"Greatest Bastard" as written by and Damien George Rice....
I made you laugh, I made you cry
I made you open up your eyes
Didn't I?

I helped you open out your wings
Your legs, and many other things
Didn't I?

Am I the greatest bastard that you know?
The only one who let you go?
The one you hurt so much you cannot bear?

Well, we were good, when we were good
When we were not misunderstood

You helped me love, you helped me live
You helped me learn how to forgive
Didn't you?

I wish that I could say the same
But when you left, you left the blame
Didn't you?

Am I the greatest bastard that you met?
The only one you can't forget?
Am I the one your truth's been waiting for?

Or am I just dreaming once again?
Some dreams are better when they end

Some make it, mistake it
Some force and some will fake it
I never meant to let you down
Some fret it, forget it
Some ruin and some regret it
I never meant to let you down

We learn to wag and tuck our tails
We learn to win and then to fail
Didn't we?

We learn that lovers love to sing
And that losers love to cling
Didn't we?

Am I the greatest bastard that you know?
When will we learn to let this go?
We fought so much, we've broken all the charm

But letting go is not the same
As pushing someone else away

So please don't let on
You don't know me
Please don't let on
I'm not here
Please don't let on
You don't love me
'Cause I know you do
I know

That some make it, mistake it
Some force and some will fake it
I never meant to let you down
Some fret it, forget it
Some ruin and some regret it
I never meant to let you down
I never meant to let you
I never meant to let you down
I never meant


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"The Greatest Bastard" as written by Damien George Rice

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    General CommentSuch a hugely emotional song to his ex-lover Lisa Hannigan in my opinion. I'd say accidental babies from his 9 album is probably related. He obviously feels a whirlwind of emotions still - self deprecating, apologetic and rejected.
    powertothehavenotson October 21, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI agree, to me it sounds like the whole new album is about Lisa...
    CoffeeJunkieon October 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentFunny. I understood two verses as a whole.
    "Am I just dreaming once again----> (that) some dreams are better when they end????"

    The thing with interrogatives in songs is that we actually don't know when they end most of the time, do we? At least till the "official lyrics" are released...

    Besides, there was so much chemistry between those two that it's so difficult to lose hope...

    They both seem like aliens to me, and both of them scare me to Hell but...

    WICKED BEAUTIFUL ALBUM, btw.

    (One little typo: "troops" should be "truth's", I think.
    "Am I the one your TRUTH'S been waiting for?")
    leticia1221on November 05, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis song, so full of absolute raw emotion.

    During the Dublin gig last week Damien talked about how he asked Lisa to work with him on this album and she said no. At that point he was able to let go and get back to work.

    I would love to know which of these songs came after that conversation, this one would certainly be from before it. You can hear the pain in his voice almost, the way he whispers that some dreams are better when they end, wow, shivers.
    thewordgetsaroundon November 12, 2014   Link

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