Wedding Song: The Greatest

If you’ve been looking for the perfect Cat Power wedding song (and Sea of Love isn’t your jam), then I would definitely consider “The Greatest.”

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this Cat Power album of the same name. Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) recorded the album with The Memphis Rhythm Band featuring several awesome musicians from my college town, so it’s no surprise it’s one of my faves. (If you like this album, check out the work of Harlan T. Bobo, who did the string arrangements on The Greatest.)

The lyrics are below. They don’t necessarily stand out as being romantic, but I don’t think there’s anything that could be considered inappropriate for a wedding song. It’s really the song itself that I just love.

Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or waterfall could stall me
And then came the rush of the flood
Stars of night turned deep to dust
Melt me down
Into big black armor
Leave no trace of grace
Just in your honor
Lower me down
To culprit south
Make ’em wash a space in town
For the lead
And the dregs of my bed
I’ve been sleepin’
Lower me down
Pin me in
Secure the grounds
For the later parade
Once I wanted to be the greatest
Two fists of solid rock
With brains that could explain
Any feeling
Lower me down
Pin me in
Secure the grounds
For the lead
And the dregs of my bed
I’ve been sleepin’
For the later parade
Once I wanted to be the greatest
No wind or waterfall could stall me
And then came the rush of the flood
Stars of night turned deep to dust

2 Comments

  • Point totally taken…but to me a song is all about how it makes you feel. I personally find this song/melody romantic and dreamy. If the lyrics make you feel uncomfortable that is definitely a personal choice.

  • Matt says:

    tumbled upon this in looking up the lyrics — but is this post intended as a practical joke on someone? This song is (ever so clearly) about giving up a good deal of hope in what is to come in one’s life.

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