Joe Grushecky - TALKING TO THE KING

First performance: 17/10/1995


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 27 times always together with Joe Grushecky:
 
In October 1995, Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers kicked off the release of their American Babylon album with a six-stop tour dubbed the "October Assault." Introduced as "honorary Houserocker of the week" on the first night, Bruce Springsteen joined the band for the majority of the set on all six dates, playing guitar and sharing vocals with Grushecky. At each show, Springsteen came out for American Babylon's 'What did you do in the war' and remained on stage for the remainder of the set. The fourth date of the mini-tour (20 Oct 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA) was broadcast on radio. Eight songs from the fourth date and two songs from the fifth date (21 Oct 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA) were officially released. 
 
 

  • performed 6 times during the 6-date-long October Assault Tour with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers. 
 
1995-10-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky) 
 
1995-10-18 - TRAMPS, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Joe Grushecky)
 
1995-10-19 - ELECTRIC FACTORY, PHILADELPHIA, PA (Joe Grushecky)

1995-10-20 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)

1995-10-21 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
 
1995-10-24 - PARK WEST, CHICAGO, IL (Joe Grushecky)
 
  • performed 10 times during the first (2000), second (2001), fourth (2003), fifth (2004), seventh (2006), tenth (2010), eleventh (2011), twelfth (2012), fourteenth (2014), and fifteenth (2015) annual Light Of Day benefits. The song was played with Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers.
 
2000-11-03 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
 
2001-11-03 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Light of Day)
 
2003-11-01 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
 
2004-11-06 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)

2006-12-02 - STARLAND BALLROOM, SAYREVILLE, NJ (Light of Day)
 
2010-01-16 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)

2011-01-15 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)

2012-01-14 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)

2014-01-18 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)

2015-01-17 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
 
  • Bruce performed Talking to the king on a few more occasions, always with Joe Grushecky.

1998-03-02 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)

1999-07-09 - HOOLIGANS, LONG BRANCH, NJ (Joe Grushecky)

2004-07-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky)

2004-12-02 - HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, PITTSBURGH, PA (Concert for Flood Aid)

2010-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
 
2010-11-05 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)

2011-11-03 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)

2011-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)

2014-05-22 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)

2014-05-23 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)

2015-07-18 - WONDER BAR, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
 

Songinfo

'Talking to the king' is a song written by Joe Grushecky and released on Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers' 1992 album End Of The Century.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce co-wrote some songs with Joe Grushecky
 
He also contributed to other albums with vocals, guitar, harmonica or mandolin
 
Bruce contributed on three albums of Joe Grushecky

1995 : AMERICAN BABYLON 
 
 
 
 
 
2006 : A GOOD LIFE 
 
Is a studio album by Joe Grushecky released on 15 Aug 2006 on Schoolhouse Records. It features Bruce Springsteen on four tracks. He shares vocals and plays guitar with Grushecky on Code of Silence, Is she the one and A Good life, and only plays guitar on Searching for my soul. The primary recording sessions for the album took place at studios in West Virginia. However Springsteen, with Toby Scott engineering, worked only from his New Jersey home studio and overdubbed onto Gruschecky's already completed basic tracks.
 
 
 
2009 : EAST CARSON STREET

is a studio album by Joe Grushecky released in 2009. Bruce Springsteen participated in the recording of three of the album's tracks; he plays guitar on East Carson Street, sings duet vocals and plays lead guitar on Another thin line, and plays lead guitar on Broken wheel.
 
 
 
Joe Grushecky, so far, had 57 appearances with Springsteen:
 
1. 1982-07-17 - BIG MAN'S WEST, RED BANK, NJ (Iron City Houserockers)
2. 1984-09-20 - PENNSYLVANIA DECADE, PITTSBURGH, PA (Iron City Houserockers)
3. 1988-03-20 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
4. 1992-12-16 - CIVIC ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
5. 1993-11-00 - THRILL HILL WEST, BEVERLY HILLS, CA (Joe Grushecky recording session)
6. 1994-02-00 - THRILL HILL WEST, BEVERLY HILLS, CA (Joe Grushecky recording session)
7. 1994-08-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ (Joe Grushecky recording session)
8. 1994-08-20 - MARZ AMERICAN STYLE, LONG BRANCH, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
9. 1995-04-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ (no performance)
10. 1995-07-22 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
11. 1995-10-16 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (rehearsal)
12. 1995-10-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
13. 1995-10-18 - TRAMPS, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Joe Grushecky)
14. 1995-10-19 - ELECTRIC FACTORY, PHILADELPHIA, PA (Joe Grushecky)
15. 1995-10-20 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
16. 1995-10-21 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
17. 1995-10-24 - PARK WEST, CHICAGO, IL (Joe Grushecky)
18. 1996-04-25 - BRIXTON ACADEMY, LONDON, ENGLAND
19. 1996-09-16 - BENEDUM CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
20. 1997-12-13 - CHEERS, LONG BRANCH, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
21. 1998-03-02 - NICK'S FAT CITY, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
22. 1999-07-09 - HOOLIGANS, LONG BRANCH, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
23. 2000-04-25 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
24. 2000-04-26 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
25. 2000-11-03 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
26. 2001-11-03 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Light of Day)
27. 2002-11-02 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ (Light of Day)
28. 2002-12-04 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
29. 2003-08-06 - PNC PARK, PITTSBURGH, PA
30. 2003-11-01 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
31. 2004-07-17 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
32. 2004-11-06 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
33. 2004-12-02 - HEINZ HALL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, PITTSBURGH, PA (Concert for Flood Aid)
34. 2005-07-28 - PETERSEN EVENTS CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
35. 2006-02-00 - THRILL HILL EAST, RUMSON, NJ (b) (Joe Grushecky recording session)
36. 2006-06-20 - TWEETER CENTER AT THE WATERFRONT, CAMDEN, NJ
37. 2006-12-02 - STARLAND BALLROOM, SAYREVILLE, NJ (Light of Day)
38. 2007-11-14 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
39. 2008-08-19 - HERSHEYPARK STADIUM, HERSHEY, PA
40. 2009-05-19 - MELLON ARENA, PITTSBURGH, PA
41. 2010-01-16 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
42. 2010-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
43. 2010-11-05 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
44. 2011-01-15 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
45. 2011-11-03 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
46. 2011-11-04 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
47. 2012-01-14 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
48. 2012-10-27 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
49. 2012-10-27 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Barack Obama Rally)
50. 2014-01-18 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
51. 2014-04-22 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA
52. 2014-05-22 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
53. 2014-05-23 - SOLDIERS & SAILORS MEMORIAL HALL & MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH, PA (Joe Grushecky)
54. 2015-01-17 - PARAMOUNT THEATRE, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Light of Day)
55. 2015-07-18 - WONDER BAR, ASBURY PARK, NJ (Joe Grushecky)
56. 2016-02-23 - QUICKEN LOANS ARENA, CLEVELAND, OH
57. 2016-09-11 - CONSOL ENERGY CENTER, PITTSBURGH, PA

Lyrics

I woke up from a dream, took a walk down the stairs
That's when I saw him standing there
I swore I heard you down here singing
The next thing you know I was talking to the king

And I was talking to the king in the promised land
He said he just flew in for a one night stand
All dressed in leather, guitar in his hand
I was talking to the king in the promised land

There's so many questions that I'd like to ask
He said go ahead and started to laugh
I lost a few pounds and quit dyeing my hair
I'm keeping clean, there ain't no pills up there
But one thing I miss is a place to sing in
I grabbed my guitar and started jamming with the king

And I was jamming with the king in the promised land
He said he just flew in for a one night stand
All dressed in leather, guitar in his hand
I was talking to the king in the promised land
Whoa!

Talking to the king
Talking to the king

You better be careful or you'll lose everything
It ain't no fun being a king
You make me mad when you start to complain
You should be glad nobody who knows your name
You got two lovely kids and a wife at home
And I died alone on my throne
Sometimes I think I sold my soul
To become the king of rock and roll

And I was talking to the king in the promised land
He just flew in for a one night stand
All dressed in leather, guitar in his hand
I was talking to the king in the promised land

Talking to the king
Talking to the king in the promised land
Talking to the king
Talking to the king in the promised land
Whoa!
Talking to the king
Talking to the king
Talking to the king
Talking to the king
Whoa! Whoa!