King Of New York
Recording Artist: Quireboys
Writers: Jim Vallance
Guy Bailey
Jonathan Gray
Date Written: 1993
Albums: Bitter Sweet and Twisted (1993)
Lost In Space (2000)
Audio:
Comments:
Bob Rock
"King Of New York" was one of the least disciplined writing sessions I've been involved in.

My friend Bob Rock was kind enough to ask me to write with the Quireboys for their "Bitter Sweet And Twisted" album, which Bob produced. We booked four days for the writing session, with a 1:00 pm start-time each day.

On the first day, 1:00PM came and went, and the Quireboys failed to arrive. At 2:00 their tour manager, Bobby Thomson, phoned to say they were running behind and would be at my studio by 3:00.

Jonathan and Guy finally arrived at 4:00, looking dreadful and complaining of horrendous hangovers, having stayed up late the night before. No worries. I boiled the kettle for tea and we got down to business.

They played me an idea they were working on called "King of New York". They had a rough musical sketch, but little more. By dinner hour we'd managed to get the structure of the song "mapped out", and the boys headed off for the evening.

Next day, Wednesday, I received a number of phone calls at regular intervals from Bobby Thomson, each promising the boys' imminent arrival. By four o'clock Bobby had to admit they wouldn't be coming in that day at all, as the previous evening's debauchery had been even more damaging than the night before.

No worries.

Next day, Thursday, Jonathan and Guy made it to the studio by 3:00PM, looking worse than they had on the first day.  Oh dear.  A spot of tea and we got to work, making further progress on the song.

Thursday evening Bob Rock phoned to see how things were going, seeing as Friday was to be our last day. He wasn't pleased to learn the boys hadn't taken full advantage of their time with me.

Bob must have given them a stern talking-to, because they arrived punctually the following day.  As a result, were able to get the song finished and demoed in time for their studio session with Bob.
 
Postscript:
Bobby Thomson >
Bobby Thomson, the Quireboy's tour manager, was a lovely fellow ... the quintessential English gentleman.

I first met Bobby in 1993 when he was working for the Quireboys, and I met him again in 2003 when he visited Vancouver with Ozzy Osbourne. We had a nice chat backstage before Ozzy's show, and we promised to keep in touch. Tragically, Bobby died in his sleep two months later, on July 24, 2003, while on tour with Ozzy, the result of advanced throat cancer.  He was only 50 years old.
Lyrics:

You are the reason
That makes this all worthwhile
You see it in my face
When all I do is smile

Love’s such a small word
For someone so dear
All that I know
Is that when you’re here

I’m the king of New York
King of New York
King of New York
I’m the king of New York
King of New York
King of New York

Excuse me Mr Lennon
If I take a page out in the Times
So the world knows I’ve found
The love of my life

Oh we'll scream from the rooftops
Soar through the sky
Love that will last
And we’ll never die
I’ll swim in your eyes
While the world passes by
Always be yours and
You’ll always be mine
All that I know at this moment in time
Oh yeah, whoah yeah yeah yeah

I’m the king of New York
King of New York
King of New York
Ooh yes I am
I’m the king of New York
King of New York
King of New York

Oh you turned this child into a man
Just with one touch of your hand
Now I am sure that I am

Aint love such a small word
For someone so dear
All that I know is that when you’re here
Whoah whoah yeah

I’m the king of New York
King of New York
King of New York
I’m the king of New York
King of New York
King of New York
I’m the king of New York…