Tears For Fears – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”


Everybody Wants to Rule the World” is a song by the English band Tears for Fears. It was released in 18 March 1985. It was the band’s ninth single release in the United Kingdom and seventh UK Top 30 chart hit, peaking at number two in April 1985. In the U.S., this was their first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit on 8 June 1985, remaining there for two weeks.

The concept is quite serious – it’s about everybody wanting power, about warfare and the misery it causes.
Curt Smith

“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” is a line from the 1980 Clash song “Charlie Don’t Surf.”This song is about the quest for power, and how it can have unfortunate consequences. In an interview with Mix magazine, the band’s producer Chris Hughes explained that they spent months working on “Shout,” and near the end of the sessions, Roland Orzabal came into the studio and played two simple chords on his acoustic guitar, which became the basis for the song.

It was written and recorded in two weeks and was the final track to be added to the Songs from the Big Chair album. 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.
Roland Orzabal

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

Acting on your best behavior
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
Paired 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

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