Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Tears for Fears Lyrics


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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
Married 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

Overall Meaning

The song Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears talks about how people want power and control in life, but at the same time, are struggling with their own inner turmoil. The lyrics describe how there is a constant struggle to maintain power and control over one's life, and how this desire often comes at the expense of personal relationships and even nature. The singer acknowledges that this desire for control is part of their own design, but the constant indecision and lack of vision makes it difficult to navigate.


Line by Line Meaning

Welcome to your life
This is an introduction to the journey of life.


There's no turning back
Once we are born, we cannot go back.


Even while we sleep
Life goes on even when we are not aware.


We will find you
Life has a way of catching up to us.


Acting on your best behavior
Trying to be a good person.


Turn your back on mother nature
Ignoring the consequences of our actions towards the environment.


Everybody wants to rule the world
Everyone desires power and control.


It's my own design
We create our own lives.


It's my own remorse
We are responsible for our own regrets.


Help me to decide
Asking for assistance in making a choice.


Help me make the most
Asking for assistance in obtaining the best outcome possible.


Of freedom and of pleasure
Pursuing happiness and free will.


Nothing ever lasts forever
Everything has a beginning and an end.


There's a room where the light won't find you
Finding a place to hide from the world.


Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
Sticking together during difficult times.


When they do I'll be right behind you
Offering support during tough times.


So glad we've almost made it
Being happy about the progress made in life.


So sad they had to fade it
Feeling regret about things that could have been better.


I can't stand this indecision
Being unable to make a decision is frustrating.


Married with a lack of vision
Feeling stuck with no clear direction in life.


Say that you'll never, never, never, never need it
Disbelieving in exaggerated news headlines.


One headline, why believe it?
Questioning the trustworthiness of media.


All for freedom and for pleasure
Pursuing happiness and free will.


Nothing ever lasts forever
Everything has a beginning and an end.


Everybody wants to rule the world
Everyone desires power and control.




Lyrics © CONSALAD CO., Ltd., BMG Rights Management
Written by: Christopher Merrick Hughes, Ian Stanley, Roland Orzabal

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