Raoul and the Kings of Spain (song)

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"Raoul and the Kings of Spain"
Single by Tears for Fears
from the album Raoul and the Kings of Spain
Released25 September 1995
FormatCD Single, 12"
Songwriter(s)Roland Orzabal, Alan Griffiths
Producer(s)Roland Orzabal
Tim Palmer
Alan Griffiths
Tears for Fears singles chronology
"Raoul and the Kings of Spain"
"God's Mistake"

"Raoul and the Kings of Spain" is a song by the band Tears for Fears, released as the first single from their 1995 album of the same name. Upon its release, the single reached #31 in the UK and would be the band's last Top 40 hit there for ten years (until 2005's "Closest Thing to Heaven"). The song also reached #39 in Belgium (Wallonia) and #26 in Poland.


"Raoul and the Kings of Spain" is about Roland Orzabal's Spanish heritage (Orzabal's father was of Spanish-Basque descent, and his grandfather was Argentinian). Raoul was actually Roland Orzabal's name for the first two weeks of his life, but his mother renamed him Roland because the family were then living in England. Orzabal named his own first son Raoul.

The track was first performed two years prior to its release, on the band's 1993 Elemental World Tour.

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was filmed at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California. The Inn is a listed historic landmark, and was where Bette Davis married in 1945. The video features Orzabal with his full supporting band including guitarist Alan Griffiths (who co-wrote and co-produced the song) and bass player Gail Ann Dorsey.

Track listing[edit]

UK 2-CD set[edit]

Disc 1
  1. "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" - 5:15
  2. "Queen of Compromise" - (Roland Orzabal, Alan Griffiths, Brian Macleod, Jebin Bruni, Gail Ann Dorsey, Jeffrey Trott)-3:52
  3. "All of the Angels" - (Roland Orzabal, Alan Griffiths)-4:25
Disc 2
  1. "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" - 5:15
  2. "Creep" (Live in Birmingham) - 4:55 (Radiohead cover)
  3. "The Madness of Roland" -(Roland Orzabal, Alan Griffiths)- 5:09

UK CD5 Promo[edit]

  1. "Raoul and The Kings of Spain" (Special Version) 4:32

German CD5 Promo[edit]

  1. "Raoul and The Kings of Spain" (Edit) 4:43