LYRICS: Charles II: King of Bling - by Horrible Histories. Has to be one of the best.
Charles II rap from Horrible Histories series 2.
Music: Richie Webb
Lyrics: Dave Cohen
Performed by Mat Baynton
My name is, my name is
My name is, Charles II!
My name is, Charles II!
I love the peopleAnd the people love meSo much that they restoredThe English monarchy!I'm part Scottish, French, ItalianA little bit DaneBut one hundred percent party animalChampagne?
Spaniels I adoredNamed after me tooLike me, they were funWith a nutty hair do!Is today my birthday?I can't recallLet's have a party anywayBecause I love a masked ball!All hail, the king!Of bling! Let's sing!Bells ring! Ding ding!I'm the king who brought back partying!King Charles, my daddyLost his throneAnd kings were bannedThey chopped off his headThen Olly Cromwell ruled the landOld Olly wasn't jollyHe was glum, and he was proudWould be miserable as sinOnly sinning's not allowed!When Olly died, the people said'Charlie, me hearty!Get rid of his dull lawsCome back, we'd rather party! 'This action's what they calledThe monarchy restorationWhich naturally was followedBy a huge celebration!The King of Eng! (Land say! )No sin! Too sing! (Okay! )Or anything!All say, I'm the king who brought back partying!Great London Fire was a whopper!In my reign, London city came a-cropper!So this king did what was right and properFought the fire, proved I'm more than a bopperI'm a fire stopper!Married Catherine BraganzaShe was a love so trueThere would never be anotherWell... maybe one or two!Lucy Walter, Nell GwynneMoll Davies, Barbara VilliersYou think that's badBut her name's not as silly as...Hortense Mancini!As king, I must admitI broke the wedding rulesBut who cares when I brought backThe crown jewels?I reinstated ChristmasMake up, sports and even playsI was the merry monarchThey were good old days!When said and done!King Charles did run!England for fun!I was the king loved by everyoneMy song is done!
|Top: Mat Baynton as King Charles II, King of Bling.|
Bottom row from left to right: 3 of the many mistresses, Moll Davies, Hortense Mancini, and Nell Gwynne.
Hortense Mancini and the Mancini sisters were pretty much restoration versions of the Mitford Sisters. Do check them out, especially the book "The Kings' Mistresses" by Elizabeth C Goldsmith. Further, The King's Bed - gossip is always fun if not completely accurate. Yes that apostrophe was supposed to be after the s, implying multiple kings and multiple mistresses!
Oh, and the actual Charles II: