When Love Was King
Gregory Porter Lyrics

Once was a kingdom, far far away.
Love was the rule of the day.
Nothing more nothing less
Than to give your friend your best.
There's much more story that I could tell
To make the hardest hearts swell.

This is the story when love was king.

When love was king, do you remember?
When love was king, when love was king
I remember when love was king

He ruled the land, with his fist unfurled
With open arms for the world
Of hungry children, first he'd think
To pull their lives from the brink
When love was king
He rescued souls lost in the sea
In drifting vessel he would hear their plea
When love was king
He threw a line before they'd sink
And gave the thirsty ones a drink

He told the meek that they should try
To use the sword to smite the lie
That being king is for the weak
When love was king
I pray the lord these words we seek

When love was king
He showed respect for every man
Regardless of their skin or clan
Beside him stood his mighty queen
and equal force wise and keen
He lifted up the underneath
And all his wealth he did bequeath
To those who toiled with out a gain
SO they would remember his reign

So seek someplace to call your own
Right next to this mighty shinning throne
When love was king
When love was king

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Markisha Johnson

His voice is like a hug from your grandmother after a long, hard day. It engulfs and soothes you. I'm so grateful to have discovered his amazing talents

Fido Dido

well said

MFranco Review

There is so much genuine and profound Christian spirituality and political awareness in this song. It is a true masterpiece. Gregory is living his path of bringing healing to thousands of people through his music. This man is an absolute treasure of our time. Go see him live if you can.
He's absolutely awesome live!!!

Ike Funderburk

We had the honor of being at a Gregory Porter concert last night. "When Love was King" was his encore piece. The entire hour and a half was a spiritual experience. Porter's amazing vocal range, breath control, and ability to phrase a melody line make him truly a Prince of Love in a world of decisiveness.

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Ike Funderburk thank you for the coment

Siwa Khambule

There are musicians who are skilled, talented and you get Gregory Porter, who is absolutely anointed. His music surpasses time and distance, ability to touch your soul and give healing. I am truly impressed and I can't wait to see this legend live one day.


Porter is one of my favorite male vocalist. Haunting track has the same impact as "Strange Fruit"

Queen Michele66

I can't get enough of this man's beautiful voice...Love this guy!

Rich Winn

Probably his best song ever


Saw this brother live in San Francisco with some friends. Intimate venue with great acoustics. This song literally brought me to tears. It was truly a spiritual experience. There's so much wisdom and majesty in this song. It literally hurts to hear this song, yet SEE the world we live in.

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