Wanderer

Songfacts®:

  • Running just 1:14, this is the title track and opener to Cat Power's 10th album. "When someone passes, you're here to deal with it in the best way that you can, for the rest of your life," she told Uncut. "That's what that song is about."
  • This was recorded as an a capella vocal test in the studio. The song is just voices.
  • The last track on the album is a reprise called "Wanderer / Exit." This version has instrumentation, including piano and a trumpet part played by Nico Segal.
  • The song is a sun-through-the-clouds acapella spiritual which reminded Cat Power of her family; her father sang in church, as did her grandmother. She told Mojo magazine:

    "I think of these ancestors I know didn't have TV and a phone and albums and s--t. My great grandma was a cotton picker and I know when you're singing songs together on your front porch, that's part of the history of humanity. You sing and that's what you do."

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