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Mad World

Lyrics

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
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All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
full lyrics

Features of This Track

synth rock arranging
electronica influences
repetitive melodic phrasing
synthetic sonority
minor key tonality
a vocal-centric aesthetic
prominent use of synth
subtle use of acoustic piano

These are just a few of the hundreds of attributes cataloged for this track by the Music Genome Project.

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Actually I much prefer the newer cover. :(
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From the 80s, one of the coolest song.
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Those are some powerful lyrics!
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Spida_cracka , yes, this is the original version of Mad World that was written by Roland Orzabal and performed by Curt Smith of Tears for Fears. It was released on their 1982 debut album, The Hurting.
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Much better than the Jules version.
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Is this the original song?
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i absolutely love this song, but i do prefer gary jules' version..
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I Do not feel this version .
Skipping this track, sorry!
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I love both versions equally... gary jules version is sadder version but both are amazing in their own way!!!
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Just saw them live last week- amazing show (although short only 1 1/2 hours) Roland's voice is still incredible. I have to weigh in on the Gary Jules vs TFF version. IT DOESN'T MATTER!!!! Everyone needs to remember that music is subjective- we all like what WE like. That's what makes music the ultimate individual release.
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elenatorres3 1
This is a lovely song. Interestingl y , this came on just as I was reflecting upon the insanity of the world. Apparently, a girl that a lot of people in my high school went to middle school with killed herself. Scary when you realize how many teenagers there are that want to die. Truly a mad world.
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I love the other guy and these guys and the other song and that song
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The original versions of songs are usually the best and that definitely holds true in this case. The full orchestratio n of this original is really unbeatable and though the stripped down covers are good, this is by far the most desirable version to listen to.
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l3alaniz
Love that makes me Wana cry again but 26 is gonna be a great time to get it right.
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This is still the best version of mad world!
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World is even madder now.
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This is a much more palatable version of this song. MAD WERLD!
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Love this song
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IM FROM MAD WORLD!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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Haven't heard this in spoon long. College radio was the best!
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The lyrics are fine.
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Why are the lyrics different? ��
But I still love this song! ��
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Still the best version of this tune..
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Arthur Janov stuff is creepy. Roland and Curt probably had messed up childhoods. Lotta pain in this music.
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Hey!The memories of my youth in the middle school :-)
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baxter8231
Gary Jules sucked this song
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Never more true than today - July 2014
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jl4x-pandwor k
@Killator - hit thumbs down. yes, that easy. the rest of us will enjoy these songs. :)
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Donnie Darko played this song out. Now the remake is everywhere. Both versions (this and the remake) SUCK. Over it. Pandora please remove both versions :) ty
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violetlpz4
Mad World is an awesome song
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Amazing....I ' m speechless..
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My music teacher influenced me to love this song! You rock Mr.Monahan
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> The song was influenced by the theories of Arthur Janov, author of The Primal Scream. The lyric the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had suggests that dreams of intense experiences such as death will be the best at releasing tension.<5>
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.<3>

—Roland Orzabal
It's very much a voyeur's song. It's looking out at a ma
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LOVE IT : D
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....the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had......
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djetmach
Ahhh! The memories of my youth in the 80s...Always been and always will be a Mad World....
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Anyone who likes the other version was born in the 80'$ and wouldn't understand regardless. Ha
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missdeed
The Brits lost their country? What are you talking about Ivan?
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Talented band but disbanded too fast
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Itsa very very....wa waAAH world...wah waaaah worrrld.

Go gravy, no wonder the Brits lost their country!
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Orzabal is a pop songwriting genius.
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I love this song
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This song reminds me of high school ... If thats a good thing i don't know. XD but this song makes me feeeel goooood!
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The original song blows Lambert's cover clear out of the water.
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Swaggering
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*A raunchy young world* is actually *Halargian world*
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saw them in 1985 n 1990 great live band.
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It's good because it's true.
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This one has a more interesting message.
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I like Gary's version better though.
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