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A Music Blog (#15: Checkmate! Now, king me)
I only heard this song recently (or at any rate paid attention to it; it was hidden within my computer files like a molecule participating at the Hide and Seek championships) but I found it fairly interesting and so it gets featured today!
But first an important announcement, going off comments in the previous entry!
Anyways, this song is...interesting for a number of reasons. The lyrics are written by the likes of Tim Rice and music by members of ABBA, and this version is sung by a different band! Furthermore the song was used for a musical titled Chess, which apparently was fairly successful.
Most of the full version being linked, which involves the 'from a musical' aspect in an orchestrated opening for the first 1:45 or so in that (here only the first 50 seconds). It's a fairly abrupt change but it seems to work in a way. The song itself has a catchy chorus too which also contrasts with the spoken verses... in a way one might wonder what this song doesn't have. But enough rambling for the moment!
Certainly has an asian theme, this song, which I suppose is only fitting. =p Neat beat to it as well, have to say, but the chorus and how it fits in the rest of the song is my main favourite part of it in that regard.
The song itself is about a former chess player going to watch a chess world tournament match while expressing his lack of interest in anything else, such as the city ('This grips me more than would a/Muddy old river or reclining Buddha') or the other, ahem, attractions. As per the musical's story anyway.
Some rather amusing lyrics in showing that too; 'I'd let you watch, I would invite you/But the queens we use would not excite you' and in particular 'I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine', haha. There's some clever bits in too; that mention of a 'Yul Brynner'? Apparently (yay google) was the actor in 'The King and I', acting as the King of Siam, Siam being Thailand. I guess it does risk falling flat on a number of listeners though; I had to look it up after all to understand.
And 'fun above the waistline'? They showed some Thai boxing in which that is a rule of the fighting in the video too, interestingly. I like to think that's a purposeful triple meaning in that lyric due to that.
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