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Ordinary World
Duran Duran Lyrics


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Came in from a rainy Thursday on the avenue
Thought I heard you talking softly
I turned on the lights, the TV, and the radio
Still I can't escape the ghost of you

What has happened to it all?
Crazy, some'd say
Where is the life that I recognize?
Gone away

But I won't cry for yesterday
There's an ordinary world
Somehow I have to find
And as I try to make my way
To the ordinary world
I will learn to survive

Passion or coincidence
Once prompted you to say
"Pride will tear us both apart"
Well, now pride's gone out the window
Cross the rooftops
Run away
Left me in the vacuum of my heart

What is happening to me?
Crazy, some'd say
Where is my friend when I need you most?
Gone away

But I won't cry for yesterday
There's an ordinary world
Somehow I have to find
And as I try to make my way
To the ordinary world
I will learn to survive

(Just blown away)

Papers in the roadside
Tell of suffering and greed
Fear today, forgot tomorrow
Ooh, here besides the news
Of holy war and holy need
Ours is just a little sorrowed talk

And I don't cry for yesterday
There's an ordinary world
Somehow I have to find
And as I try to make my way
To the ordinary world
I will learn to survive

Every world
Is my world (I will learn to survive)
Any world
Is my world (I will learn to survive)
Any world
Is my world

Overall Meaning

The song “Ordinary World” by Duran Duran is about the struggle of moving on after a relationship has ended. The first verse sets the scene with the singer coming home on a rainy day and feeling haunted by the ghost of his past lover. The chorus then reflects on the emptiness that the end of the relationship has caused, wondering where his recognizable life has gone and questioning his sanity. Interestingly, the singer is determined to move on and not cry for what has been lost. He is determined to find an ordinary world and learn to survive.


The second verse offers some backstory into the relationship, with pride being the thing that tore them apart. After it’s over, the singer once again reflects on the crazy feeling that has taken over and wonders where his friend is when he needs them the most. The chorus repeats again with the singer reiterating that he won’t cry for yesterday and that he’ll learn to survive by finding his way to an ordinary world.


The bridge of the song adds a bigger picture to the song. It points out that there is suffering and greed in the world and that we often forget about it to focus on other things. The final chorus brings a message of hope, with the singer stating that every world is his world and he will learn to survive.


Line by Line Meaning

Came in from a rainy Thursday on the avenue
I returned from a gloomy day, possibly reflecting the current state of my life.


Thought I heard you talking softly
I imagined hearing your voice, which still haunts me.


I turned on the lights, the TV, and the radio
I tried to distract myself by inundating my senses with entertainment.


Still I can't escape the ghost of you
Despite my efforts, I am still haunted by your memory.


What has happened to it all?
I wonder how my life changed so drastically.


Crazy, some'd say
Some might say that my predicament is insane or unbelievable.


Where is the life that I recognize?
I feel like the life I once knew is no longer there.


Gone away
Everything that used to bring me comfort and stability is gone.


But I won't cry for yesterday
I refuse to lament over the past.


There's an ordinary world
I realize that there is a normalcy to life that is still available to me.


Somehow I have to find
I need to discover and reach this ordinary world.


And as I try to make my way
I understand that the journey to attain normalcy will be difficult.


To the ordinary world
I need to find my way back to that normalcy.


I will learn to survive
I will acquire the survival skills to adapt to this new reality.


Passion or coincidence
Either my strong attraction to you or a coincidence may have initiated our relationship.


Once prompted you to say
You once told me that our pride could be a hindrance in our relationship.


"Pride will tear us both apart"
You warned me that our pride may cause a rift in our relationship.


Well, now pride's gone out the window
Now that we are apart, pride is no longer a factor.


Cross the rooftops
I imagine myself jumping from one rooftop to another in a desperate attempt to escape.


Run away
You have left me behind to deal with the aftermath.


Left me in the vacuum of my heart
You left an emotional emptiness that I'm struggling to fill.


