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Celebrate 30 Years of Pretty Woman With This Extraordinary Song By Go West

Happy late Sunday/early Monday! How are you doing? I spent the weekend about two hours north of Nagoya in a little town in Komagane, Nagano. It was really beautiful! It snowed early this morning, which made me excited as Nagoya barely got any snow in the winter.

A beautiful view of the mountains after the snow fell in Nagano on a Sunday afternoon

Anyways, today is #SongLyricsSunday! This week’s prompt is “North/South/East/West”. While I was searching for songs that could fit the prompt, I suddenly remembered the late 80s/early 90s English pop band Go West. Then, I remembered that they wrote a song that was included in soundtrack for the 90s romantic comedy movie Pretty Woman. This isn’t the first post where I wrote about the soundtrack as I wrote about “Wild Women Do” when Natalie Cole passed away a few years ago. But, this month marks a special anniversary for the beloved movie, so I decided to write about “The King of Wishful Thinking” by Go West.

30 Years Since the Release of Pretty Woman

The romantic comedy Pretty Woman was released in the United States on March 23, 1990. Inspired from such 80s films like Wall Street and The last Details, the plot Pretty Woman bears some resemblance to the Pygmalion myth (which My Fair Lady is based on). The movie was super popular worldwide as it grossed $463,406,268, the fourth highest grossed movie of 1990. It is currently Disney’s highest-grossing R-rated movie.

“The King of Wishful Thinking” wasn’t supposed to be included in the movie’s soundtrack. A user on the site Songfacts had this to say about the background of the song: “Go West’s record label EMI was associated with the soundtrack. When executives heard the demo, they asked to use it. The song doesn’t make much sense in the context of the film, but it had a fresh sound that helped carry its scene and boost sales of the soundtrack.”[1]

I love Pretty Woman! I love the chemistry Edward and Vivian and their romantic adventure. I also the lightheartedness of the film, even though there are so dark elements presented. Vivan is such a fun-loving, determined, and quirky woman! My favorite scene is when she is shopping in Rodeo Drive.

I’ll Get Over You I know I Will

Martin Page

“The King of Wishful Thinking” was written by vocalist Peter Cox, guitarist Richard Drummie, and Martin Page. Cox and Drummie are members of the band Go West. Martin Page, on the other hand, is primarily a bass player but has been known to play other instruments as well. The English singer-songwriter played the keyboards for Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbuster”. He also co-wrote songs like Starship’s “We Built This City” and Heart’s “These Dreams”. Martin also worked with such artists like Earth, Wind & Fire, Robbie Williams, Josh Groban, and Barbra Streisand.

Page wrote the song with a blend of a Motown sound with Minnesota Prince sound. “There was a song by the Fine Young Cannibals at that time called “She Drives Me Crazy”,” Martin said in an interview, “It had a really attractive tempo and feel to it, so I used that a little bit as a template for building a song for them.”[1]

Cox and Drummie wrote the song’s lyrics which details positive thinking after a breakup. The lyrics details about one’s thoughts and feelings from a breakup. Even though the character is in denial and has been down and out, it knows that it can be happy once more. Everything is going to be alright, the character hopes; it is the “King of Wishful Thinking”.

What do you think of Go West’s “King of Wishful Thinking”? Does the song’s lyrics remind you of past relationships: either romantic, family, or friendship? Let me know in the comments below!

Here is American late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel and American actor Paul Rudd recreating the music video on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:


Lyrics to “King of Wishful Thinking” by Go West

I don’t need to fall at your feet
Just ’cause you cut me to the bone
And I won’t miss the way that you kiss me
We were never carved in stone
If I don’t listen to the talk of the town
Then maybe I can fool myself

I’ll get over you I know I will
I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
‘Cause I’m the king of wishful thinking
I am the king of wishful thinking

I refuse to give in to my blues
That’s not how it’s going to be
And I deny the tears in my eyes
‘Cause I don’t want to let you see no
That you have made a hole in my heart
And now I’ve got to fool myself

I’ll get over you I know I will
I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
‘Cause I’m the king of wishful thinking (I’ll get over you I know I will)
I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
‘Cause I’m the king of wishful thinking (king of wishful thinking)

I will never, never shed a tear for you
I’ll get over you (I know I will)

If I don’t listen to the talk of the town
Then maybe I can fool myself

I’ll get over you I know I will
I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking
And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
‘Cause I’m the king of wishful thinking
I’m the king of wishful thinking

I’ll get over you I know I will
You made a hole in my heart
But I won’t shed a tear for you
I’ll be the king of wishful thinking
I’ll get over you (I know I will)
I’ll pretend my heart’s still beating
‘Cause I’ve got no more tears for you
I’m the king of wishful thinking
I’ll get over you (I know I will)
You made a hole in my heart
And I’ll tell myself I’m over you
‘Cause I’m the king of wishful thinking


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  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
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  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
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References

[1] Songfacts. “King Of Wishful Thinking by Go West – Songfacts.” Song Meanings at Songfacts, www.songfacts.com/facts/go-west/king-of-wishful-thinking.

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