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Sunday Song Lyric:

I've had lots of requests to bring back the "Sunday Song Lyric." I won't promise to post one every week, but I'll try to post them when the inspiration strikes. I'm also happy to take reader suggestions via e-mail.


With all the talk of law school exams (a subject for Sunday Song Lyrics before), Redheadlaw7 is somehow reminded of Tears for Fears' "Mad World." I've always liked the song, but I hope it doesn't capture the mood of my students after my Constitutional Law exam. Written by Tears for Fears Roland Orzabal, the song was also covered by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews for the Donnie Darko soundtrack. Here are the lyrics:

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
´cause 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
Made to 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
Now the teacher tells 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
´cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It´s a very very
Mad world
Mad world
Enlarging your world

Alan K. Henderson (mail) (www):
I think I see that mood captured in part of Tom Lehrer's Bright College Days:

Oh, soon we'll be out amid the cold world's strife
Soon we'll be sliding down the razor blade of life
5.7.2006 10:45pm
Cornellian (mail):
Might I suggest Morrisey's "We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful"
5.7.2006 11:24pm
American Psikhushka (mail) (www):
Who does the song that is titled (I think):

"We don't want your money - we want ours"
5.8.2006 4:46am