Nothin But Time

Album: Sun (2012)
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  • Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, wrote this 11-minute, two-chord epic to cheer up her boyfriend's daughter Lucia when she was dealing with online bullies. Lucia was in love with David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album at the time and this song winks at one of his later tracks, "Heroes." "It's up to you. To be a superhero," Marshall exults. "It's up to you. To be like nobody."
  • Marshall tried to get Bowie to sing backing on the track, but the Thin White Duke wasn't available. Instead, she got his friend and frequent collaborator Iggy Pop, to join her on the song's chin-up refrain.


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