The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)

Album: The Red Album (2008)
  • You try to play it cool like you just don't care
    But soon I'll be playing in your underwear
    I'm like a mage with a magic spell
    You'll come like a dog when I ring yo bell

    I've got the money and I've got the fame
    You've got the hots to ride on my plane
    You're giving me all that I desire
    'Cos down with me, I'm taking you higher

    (yelling over riffage)
    I'm the baddest of the bad
    I'm the best that you've ever had
    I'm the tops
    I'm the thing
    All the girls get up when I sing
    I'm the meanest in the place
    Step up, I'll mess with yo face
    I don't care where you are
    Look up and follow the star

    (falsetto)
    I'm gonna tear down the wall
    I may not be here when you call
    So best be giving me your all

    (Bohemian Rhapsody-style choir vocals)
    After the havoc I am gonna wreak
    No more words will critics have to speak
    I've got the answers to the tangled knot
    Sleep tight in your cot

    (80s-rock falsetto)
    Oh baby
    I've been told that I am going crazy
    Oh baby
    But I can't be held down
    Oh baby
    Somehow I'm keeping it steady
    Oh baby
    I'm tearing up this town

    (fast-paced rock)
    Hey, this is what I like
    Cut my heart with a martyr's spike
    Hey, this is nothing new
    I've got more than enough for you

    (bouncy pop)
    I can take on anybody
    I can do my thing
    I don't wanna hurt nobody
    But a bee has got to sting
    Imma fix it if you mix it up
    Talk smalk and I am gonna shut you up

    (epic vocals)
    I am the greatest man that ever lived
    I was born to give
    I am the greatest man that ever lived
    Radio idea

    (spoken)
    Somebody said all the world?s a stage
    And each of us is a player
    That's what I've been trying to tell you
    In act 1, I was struggling to survive
    Nobody wanted my action dead or alive
    Act 2, I hit the big time
    And bodies be all up on my behind
    And I can't help myself
    'Cos I was born to shine
    If you don't like it, you can shove it
    But you don't like it, you love it
    So I'll be up here in a rage
    'Til they bring the curtain down on this stage

    (Beach Boys-style overlapping vocals)
    I am the greatest man that ever lived (x4)

    (fact-paced pop becoming rock)
    I am the greatest man that ever lived
    I was born to give and give and give
    I am the greatest man that ever lived
    Radio idea
    I am the greatest man that ever lived
    I was born to give
    Ohhhh! Writer/s: RIVERS CUOMO
    Publisher: E O Smith Music
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 1

  • Steven from Gilbert, AzWeezer's second, maybe third best track, the harmony's are AMAZING and the falsetto solo blew me away the first time i heard it. Truly the greatest band ever.
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