Favourite Songs #6 – Top of the World

 Top of the World – Patty Griffin

Patty Griffin – Top of the World

everyone’s singing
We just want to be heard
Disappearing every day
Without so much as a word

It must surely be a crime against humanity that some foolish business men prevented the release of Patty Griffin’s Silver Bell album. Fortunately the age of the internet means that those who wish to acquire it can do so without too much difficulty. It’s a crime if only that this masterpiece of a song went unreleased for a good four years. It finally received its proper release on Patty’s 2004 Impossible Dream (my favourite PG album). The version I post here however is the original. Not too much different but enough to make even more charming for me.

It’s difficult to know what to say about this song as it elicits such vivid personal thoughts and emotions. The lyrics are easy to follow and therefore it’s best that each listener makes up their own mind. Suffice it to say I have been brought to tears time and time again. There is no better way to mark this song than show the lyrics and invite you to have a listen to one of the most touching songs I have ever heard.

I wished I was smarter
Wished I was stronger
I wished I loved Jesus
The way the my wife does

I wished it’d been easier
Instead of any longer
I wished I could’ve stood
Where you would’ve been proud
That won’t happen now
That won’t happen now

There’s a whole lot of singing
That’s never gonna be heard
Disappearing every day
Without so much as a word
Somehow

I think I broke the wings
Off that little songbird
And she’s never gonna fly
To the top of the world Now
To the top of the world

I don’t have to answer
Any of these questions
Don’t have no god to
Teach me no lessons

I come home in the evening
Sit in my chair
One night they called me for supper
But I never got up
I stayed right there
In my chair

There’s a whole lot of singing
That’s never gonna be heard
Disappearing every day
Without so much as a word
Somehow

I think I broke the wings
Off a little songbird
And she’s never gonna fly
To the top of the world
Now
To the top of the world

I wished I’d had known you
Wished I had shown you
All of the things I
Was on the side
But I’d pretend to be sleeping
When you’d come in in the morning
To whisper goodbye
Go work in the rain
I don’t know why
Don’t know why

Cause everyone’s singing
We just wanna be heard
Disappearing every day
Without so much as a word
Somehow?

Gonna grab a hold
Of that little songbird
And take her for a ride
To the top of the world
Right now
To the top of the world

You can buy one of my very favourite albums ever, Impossible Dream by Patty Griffin here for next to nothing.

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