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King For a Day is the sixteenth track on Green Day's fifth studio album, Nimrod. Like some tracks on the album, the song also deviates from the Green Day formula, being ska-punk inspired and featuring a horn section throughout the song, played by both Gabrial McNair and Stephen Bradley.

Song Meaning

The narrator talks about his interest in cross-dressing, which started at four years old trying on his mother's clothes. When he was found out, he was thrown into therapy by his father with the belief that cross-dressing is something real men don't do. He however disagrees, believing that anyone should be free to dress however they like if it makes them feel comfortable, stating the trope of doing this making you not a real men is outdated.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Started at the age of four
My mother went to the grocery store
Went sneaking through her bedroom door
To find something in a size four

[Pre-Chorus]
Sugar and spice and everything nice
Wasn't made for only girls
GI Joe in panty hose
Is making room for the one and only

[Chorus]
King for a day, princess by dawn
King for a day in a leather thong
King for a day, princess by dawn
Just wait 'til all the guys get a load of me

[Verse 2]
My daddy threw me in therapy
He thinks I'm not a real man
Who put the drag in the drag queen
Don't knock it until you tried it

[Pre-Chorus]
Sugar and spice and everything nice
Wasn't made for only girls
GI Joe in panty hose
Is making room for the one and only

[Chorus]
King for a day, princess by dawn
King for a day in a leather thong
King for a day, princess by dawn
Just wait 'til all the guys get a load of me

[Interlude]

[Pre-Chorus]
Sugar and spice and everything nice
Wasn't made for only girls
GI Joe in panty hose
Is making room for the one and only

[Chorus]
King for a day, princess by dawn
King for a day in a leather thong
King for a day, princess by dawn
King for a day in a leather thong

King for a day, princess by dawn
King for a day in a leather thong
King for a day, princess by dawn
Just wait 'til all the guys
Just wait 'til all the guys
Just wait 'til all the guys get a load of me

Trivia

  • The part of "Sugar, spice and everything nice" is quite a reference to the Cartoon Network show The Powerpuff Girls.
  • On the live performances of the song, many times it segments into a cover of 'Shout' by the Isley Brothers.
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