Saturday Night Classics — Everybody Wants to Rule the World

 

From the Tears for Fears LP Songs from the Big Chair, it was a big hit in 1985, reaching Number 1 on most charts. It’s a great “driving” song, as made clear by scenes from the music video.

The first few lines raise your expectations:

Welcome to your life
There’s no turning back

But the rest of the lyrics are pretty much nonsensical; most sound like they were just looking for words that rhyme. There are probably a lot of “hidden meaning” essays on the song, but I didn’t research them.

So glad we’ve almost made it
So sad they had to fade it

I can’t stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision

Just let them flow and imagine you’re behind the wheel with the top down on an open highway somewhere.

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  1. Kevin Schulte Member
    Kevin Schulte
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    Always loved this song . Great voices lots of talent !

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  2. Percival Thatcher
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    It was the 80s. Don’t put more work into the lyrics than the lyricist did.

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  3. namlliT noD Member
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    It was also used as the theme song for Dennis Miller’s tv show.

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  4. OldPhil Coolidge
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    After a break-up and 30+ years apart, they got together a couple years ago and provided a very good live studio version.

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  5. kedavis Coolidge
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    OldPhil: Everybody Wants to Rule the World

    Intro to Dennis Miller’s show on HBO for however many years it ran.  He probably put all of the band members’ children through college or something, with the royalties.

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  6. Miffed White Male Member
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    namlliT noD (View Comment):

    It was also used as the theme song for Dennis Miller’s tv show.

    Also the closing credits of the movie Real Genius, IIRC.

     

    Edit:  I do RC

     

    https://youtu.be/asq_JScr9BI

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  7. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
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    Great selection, Oldphil.

    If any music lovers here are jones-ing for some new “Tears for Fears,” the seventh album was released last year titled “The Tipping Point.”

    All I can say is the song writing  talent is every bit as entertaining, haunting and remarkable as it was decades ago.

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  8. Buckpasser Member
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    Loved Curt Smith on “Psych”.

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  9. Hoyacon Member
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    Kudos to OldPhil for doing this without a reminder from me because OldHoyacon was drinking wine by a lake and forgot to send him one.

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