"Top Expert" as written by and Cat Power Chan Marshall....
In the light that I
I see crucifixes and
And I feel
So safe
Foot by foot
I feel like a
Beat cast-off
I feel so
Top expert on the
Tell us oh how do we
Catch a ghost in the
Ten years richer with my
Magnet shield
I feel
Not too close
And I still feel so
Being orderly
But feel like I'm passing
I winning
I winning
And I still feel so
Top expert on the
Tell us oh how do we
Make it in the shade
Hey made of shame
Hope you don't hate it
In the shade
Like a ghost
In a jar

Lyrics submitted by MarsTheStrange

"Top Expert" as written by Chan Marshall

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    General CommentI see it as a person who is weak or confused about life goes to seek help from the church or a priest of some sort who specializes in the "supernatural" or divine.( as in christian beliefs). When this confused person goes, they see "crucifixes and expectancy": the way of a moral and just life and what is expected of us as God fearing humans. This makes him/her feel safe,"And I feel So safe" but at the same time realize that he/she is not worthy of repentance or forgiveness. "I feel like a Beat cast-off I feel so Ashamed"

    Now feeling left out and cast off this person asks the priest or "Top Expert on the supernatural"
    how to go about finding ones self in the midst of all life's chaos and sin. "Tell us oh how do we
    Catch a ghost in the Dark"

    This only half of the story.. Any Comments or points of view?

    ltripleyon February 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's a lot of things wrong with these lyrics. Nonetheless, this is an amazing song. "Hey, you made it in the shade... hope you don't hate it, in the shade... like a ghost in a jar." I believe this is compromising your ethics and morals, and becoming something you hate without being aware of it.
    veisalgiaon February 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it is about the illusions chan had for a period
    praitoon August 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti always thought that "top expert" had a kind of sarcastic tone in addressing the said expert, so i don't think she's asking for help. but if she had supernatural experiences, this song could definitely pertain to that.
    loveloveron December 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I see crucifixes and expectancy" sounds like "I see crucifixes and a 666".
    fakingdreamson February 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you listen closely you can tell the actual lyrics are: "I see crucifixes and dyslexics" and can be backed up later when she sings "I feel crucified backwards."
    sonicblew1on March 16, 2016   Link

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