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Thread #20724   Message #627665
Posted By: Jim Dixon
14-Jan-02 - 12:02 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: King of Names
Subject: Lyr Add: THE KING OF NAMES (Peter Yarrow)
For the record, here's PP&M's version, found at their web site. I think it's substantially different from any traditional version, so Peter Yarrow was probably justified in putting his name on it.

THE KING OF NAMES
(Peter Yarrow, Pepamar Music Corp, ASCAP)

There's a man goin' 'round takin' names,
Well there's a man goin' 'round takin' names.
He took my father's name,
And he left my heart in pain,
There's a man goin' 'round takin' names.

An' he took that liar's name, takin' names,
He took that liar's name, takin' names.
He took that liar's name,
His tongue got twisted and it died in shame,
There's a man goin' 'round takin' names.

When the child saw the man takin' names,
What a funny, what a funny game, takin' names!
He took his brother's name,
And he took his father's name,
When the child saw the man takin' names.

And there's a King on the throne takin' names,
There's a King on the throne takin' names;
And there's a priest in flames,
And the court's gone insane,
And the King's sittin' there takin' names.

I had a dream, I had a dream,
I had a dream last night that worried me,
It worried me.
Trees were bending, People were trembling,
I had a dream that worried me, that worried me, worried me.

There's a man goin' 'round takin' names,
There's a man goin' 'round takin' names.
He took my father's name,
And he left me there in pain,
There's a man goin' 'round takin' names.

[Recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary on "Album," 1966.]