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The Lyrics of the song The Greatest by Sia and Kendrick Lamar are shown and interpreted in this months' Audials Informer.

The Greatest

Uh-oh, runnin' out of breath, but I
Oh, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, running now, I close my eyes
Well, oh, I got stamina
And uh-oh, I see another mountain to climb
But I, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, I need another lover, be mine
Cause I, I, I got stamina

Don't give up, I won't give up
Don't give up, no no no
Don't give up, I won't give up
Don't give up, no no no

I'm free to be the greatest, I'm alive
I'm free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

Well, uh-oh, runnin' out of breath, but I
Oh, I, I got stamina
Uh-oh, runnin' now, I close my eyes
But, oh, I got stamina
And oh yeah, runnin' through the waves of love
But I, I got stamina
And oh yeah, I'm runnin' and I've just enough
And uh-oh, I got stamina

Don't give up, I won't give up
Don't give up, no no no
Don't give up, I won't give up
Don't give up, no no no

I'm free to be the greatest, I'm alive
I'm free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive
The greatest, the greatest alive

Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina
Oh-oh, I got stamina

Ayy, I am the truth
Ayy, I am the wisdom of the fallen; I'm the youth
Ayy, I am the greatest
Ayy, this is the proof
Ayy, I work hard, pray hard, pay dues, ayy
I transform with pressure - I'm hands-on with effort
I fell twice before, my bounce back was special
Let downs'll get you, and the critics will test you
But the strong'll survive, another scar may bless you, ah

Don't give up (no no), I won't give up (no no)
Don't give up, no no no (nah)
Don't give up, I won't give up
Don't give up, no no no

I'm free to be the greatest, I'm alive
I'm free to be the greatest here tonight, the greatest
The greatest, the greatest alive (Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up, no no no)
The greatest, the greatest alive (Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up, no no no)

The greatest, the greatest alive (Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up; I got stamina)
The greatest, the greatest alive (Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up; I got stamina)
The greatest, the greatest alive (Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up; I got stamina)
The greatest, the greatest alive (Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up; I got stamina)
The greatest, the greatest alive (Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up; I got stamina)
The greatest, the greatest alive (Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up; I got stamina)
The greatest, the greatest alive (Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up; I got stamina)
The greatest, the greatest alive (Don't give up, don't give up, don't give up; I got stamina)

Interpretation of The Greatest

The lyrics of The Greatest seem at first to be about running away from a difficult situation and overcoming whatever comes one’s way. It is at the same time sad and inspiring. It transfers the message to keep on fighting when things get hard. Several online media claim however that Sia and Kendrick Lamar are commemorating the Orlando Massacre with this song.
The music video stresses by visual elements this way of interpreting the song. The girl depicted in the video has rainbow colors under her eyes, there are 49 dancers and bullet holes in the wall. In June, a man attacked the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and killed 49 people. It was the deadliest incident of violence against people from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. The lyrics of The Greatest reflect the spirit of people who have attempted to live free. Sia leads our attention to the lives of those who were lost and the potential they had.
Sia and Kendrick Lamar might have commemorated the terrible attack in an artful way. Nevertheless, this interpretation of the song has not yet been officially confirmed.

Get the song with Audials

The wishlist in Audials One is the fastest way to get The Greatest by Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar and all other songs of your favorite artists and bands. Moreover, Audials automatically adds lyrics to all songs.

Launch Audials One. Under "music wishes" in the area "Music and More" and "+ music wishes" enter Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar to receive the song. By clicking on the single "The Greatest" the track is displayed. Select now "Wish track" to let it appear in the wish list. After closing the window and clicking on "Fulfill" the song is sought and recorded.