I Was the King, I Really Was the King is the second album by British alternative rock band Animals That Swim, released in June 1996 via Elemental Records. Its title is taken from a line in the book This is Orson Welles.
I Was the King, I Really Was the King received mixed to positive reviews upon release. AllMusic's Ned Raggett saw the LP as a natural progression from the band's debut album, Workshy, but more energetic and "pop-friendly". He drew musical comparisons with Marc Almond's solo material and the songs of Simple Minds, and highlighted "The Longest Road" as one of the album's best tracks, stating that the trumpet playing of Del Crabtree gave the band's sound an integral uniqueness;
Crabtree's trumpet once more gives a very specific identity to the songs – it isn't simply added on, but becomes part of it, replacing what might have been in a less inventive group go-nowhere guitar or keyboard