Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Lorde (cover of Tears for Fears)


The Experience: Lorde's cover of Tears for Fears' original sucks all the 80s' bounce out of it and inserts the darkness the lyrics always meant. Forget love or natural kindness, turn your back on Mother Nature, if Everybody Wants To Rule The World then the world will soon be catching fire.

Music Video: Waiting.

The Meaning of Everybody Wants To Rule The World was world government (indecision, paired with a lack of vision) and collapse (the walls come tumbling down), and the cost of rejecting Mother Nature. Lorde's song sounds darker, but somehow truer to the song than the original. (Compare it below.) Selfishness means each person tries to have the world for himself for his own freedom and pleasure. If selfisness runs its course all the way, we'd end up in Panem's "Catching Fire" world rulers. Except we're probably not going to be on top.The only way out is the reverse of selfishness. Accepting others with justice, then respect, and adding forgiveness and love.

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COMPARE Lorde's cover to Tears for Fears' Original:




Ask Yourself: Is my life like me trying to Rule My World versus Everybody else? (Or Everybody else versus me?)


LYRICS:

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


Acting on your best behaviour

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


Review by Simon Cleary