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The original version of King of the Castle appeared on the 1989 cassette-only Tadpoles' album "Beautiful Music For Ugly Children". After Mike and I formed the live version of Tadpoles, King of the Castle was one of the core tunes we worked on and so we decided to redo it again on 4-track in 1990, which is the version presented here. It proved a bit too upbeat for the heavier psych sound that the post-1992 Tadpoles developed so it was dropped from the set and never revisited.


I'm the king of the castle
Master of all I survey
Look directly into my eyes
And I might just let you stay

King of the castle

Waiting in my little world
Where all is made of gold
Look directly into my eyes
Watch yourself explode

King of the castle

I'm the king of the castle
Direction is lost on the way
Cannot see what's in front of me
Behind is where you stay

King of the castle


from Todd Parker - Presents The Farm Tapes, Vol. 1, released November 2, 2011
Michael Kite Audino - Drums
Todd Parker - Everything Else
©1989 Parker/Audino BMI


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