Phil Lynott and The King’s Call

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Solo in Soho is the first solo album by Irish rock singer Philip Lynott, released while he was still in Thin Lizzy. Current and former Lizzy members guested on the album, including: Scott Gorham, Brian Downey, Snowy White, and Gary Moore. Brian Robertson contributed to the writing of the song, “Girls”. The album was released in 1980.

The song “Kings Call,” track #2 on the album was released as both a 7 inch and 12 inch single. It is Lynott’s personal tribute to Elvis Presley. The song features Dire Straits, front-man Mark Knopfler on guitar. “King’s Call,” written by Phil Lynott, featuring and mixed by Knopfler is a true lament to Elvis Presley. As you listen to the words in this song, you began to realize that Phil was no different that any other Presley fan in the world. He along with everyone else was in shock and disbelief at the death of the King and everyone remembers where they were, what they were doing, and the pain they felt when they heard the news. It was devastating news to all that loved and still love him.

When Phil wrote this song, he probably never imagined that this would be how many people would feel when they heard the news of his death! I love this song and wish it would have been more popular in the USA. LONG LIVE THE KINGS!!

 

KING’S CALL SONG LYRICS

It was a rainy night the night the king went down
Everybody was crying it seemed like sadness had surrounded the town

Me? I went to the liquor store
And I bought a bottle of wine and a bottle of gin
I played his records all night
Drinking with a close, close friend

Now some people say that that ain’t right
And some people say nothing at all
But even in the darkest of night
You can always hear the king’s call
You can always hear the king’s call

Well they put him away in Memphis
Six feet beneath the clay
Everybody was crying
Everybody said it was a plain grey day

Me? I went to the liquor store
And I bought another bottle of wine and another bottle of gin
I played his records all night
And I got drunk all over again

Now some people say that that ain’t right
(That ain’t right)
And some people say nothing at all
(I say nothing)
But even in the darkest of night
You could always hear the king’s call
You could always hear the king’s call

I wonder if you’re lonesome tonight
And I’d rather go on hearing your lies
Than to go on living without you

Now some people say that that ain’t right
And some people say nothing at all (I say nothing)
But even in the darkest of night
You could always hear the king’s call
You could always hear the king’s call
You could always hear the king’s call
Now the stage is bare and I’m standing here
They might as well bring the curtain down
I cried the night the king died.

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