Every Man a King

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"Every Man a King"
Song by Huey Long and Castro Carazo

"Every Man a King" is a song cowritten by Louisiana's Governor and United States Senator Huey Pierce Long Jr. Long was known for his political slogan "Every man a king," which is also the title of his 1933 autobiography[1] and the catch-phrase of his Share Our Wealth proposal during the Great Depression.[2] The song's lyrics include the lines "With castles and clothing and food for all/ All belongs to you".[3]

Writing and arrangement[edit]

The song was co-written in 1935 by Huey Long and Castro Carazo, the band director of Louisiana State University, a former orchestra leader at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans brought to LSU by Long himself.[4]

An arrangement of the song was recorded by Randy Newman for his 1974 album Good Old Boys. The song was featured in the opening credits of the 1983 movie The Survivors, starring Walter Matthau, Robin Williams and Jerry Reed.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Huey Pierce Long (21 March 1996). Every man a king: the autobiography of Huey P. Long. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-306-80695-7.
  2. ^ Text of Huey Long's Every Man a King speech delivered 23 February 1935, from the personal website of a University of Texas at Tyler professor
  3. ^ Between the Wars: Every Man A King
  4. ^ LSU Band History Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine. from the Louisiana State University website