The World's Greatest

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, once said; believe you can and you’re halfway there. It’s the power of mind, The Remembered and The Forgotten; once you can control your mind, you can believe, and so you can do anything. As Nikos Kazantzakis had said, that in order to succeed, we must first believe that we can. Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. That one’s by William James.

I am a mountain. I am a tall tree. I am a swift wind sweeping the country. I am a river down in the valley. I am a vision and I can see clearly.” –R. Kelly, The World’s Greatest (OST. Ali)

First heard this song as a BGM in Korean variety program, KBS’ “The Return of Superman”, during the scene where Song Il Gook taking care of his triplets, I fell in love right at the moment with this song. It’s a song titled “The World’s Greatest”, performed by R. Kelly. It was released as a single on February 18th 2002, and served as a soundtrack for the 2001 movie titled “Ali”. It was a biographical movie of the legendary world champion boxer, Muhammad Ali, where the titular character was portrayed by actor Will Smith.
“The World’s Greatest” is a song about hope and spirit; a message to motivate people to love and respect themselves, that we are beautiful in our own way, that we are the greatest. “I saw the light at the end of a tunnel. Believe in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. And faith was right there to pull me through. Used to be locked doors, now I can just walk on through.” It’s a message to encourage people to believe, for dreaming and fighting, for not letting anyone stands in the way, for having hopes, for standing tall. “If anybody asks you who I am, just stand up tall, look them in the face and say; I’m that star up in the sky, I’m that mountain peak up high, hey, I made it, I’m the worlds greatest. And I’m that little bit of hope when my back’s against the ropes, I can feel it, I’m the world’s greatest.”
Besides being a part of “Ali: Original Soundtrack” album, “The World’s Greatest” was also appeared on the bonus disc version of Kelly’s album titled “Chocolate Factory”. The R n’ B song was written and produced by R. Kelly himself, and he was totally inspired by Muhammad Ali when writing the song (“The Greatest” is one of Ali’s nicknames). The beautiful melody combines perfectly with Kelly’s soulful voice. Moreover, the choir’s harmony adds the heartfelt element of this song. It’s one of a kind, very comforting in its own way.

I am a giant. I am an eagle. I am a lion down in the jungle. I am a marching band. I am the people. I am a helping hand and I am a hero.” –R. Kelly, The World’s Greatest (OST. Ali)


“It’s the world’s greatest, it’s the world’s greatest, come on, world’s greatest ever

I am a mountain, I am a tall tree, I am a swift wind sweeping the country
I am a river down in the valley, I am a vision and I can see clearly
If anybody asks you who I am, just stand up tall, look them in the face and say

I’m that star up in the sky, I’m that mountain peak up high
Hey, I made it, I’m the worlds greatest
And I’m that little bit of hope when my back’s against the ropes
I can feel it, I’m the world’s greatest

I am a giant, I am an eagle, I am a lion down in the jungle
I am a marching band, I am the people, I am a helping hand and I am a hero
If anybody asks you who I am, just stand up tall, look them in the face and say

In the ring of life I'll reign love (I will reign) and the world will notice a king (oh, yeah)
When all is darkest, I'll shine a light (shine a light) and mirrors of success reflect in me (me)

It’s the greatest, can you feel it? It’s the greatest, can you feel it?
I saw the light at the end of a tunnel
Believe in the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
And faith was right there to pull me through
Used to be locked doors, now I can just walk on through
It’s the greatest, I’m that star up in the sky”

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