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Mad World
Gary Jules (cover of Tears for Fears)

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad World
Mad world
Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
And I feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying
Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It's a very, very
Mad World
Mad World
Enlarging your world
Mad World.

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    antigenNov 12, 2008 at 10:12 am
    this is the reality of the world we live in, these people who could be your closest friends u feel so isolated from,the expressionless faces of people who dont know and dont care
    whether your ok because they're worn out, they are too wrapped up in their own problems too recognise that anyone else maybe struggling to keep going.
    You feel so low and so lonely that ur dreams reflect how u trully feel the only ones that are any good are the ones in which ur dying in fact you have never had better dreams because these dreams show the true you- but at the same time you want someone to realise that ur not ok and u want help but u just dont no how to and cant ask 4 help because it is so hard and you feel so alone in this mad world- all children should feel happy on there birthday but it isnt so and when u go too school it is like everywhere else its like ur invisible noone sees wats wrong they "look right through me"-and you just find it so hard to take it it hurts so bad the way they dont see you, like you and your feelings dont matter and once again you mean nothing - its so funny in a way ironic even that the dreams in which your dying are the best you've ever had and the thought that ur life has gotten this bad is saddening - this mad world can be so painful - I listen to this song and to me it describes how it feels when you have depression it is a great song and if a few more ppl took the time too listen they would know a little of wat having depression feels like - 'it sucks it really does'- i hate the way it makes me feel
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    out_of_orderApr 9, 2009 at 11:49 pm
    I think it's about how when you're so sad that you don't even have an expression on you're face, like you're too depressed to even try. Like no one really cares about you, and everyone is just to preoccupied in other things, running around in circles and so worn out because they're not getting anywhere. And you don't want to go on to tomorrow.

    Dreams are supposed to be happy things, hopeful things, but you just find yourself dreaming of dying, and to you, that is happiness. And you find it ironic, almost funny, but in a dark way, for those with a dry sense of humor, like the only kind of humor you can even muster up, that something that should be hopeful and encouraging ends up as something so gloomy and distressing as you just wishing your life would end because you can't take the pain.

    And even on your birthday you're not even happy, you're wondering what the point is to have a party when you'd rather be grieving because you wish you had never came into the world. You think other people should be aware that people get like this, that they get so depressed that they're practically drowning in it, because maybe if others knew about the pain some of us feel then they could help us.

    And school is a place where you can socialize and see your friends, and you're nervous to go because you don't want to be put down anymore, you don't want to get sadder when you notice that people just don't care about you, they simply look right through you like you're not even there.

    I really like this song, because I know what it's like to go through depression, and not too long ago I started getting treated for it. I watch American Idol, and the other night when the contestant Adam sang this song I was almost jumping up and down because I love this song, and he's the one I want to win. Even though Gary Jules sings it really well, I also liked the take Adam Lambert had on it, and now I'm wondering if I can find any other good covers. I'm like obsessed with this song, I listen to it every day, multiple times. I wish it were more popular than it is, because I really think it gets the message across that there are people who really struggle with depression, and we need help. And plus, the beat and everything else about it are just so, I can't think of how to describe it, mellow, mystical almost. It almost sounds like a lullaby, but it's impossible to fall asleep to just because it's so entrancing. It's one of my favorites.
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm
    Its about a kid who cant ride a tricycle so he gives his pet from away for adoption and buys a unicycle and he gets a ragging boner and learns to ride the unicycle
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm
    I think it means that no matter what you do you're invisible to everyone and children wait for their birthdays or days that they could actually get attention so they dont feel invisible... I love this song, it has a lot of meaning
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    UnregisteredApr 15, 2012 at 10:05 pm
    It means... The world... It mad ;) very... Very.. Mad. Well remember i like cheese. I hope u like cheese. If u dont like cheese u better like pie

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