Song Lyric Sunday 10/7/18 – Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Redux)

So I’m a little late this week and I was totally absent last week for Song Lyric Sunday. Sorry. Action packed last weekend and lots of drama this weekend. Ugh. Crazy.

Anyway, with the travesty that just occurred in the United States with the appointment of a rapist to the Supreme Court of the United States, and one who is a threat to a woman’s right to choose, LGBTQ+ rights, the right to privacy, etc. etc. – all I could think of was how I just wanted to crawl into a room where the light won’t find me. Of course, this is a lyrical reference to the song “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by TFF (written by Roland Orzabal, Ian Stanley and Chris Hughes).

So I figured I’d redux this selection and add a couple of interesting covers of the song. Of course, for reminder, here is the original song. This was the version performed at AA Center in Dallas last year; a concert which I was fortunate enough to attend live. It was awesome!

 Welcome to your life
There’s no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you

Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

It’s my own design
It’s my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most

Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

There’s a room where the light won’t find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do I’ll be right behind you

So glad we’ve almost made it
So sad they had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world

I can’t stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the world
Say that you’ll never never never never need it
One headline why believe it?
Everybody wants to rule the world

All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world
Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tearsforfears/everybodywantstoruletheworld.html

So that’s the song we all know and love right? Well, here are a couple of interesting covers. The first one here is by Lorde, who takes it in a completely different direction. It’s spooky but cool in a way, and was recorded for one of the movies in The Hunger Games series (can’t remember which one). It’s totally different though.

A couple of other cool covers I like are these. Ted Yoder became YouTube famous almost overnight after he covered the song on hammered dulcimer. I’m sharing two versions of that here: one Yoder solo and one with Curt Smith and Jamie Wollam of TFF! Musical magic unfolds when they get together.

Everybody wants to rule the world indeed. Here’s looking at you, Mr. President. Worthless fucking piece of orange haired monkey shit.

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