So Sad They Had to Fade

Everyone Wants to Rule the World icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 03 from the Songs from the Big Chair LP by Tears for Fears icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

Tears for Fears' "Songs from the Big Chair" album cover. [Formatted]

Welcome to your life
There is 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 desire
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 is 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 have almost made it
So sad they had to fade
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 will 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

Electric Eyes Are Everywhere

Human Nature icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 07 from the Thriller LP by Michael Jackson icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album art. [Formatted]

Looking out across the nighttime, the city winks a sleepless eye
I hear her voice shake my window with sweet seducing sighs

Get me out into the nighttime
Four walls won’t hold me tonight
If this town is just an apple then let me take a bite

If they say “Why?” tell them that it’s human nature
“Why does he do me that way?”

Reaching out to touch a stranger
Electric eyes are everywhere
See that girl, she knows I’m watching
She likes the way I stare

If they say “Why?” tell them that it’s human nature
“Why does he do me that way?”
“I like living this way”
“I like loving this way”

Looking out across the morning, the city’s heart begins to beat
Reaching out, I touch her shoulder
I’m dreaming of the street

If they say “Why?” tell them that it’s human nature
“Why does he do me that way?”

If they say “Why?” tell them that it’s human nature
“Why does he do me that way?”
“I like living this way”

I’m Sorry that I Couldn’t Get to You

Say Something icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 05 from the Is There Anybody Out There? LP by A Great Big World icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

Say something—I’m giving up on you
I’ll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere, I would have followed you
Say something—I’m giving up on you

And I was feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

And I will stumble and fall
I’m still learning to love
I’m just starting to crawl

Say something—I’m giving up on you
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
Anywhere, I would’ve followed you
Say something—I’m giving up on you

And I will swallow my pride
You’re the one that I love and I’m saying goodbye

Say something—I’m giving up on you
I’m sorry that I couldn’t get to you
Anywhere, I would have followed you
Say something—I’m giving up on you


Interestingly, A Great Big World re-recorded this song with Christina Aguilera icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 after she heard the original recording. I wonder which side of the fence she is usually on in a malfunctioning relationship?

Talking to a Ghost

What a Shame About Me icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 (track 02 from the Two Against Nature LP by Steely Dan icon-external-link-12x12 icon-search-12x12 )

Steely Dan's "Two Against Nature" album art. [Formatted]

I was grinding through my day gig—stacking cutouts at The Strand—when in walks Franny from NYU, we were quite an item back then
We talked about her films and shows and CDs, and I don’t know what else
She said, “Yeah, Hollywood’s been good to me, but tell me how about yourself?”

“I’m still working on that novel, but I’m just about to quit.
Because I’m worrying about the future now, or maybe this is it.
It’s not all that I thought it would be.”

“What a shame about me”

She said, “Talk to me, do you ever see anybody else from our old crew?
Bobby Dakine won the Bunsen Prize and now he’s coming out with something new.
Alan owns a chain of Steamer Heavens and Barry is a software king.
Somebody told me in the early 80’s you were gonna be the next big thing.”

“Well now, that was just a rumor, but I guess I’m doing fine.
Three weeks out of the rehab, living one day at a time.
Sneaking up on the new century.”

“What a shame about me”

I’m thinking of a major Jane Street sunrise and the goddess on the fire escape was you

We both ran out of small talk, the connection seemed to go dead
I was about to say, “Hey, have a nice life,” when she touched my hand and said:
“I just had this great idea—it could be very cool—why don’t we grab a cab to my hotel and make believe we’re back at our old school.”

I said, “Babe, you look delicious and you’re standing very close, but like this is Lower Broadway and you’re talking to a ghost.
Take a good look it’s easy to see, what a shame about me.”

“What a shame about me”