Mad World Lyrics - Gary Jules

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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

Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head, I wanna 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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A song that has always hit at home. | Reviewer: Asa | 8/1/14

As somebody who suffers on a daily basis from suicidal depression and being completely excluded from the world, having no friends, and a family that wants nothing to do with me, I find that this song is honestly one of the few I can't even listen to when I feel well, because for me, the dreams in which I die really ARE the best I have. I've been ignored by everybody who's ever met me. I don't even get to live, I just exist. Maybe if our respective countries didn't treat mental illness as an 'excuse,' instead of the soul-crushing cancer that it can be, things would not be the same. Maybe I could get appropriate treatments and help to return me to a normal state... It won't happen in my lifetime, though. I've already tried drinking myself to death, stabbing myself to death, and even had a loaded 12 gauge to the roof of my mouth.

A pain in soul of a girl loves a gay man | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/12/14

This song is what I relate to the world that becomes more messy when I aware the mess of this world about sexes (boys like boys, girls like girls, girls like gays... and gays like lesbians (as going back to traditional like the case of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie)

will | Reviewer: john | 6/7/13

will if you have lived with people and without, lonely life and are smart enough,
this song tells the life's misty of all man kind, this is some thing u get or u don't if u do will your close if u don't u will in another life times b/c there is no nat getting it .....

my opinion | Reviewer: bonnie madrigal | 6/15/11

it's about how some feels left out not only by their friends but also their family.
"All around me are familiar faces
worn out places, worn out faces" what he means by this is that he's tried of seeing the same faces over and over again.
"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" that his dreams feel like it's the only happy place he can be and when he wakes u[ he finds it funny that its not true.
"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" that a child feels happy on his/her birthday because he's with people he/she cares about. (that's wat i think it means but hey i could be wrong.)

Too much whining? | Reviewer: Erin | 5/25/11

As someone who can relate to this song, it has nothing to do with loosing our childhood "bounce". You can have all of your childhood friends around you and still feel alone. It just happens. Sometimes life just kicks you when you're down with or without your friends around. Why don't YOU read the song again and then try to look at it from another person's point of view. Especially if that person happens to have depression. Which can happen no matter how many friends you have.

So true | Reviewer: Jose | 4/26/11

This song is true to most teens and adults surprisingly. Many people go trough the same thing day after day after day it just and endless cycle of sorrow and dispair. I am in love with someone and I probably will never be with her ever she loves a man named Matt and I wish Courtney (the girl I love) can notice me when I'm gone everytime I talk a out her she talks about Matt and I made a prank on her she know hates me and Matt is with her I can't even try to make her mine and at the end it will kill me. I see where this song is coming from.

to the guy saying its so typical of todays society | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/22/10

this song was written in the 80's and was intended to be from the perspective of a teenager,when there IS no hope and NOTHING will ever change,in their mind.its supposed to be hopeless and before you tell us to read more into the lyrics,you might want to do the same,and do a little research too.

A True to Life Song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/09

This song is about how we live our lives on the inside. Deep inside no one really understands us, thus we're perpetually alone and vulnerable - specks of dust. Those of us who strive to find higher purpose through a high power have the best chance at contentment - spiritual awareness. The rest of us - we fill our emptyness with toys, entertainment, friends and family in hopes to discover our true purpose. It's ok to be alone and sometimes going to sleep is the best part of the day.

Definitely not a bad song, but... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/30/09

IMHO - way too much of whining. So typicall for today's society, to complain about how the world is sad and depressing, rather than go and try to change (or at least enjoy) something. Before you acccuse ME of being shallow, try and read the lyrics again – without anything REALLY bad happening, the author incontinently talks about death. Just because some people he met didn't bounce along happily, there's „no tomorrow”. I am really sorry for everybody who belives that growing up is all about being alone and feeling sad. Did you all people forget about your childhood friends and all the fun you had together?

... | Reviewer: No one | 10/10/09

This is an amazing song, Gary Jules does a beautiful job singing it. I've heard other versions and this is by far my favorite, its funny when I was younger I was always upset. I don't think I was ever really happy, never seeing my father, or my brother and sister... But now, I'm in highschool and I think, "Wow, in just a few years I'm going to be calling the shots, have my own family and a job" this song really shows the transition between childhood to adulthood. Quiet frankly it scares me but whenever I listen to this song I just want to laugh, I always thought my life was so hard, but now I realize its not going to change. Anyone who reads this and your not yet an adult, enjoy your youth while you have it, life is only going to get harder as you live it.

Good song | Reviewer: Zyrin | 4/4/09

This song shows what all of us, or at least most of us, have felt at least once in our lives. It's a song that echoes across time to everyone. It's a rather sad song, but extremely powerful.

For the record, this is a cover of the same song by Tears Before Fears. It's probably one of their better known songs, but always by the cover versions. This particular version has been featured in Gears of War, The Cleaner, CSI, Without A Trace, and Judging Amy, to name a few places.

Emotion | Reviewer: KJ | 12/3/08

I have listened to this song countless times and have tried to determined which version I like better Tears for Fears or Gary Jules. I chose Gary Jules for this reason...

When you speed this song up, it is very easy to brush past the lyrics which is the key element for the song (to me)

Jules has an amazing way of capturing the emotion behind the lyrics and really makes you think, is this really what growing up is about...

Funny how we all thought that being a kid was the worst thing in the world until we got grown and things became increasingly more difficult.

Masterpiece | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/22/08

As someone below said - this song is a masterpiece because it resides the pain of the soul - the deep inside pain, when you feel lost and feel more like BORED.. When you wake up the morning knowing what to do, everything is the same - "same story another day".. I listen to it whenever I'm lost, this song.. is just perfect.

I might have other or weird explanations; might be wrong and might be not.. But thats what I feel.

take me away | Reviewer: adam | 3/27/08

i listen to this song when i am mad or pissed and i lye down on my bed put on my headphones turn on the song and everything stops.i almost black out. the utter calmness that comes while listening to this song is takes you away to a very very calm world.

Why? | Reviewer: Mel | 1/14/08

this song is one of the most amazinlgy , moving songs i have makes so much sense on so many levels. it moves me to tears everytime i hear it and it feels so good to have a decent cry!!!!
Have a good one!!!!

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