Sportsong of the Week #50
BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Ltd.
Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay, known as the Greatest of all time, passed away today. He was a legend in the ring and outside of it. Truly unique person who changed the world forever. So it's only fitting and the least I can do to honour this hero, to make Sportsong of the Week #50 the song 'Muhammad Ali' by Faithless from 2001.
As to many in the world Ali was also Faithless lead Maxi Jazz's hero and major influence. No need to say may more I think.
Lyrics 'Muhammad Ali' - Faithless
"If all you keep hearing it so long you will see me as a super star and you'll have time to waste with your minions and things" I see your face in front of me, still grainy From that old black'n'white TV My whole family silent, Watchin' you shape destiny witcha two hands Faster than the eye could see... Mesmerising Y'Know what? Skinny lickle me, started to strut. Ten years old, suddenly bold, 'Cos I resolved to live like my hero in the ring... Be smart, never give an inch, no retreating An I racked up, respect from teachers, rednecks And creatures who attack in a pack like insects. Never, seen the like, not before or since, A young prince an I remain convinced of his invincibility, Athletic agility, virility, still a free spirit. Forever through eternity, stingin' like a bee... Muhammad Ali. I want you to know Your are the o-riginal I want you to know Your are the o-riginal I want you to know Your are the o-riginal Your achievements defy belief, From the belly of the beast Risin' like yeast yo, my relief from low self-esteem Came when I saw you rappin' on my TV screen, float. Like a butterfly that describe my walk to school. After fight night, I felt so cool Cos' I was the greatest too. Love of self born simply out of love for you An I knew someday people'll love me too None of the hecklin about my black skin got through. I woulda walked barefoot through hell for you It's how I felt back then an I still do so will you Accept these humble words of praise. And my gratitude for those glorious days And meritorious ways instilled in a young mind Skills sublime, Yours to mine. I want you to know Your are the o-riginal I want you to know Your are the o-riginal I want you to know Your are the o-riginal