“Your Love is King” by Sade
In “Your Love is King”, Sade confesses that she loves her partner above every other person or thing, while tactfully praising him for his prowess in the bedroom.
The initial verses of the song sees Sade admit that her partner cares about her so much that she in turn is completely devoted to him. She calls him the king of her heart to signify her love and total dedication.
On the other hand, the terms king and heart could connote a different meaning when looked at from the intimate part of their bond. Sade may have also meant that his bedroom skills are the best. Furthermore, crowning him with her heart could also mean wrapping her thighs around him as he performs the oral magic on her.
She continues with words that have more intimate connotations than mere love such as telling him not to stop kissing her ‘heart’, touching the ‘very part’ of her and finally saying that she is ‘coming’.
In all, Sade appears to be fully describing moments of pleasure with her partner and how satisfied she feels. She continues to ask for more while stressing on the fact that she’ll never let go of his love because it is so real to her.
Writing, Production and Release Date of “Your Love is King”
Stuart Matthewman and Sade Adu teamed up to compose “Your Love Is King”. The track was helmed by English record producer, Robin Millar.
In the UK, the song was officially released on the 25th of February 1984. It was designated as the first single of the band’s debut album, called, Diamond Life. The hit single “Smooth Operator” also appears on this album. Aside Diamond Life, “Your Love is King” is also featured on a host of the Sade’s compilation albums, including:
- The Best of Sade (of 1994)
- The Ultimate Collection (of 2011)
Cover Versions and Samples
In 2004, a cover version of “Your Love Is King” was performed by English artist, Will Young. This version was used in the 2004 comedy film, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
Other popular cover versions of this song consist of the ones performed by the following:
- Harry Holland (ft. Dieter Reith) (in 1985)
- Empress Latoyah (in 2010)
- Alyssa Zezza (in 2014)
Several recording artists have also incorporated samples of this track into their songs. Some of such songs include:
- “Playing it Cool” by hip-hop duo, O.G. Style in 1991
- Eco Virtual’s “Smog”, released in 2013
American rapper, Dom Kennedy also included samples of this single in his 2018 track, titled, “The Movies”.
“Your Love is King” on the Global Charts
In 1984, this single did really well in the UK, ranking at #6 in that country. It also enjoyed similar success in New Zealand, where it ranked at #2. However, in the US, its performance was quite modest, with a ranking of #54 on the Hot 100.
Who directed the music video for “Your Love is King”?
The late music video director, Jack Semmens is credited for directing this clip.