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It's a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack
You taught me all I know and I'll never look back
It's a very strange world and I thank you, Master Jack

You took a colored ribbon from out of the sky
And taught me how to use it as the years went by
To tie up all your problems and make them look neat
And then to sell them to the people in the street

It's a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack
You taught me all I know and I'll never look back
It's a very strange world and I thank you, Master Jack

I saw right through the way you started teachin' me now
So some day soon you could get to use me somehow
I thank you very much and though you've been very kind
But I'd better move along before you change my mind

It's a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack
You know how I feel as if I'll never come back
It's a very strange world and I thank you, Master Jack

You taught me all the things the way you'd like them to be
But I'd like to see if other people agree
It's all very int'resting the way you disguise
But I'd like to see the world through my own eyes

It's a strange, strange world we live in, Master Jack
No hard feelin's if I never come back
You're a very strange man and I thank you, Master Jack

You're a very strange man and I thank you, Master Jack
You're a very strange man aren't, Master Jack



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    UnregisteredOct 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    I think that this song is a backlash by English speaking South Africans against the perceived treatment of South Africa and Rhodesia by the UK aka Master (Union) Jack and how they were moving against a perceived unshakable loyalty to the UK and finding common ground with Afrikaans speakers. 'It's a strange world' yet no one understands are often the way that many Saffas feel to those who condemn Apartheid yet never lived in RSA. Apart from this the lyrics speak of a thanks yet a need to move away from Jack as many English speakers did feeling alienated by the UK.

    There are also several visual references such as the two lions (symbolic of British coats of arms) being faded out in favour of two Bokke (traditionally associated with RSA crests). Also look at the colours they're wearing- orange, blue and white; synomomous with the RSA flag from the 1920's-1994.

    In short it's about the identity, yet rememberence of the the English speakers in an independent and isolated RSA.
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    UnregisteredAug 23, 2014 at 11:42 am
    This song I believe is about colonialism, specifically British, as the Master Jack can only refer to The Union Jack of the British flag. The British impact on the different cultures they colonized extended to its education and enculturalization of those people they colonized. Ultimately many rebelled although they took on some of the British values to some degree. Not to be unreasonable to the British, they introduced education to people who probably would not have been so influenced.
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    UnregisteredAug 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm
    Seems to me to be about the human experience here on earth. Written by a young person apparently but echos the sentiment of an older soul as we view our lives and this world and think about leaving with no desire to stay or ever return.
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    UnregisteredJul 30, 2012 at 2:47 am
    An older man took a younger person under his wing, but the younger person decided to go out and see if other people had the same ideas. The younger person felt he was being manipulated, or was about to be used, and it was time to move on. But he was thankful for the lessons taught.
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    UnregisteredJul 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm
    I think it's about a woman married to a narcissistic man, who molds, manipulates and uses her to suit his own needs.

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