Everybody Wants To Rule The World

by Tears For Fears

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Lyrics for Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears:

Verse 1
Welcome to your life
There's no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you

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

Verse 2
It's my own design
It's my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most

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

Bridge
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

Instrumental Break

Chorus
I can't stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the world

Bridge
Say that you'll never, never, never, never need it
One headline - why believe it?
Everybody wants to rule the world

Chorus
All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

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Song Facts

Tears For Fears' biggest chart hit, peaking at #2 in their home country of Britain and topping the charts in the US, Canada and New Zealand. Although a massive hit, Rule The World almost wasn’t recorded. The pair weren’t fans of the song, and thought it’s syncopated shuffle beat wouldn’t fit in with the electronically straight-timed drums of the rest of the album.

Roland Orzabal said:

The shuffle beat was alien to our normal way of doing things. It was jolly rather than square and rigid in the manner of ‘Shout’, but it continued the process of becoming more extrovert.

As well as an atypical shuffle beat, the instrumentation of this song is interesting. Although it mainly uses the chords of A and G, it heavily incorporates the sixth into these chords, meaning there’s a droning E note throughout most of the tune.

This is a melodic device not far removed from traditional Indian music, and it’s first use in pop music can be traced back to the Raga-inspired music of George Harrison and The Rolling Stones.

…Rule The World has been heavily covered by artists ranging from Gloria Gaynor to Care Bears On Fire, and the simple melody and structure of the song makes it easy to adapt into many different forms.

This song heavily inspired the instrumentation of Rule, a song from Nas’s 2001 album Stillmatic. Both songs share similar subject matter.

It was also sampled by OutKast for Da Art Of Storytellin' (Pt 1).

Here’s a particularly interesting old-timey version by Scott Bradlee that appears in the 2013 videogame Bioshock Infinite:

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