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Gary Jules – Mad World lyrics

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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    The first stanza starts off explaining what the protagonist notices about the people around him every day. He finds their lifestyle monotonous and hectic. They act like machines programmed with a daily routine that they must follow, no matter what. At the end of the day, they are all exhausted but nothing significant is achieved, yet, they surrender themselves to such lifestyle everyday to fit into the bleak and hopeless society they have to live in. In doing so, they repress all their feelings and emotions and their faces seem apathetic. The character despises what he sees and desperately wants to break free. Thus, he does not want to see the same old -tomorrow" that is no different than yesterday or today. The chorus reveals how ironic the protagonist feels about such a society where all the longing for satisfaction and hopes for change and happiness are meaningless because nothing such as -true happiness" or -ultimate satisfaction" really exists. He feels sad because he does not find any other escape except death. The lines -the dreams in which i'm dying" and -are the best I ever had" refer to his only way out. However, at the same time, he also finds it funny because people are aware that all their struggle and chase for satisfaction and happiness is leading them to vanity but they keep on surrendering themselves to their -daily races" in which they -run in circles. " finally, he calls such a world -very, very mad world. "
    The third stanza takes us back to the protagonist's childhood. He tells us how authority figures like teachers train children to practice and help them accustom to the monotonous and hectic lifestyle. The children wait for special occasions like birthdays to feel happy because they need to train hard to learn to live apathetically like their seniors, when they grow up. The protagonist also recalls how secluded he felt when he went to school. He used to learn his lessons silently without socializing himself.
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    'this was a hit for tears for fears in 1983 and then hit the charts again twenty years later in 2003 with a version done by gary jules.
    The lyrics are written from the viewpoint of a troubled teenager, looking out on a 'mad world' and struggling with thoughts of suicide. Written by roland orzabal, he said, 'lyrically the song is pretty loose. It throws together a lot of different images to paint a picture without saying anything specific about the world. It came to me when I lived above a pizza restaurant in bath and I could look out onto the centre of the city. Not that bath is very mad - I should have called it 'bourgeois world! '
    The bulk of the song comments on how he sees the world, with people rushing around going about their everyday business yet never really seeming to get anywhere. A more personal verse focuses on how he's feeling and his growing sense of not fitting in to the world. This may have been drawn from orzabal's own, well documented, troubled childhood which has inspired many of his lyrics.
    The most haunting line in the song lets us in on his suicidal thoughts with, 'the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had, ' sending a chilling message. The 2003 cover version was used in the soundtrack of the psychological thriller 'donnie darko'. '
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    This song is basically about the world of today where routine and structure form requirements of day to day living. It recognizes a person who isn't necessarily suicidal (as some people think!) it is about a person who wishes to live life to its fullest not simply because he or she should but because he or she wishes to :) the person feels the present world is filled with robots (known on earth as ppl), who need to hold responsibility in order to be "bright and early", children who's birthdays are the only days they "feel good", children who are required to "sit and listen" (possibly hinting at the unheard voices of the weaker man as well as other beings on earth).
    Mad world tells us of humans under a remote control they themselves have constructed.
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    Borrowed my son's car and when I started it this song started playing from a CD he had in. I froze in sadness thinking this is my son. He's been battling depression for over 10 years and he's never been able to describe to me how he feels but now I think I know and now the world has become mad to me because I feel my son is up against something so big that I can't possible help him tho' he's had counselling, therapy and has tried several meds. Hearing this song has torn me beyond something I can't even describe.
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    I find that this is a song about a person who has find no joy in life. Happiness and joy are as much a decision as circumstance. Joy can be found in the everyday existance if one only looks. It is about attitude and deciding that today I am going to be happy. The person is right when he finds no joy because he has not looked for it. It is my prayer and hope that those listening to this song do not make the same mistake.
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