I’m the King of Broken Hearts

Composer Jerry Tobias
Lyricist Fred Tobias
Year Written 1952
About I’m The King of Broken Hearts


My castle’s a room where each night I’m alone
A chair in the corner is my only throne
And all that I rule is a now-silent phone
I’m the King of Broken Hearts

My minstrel sings love songs on my phonograph
Each song brings back mem’ries of your haunting laugh
And each face in my court looks like your photograph
I’m the King of Broken Hearts

I thought that I’d forget in time
The tender kiss you gave
But now I realize that
I’m A ruler who’s only a slave

A scarf that you left now is my royal cloak
On my coat of arms are the love words you spoke
And my crown is a dream that has vanished in smoke
I’m the King of Broken Hearts

Session / Album Information


“I’m The King of Broken Hearts” was recorded on September 4, 1952 and released as single the following year. It was arranged by Percy Faith.

This recording released on:

  • 1953: Columbia 78: 39964
  • 1953: Columbia 45: 4-39964
  • 2004: Sepia Records CD: SEPIA 1028 — The Young Tony Bennett
  • 2005: ASV/Living Era CD: 5512 — Take My Hand…
  • 2006: Naxos Nostalgia CD: 8120803 — While We’re Young: Original Recordings 1950-1955
  • 2007: Proper CD: PROPERBOX 121 — Young Tony
  • 2008: Impact CD: 11105 — Purely
  • 2011: Disc #4 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK4) The Columbia Singles, Volume 2

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