The Phony King of England video song from Robin Hood (1973)
written by Johnny Mercer, sung by Phil Harris as Little John
Oh, the world will sing of an English king a thousand years from now,
And not because he passed some laws or had that lofty brow.
While bonny good King Richard leads the great crusade he's on
We'll all have to slave away for that good-for-nothin' John.
Incredible as he is inept whenever the history books are kept
They'll call him the phony king of England.
A pox on the phony king of England.
He sits alone on a giant throne pretendin' he's the king
A little tyke who's rather like a puppet on a string
And he throws an angry tantrum if he cannot have his way
And then he calls for Mom while he's suckin' his thumb
You see, he doesn't wanna play.
Too late to be known as John the
First he's sure to be known as John the Worst
A pox on that phony king of England.
Lay that country on me, babe
While he taxes us to pieces and he robs us of our bread
King Richard's crown keeps slippin' down around that pointed head
Ah, but while there is a merry man in Robin's wily pack
We'll find a way to make him pay and steal our money back.
A minute before he knows we're there old Rob'll snatch his underwear
The breezy and uneasy king of England.
The snivelin', grovelin', measly, weaselly, blabberin', jabberin'
Jibberin', jabberin', plunderin', plottin', wheelin', dealin'
Prince John that phony king of England.