What is happening to me?
I don't understand what's happening to me and my life.


Crazy, some'd say
Again, some may label me as insane or irrational.


Where is my friend when I need you most?
I feel alone and hopeless, with no one to turn to.


Gone away
Just like everything else, my friend is also gone.


And I don't cry for yesterday
I still refuse to cry for the past.


Papers in the roadside
The news articles I see on the street shed light on the world's sufferings and greed.


Tell of suffering and greed
These articles exhibit the world's problems, including pain and selfishness.


Fear today, forgot tomorrow
People are so preoccupied with their fears today that they forget about tomorrow.


Ooh, here besides the news
The surroundings are gloomy and depressing.


Of holy war and holy need
The world is also consumed by conflicts based on religion and elevated human wants.


Ours is just a little sorrowed talk
Compared to the world's problems, my issue is just a minor concern.


Every world is my world
Despite the problems, every world is within my reach.


(I will learn to survive)
I am determined to adapt and live through any world I find myself in.


Any world is my world
I can create or adapt to any world that comes my way.


(I will learn to survive)
Again, I'll adapt and survive through any world that I encounter.


Any world is my world
No matter how limited or bleak the situation may seem, I can always find a way out.




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: John Nigel Taylor, Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, Warren Cuccurullo

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@sidpheasant7585

Not 1, not a few, but millions.
But what is TRULY reaching out from the music is GOD, through the Holy Spirit.
The darkness tried to take the song from us, by associating it with "The Evil Within"
(Think that's by chance? Wrong. Nothing is by chance. Things have meaning)
1 John 5:19 - We know that we belong to God, and the whole world is under the power of the evil one.
This is what the song is all about, and the "emotions" actually ready to explode in countless people are the sure knowledge that the world is NOT as it should be, not just enough, not divine enough, not kind enough, not sacrificing enough; too much in the hands of godless elites presiding over the chaos that is ALWAYS the hallmark of the D*v*l.
Loving money and power and the monolith that keeps most of us down and out.
Something new, more ORDINARY, has to break out from this - like a new butterfly from the chrysalis.
ordinary truth (instead of the endless lies and fakery), ordinary love, ordinary mercy.
ordinary compassion.
Just what Jesus means.
Just what the Holy Spirit works endlessly for - giving us signs in nature, culture (as above), Scripture and rapture.
When the rapture comes it will be too late for many.
So the time is now, stefano!



All comments from YouTube:

@mknghorn

I found my poor sweet big brother dead in his bed on 7/30/20. That was the most devastating day of my life. I don’t remember the first few days after. But the Sunday after I put on my brave face and went to clean out his room and get it ready to be emptied. For some reason the moment I opened his door this song came into my head. I hadn’t thought about or heard it in literal years but there it was strong and clear every note and lyric. I burst into tears with the perfection of how exactly it captured what I’m going through. Thanks Duran Duran. My brother loved this song when we were teens. We both did.

@Hannahi757

Sorry for your loss!

@ambarishtiwari93

Sorry for your loss. Much love.

@scottsmith1906

Very sorry for your loss

@priscylonasia7703

Sorry for what happened to your brother. For your loss. He will continue loving you even if he's now in another dimension. Love love.❤️

@thestrengthwithin4249

Hello my friend I’m so sorry to hear of your loss, This song is actually about Simon Le Bon‘s friend David Mills who passed away in 1986, it is an absolute fantastic song,You are not on your own i to have lost a brother and a sister, sadly through suicide, they say time is a healer, but it’s not, Time accommodates,I am sending you my love and deepest warmest thoughts of sympathy to you stay strong and be brave 🌹🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

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@tamanegi909

30 years on. 1993-2023.
This song NEVER grows old.

@beneditaluzia6275

oi 🌹😿🌹🌹🌹🎶🎵🎸👄👄👄

@adzkianoellitelegomaster1976

crazy some say...

@micheledimartino4836

Like the wine❤

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