Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Mad World Lyrics Reveal Full Meaning of No-Place

The lyrics for Mad World, the 1980s song by Tears for Fears captures the incredible loneliness and sorrow that our suburbanized, busy-busy, No-Place world creates. Here are the opening two stanzas:

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow . . .

The version performed by Gary Jules (worth listening to/watching!) goes even further to capture this sense of placelessness and alienation. Through brilliant vocals and moving images, Jules' rendition brings us into the full meaning of No-Place. Photo Mad World courtesy of cube2.


Anonymous said...

So right...great song choice!

TalkBak said...

I think you have struck the perfect cord here. :)