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King of the World

First Aid Kit

from the album The Lion's Roar released in 2012

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Lyrics

Intro

F ... C ... F ... C ... F ... C ... G ... G ...

Verse

F C F C At ten in the morning I was laughing at something F C G At the airport terminal F C F C Like, nine in the evening I was sitting F C G Crying to you over the phone While passing a border from a state to another Filled with people whom I couldn't help to relate to And we stopped a while at a roadside restaurant Where the waitress was sitting outside smoking in her car She had that look of total fear in her eyes And as we drive away from there she looked at me and she smiled I keep running around, trying to find the ground But my head is in the stars and my feet are in the sky

Chorus

F C Well, I'm nobody's baby F C I'm everybody's girl F C I'm the queen of nothing G C I'm the king... of the world

Break

C ... F ... C ... F ... C ... F ... G ... G ...
And once you asked me what was my biggest fear That things would always remain so unclear That one day I'd wake up all alone With a big family, an emptiness deep in my bones That I would be so blinded, turn a deaf ear That my fake laugh would suddenly sound sincere No, I wasn't born for anything, wasn't born to say anything I'm just here now and soon I'll be gone No, I'm nobody's baby I'm everybody's girl I'm the queen of nothing I'm the king of the world (instrumental break) Now, everyday there's a short intermission While I sleep they start dimming the lights But I've seen everything I ever want to see Screaming "fire!" In a theatre of people taking their seats Watch it all go down like a stone in a stream If you fall for your reflection you would drown in a dream Tell me something real, tell me something true I just want to feel there's something left that I can do But, I'm nobody's baby I'm everybody's girl I'm the queen of nothing I'm the king of the world (instrumental break)

Notes & Tabs

Chords, without a capo

Here are the guitar chords used to play this song along with the record in open tuning. This is how Conor Oberst plays his part, as seen in some of the live shows.

e-|----0----1----3-----
B-|----1----1----0-----
G-|----0----2----0-----
D-|----2----3----0-----
A-|----3----3----2-----
E-|---------1----3-----
       C    F    G 

Chords, with a capo

If you want to play it like Johanna (in the band) does, apply a capo to the 5th fret and replace the C/F/G with G/C/D (relative to the capo).

e-|----3----0----2-----
B-|----0----1----3-----
G-|----0----0----2-----
D-|----0----2----0-----
A-|----2----3----------
E-|----3---------------
       G    C    D 

Chord Progressions

Intro, Verse, and Chorus

This same progression is played through most of the song
| F  . . . | C . . . | F . . . | C . . . | 
| F  . . . | C . . . | G . . . | G . . . |

Break

Played just after each chorus. Repeat as desired.
| C  . . . | F . . . | C . . . | F . . . | 
| C  . . . | F . . . | G . . . | G . . . |

Song Info

Song: King of the World
Artist: First Aid Kit
Album: The Lion's Roar
Year: 2012
Label: Wichita Recordings

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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