniversary Collection 1963-1993 (1967)
Charted: 18 51
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Songfacts®:

  • The song title is a reference to King Midas, a legendary king of Phyrgia who asked the gods to turn everything he touched into gold. When the king's wish was granted, he was overjoyed, but when the food and drink turned into gold in his hands, Midas regretted his request and cursed it.

    Graham Nash of The Hollies wrote this song where he warns that nothing he does goes right. He is the complete "reverse" of King Midas because "everything he touches turns to dust."
  • In his book Beeswing, Fairport Convention founding member Richard Thomson recalled an incident at one of the band's early gigs. Bass guitarist Ashley Hutchings was making some between-songs patter, saying Fairport didn't seem to have much luck with money – they were "sort of like King Midas in reverse." Graham Nash was sitting at a front table, and a few months later, Hutchings' quip showed up as the title of this Hollies' single.
  • Released on September 22, 1967, this psychedelic pop song was a relative failure compared with such previous Hollies' singles as "On A Carousel" and "Carrie Anne." In response, the band penned the more commercial "Jennifer Eccles" for their next release.
  • After Nash joined Crosby, Stills, Nash & (sometimes) Young, he performed the song in his solo part of their 1970s concerts. That version appears on the 1992 expanded form of their 4 Way Street album.

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