Tears for Fears

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Roland Orzabal in 2020
Curt Smith in 2008

Tears for Fears are an English pop/rock band formed in Bath, Avon (now in Somerset since 1996) in 1981 by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the new wave synthesiser bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock and pop, which led to international chart success.

Song lyrics


All songs written by Roland Orzabal, except as noted.

  • All around me are familiar faces,
    Worn out places, worn out faces.
    Bright and early for their daily races,
    Going nowhere, going nowhere.
    And their tears are filling up their glasses,
    No expression, no expression.
    Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow,
    No tomorrow, no tomorrow.
  • Children waiting for the day they feel good
    Happy birthday, happy birthday
    And I feel the way that every child should
    Sit and listen, sit and listen.
    • "Mad World"
  • And I find it kind of funny,
    I find it kind of sad
    The dreams in which I'm dying
    Are the best I've ever had.
    I find it hard to tell you,
    'Cos I find it hard to take.
    When people run in circles,
    It's a very, very
    Mad World.
    • "Mad World"
  • Halargian world.
    • "Mad World"
  • How can I be sure
    When your intrusion is my illusion?
    How can I be sure
    When all the time you changed my mind?
    I asked for more and more
    How can I be sure?
  • Shout.
    Let it all out.
    These are the things I can do without.
    Come on,
    I'm talking to you.
    Come on.
  • In violent times,
    You shouldn't have to sell your soul.
    In black and white,
    They really really ought to know.
    Those one track minds
    That took you for a working boy.
    Kiss them goodbye,
    You shouldn't have to jump for joy.
    • "Shout"
  • 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 not that you're not good enough,
    It's just that we can make you better.
    Given that you pay the price,
    We can keep you young and tender.
    Following the footsteps of a funeral pyre,
    You were paid not to listen now your house is on fire.
    Wake me up when things get started,
    When everything starts to happen.
  • I believe that when the hurting and the pain has gone
    We will be strong, Oh yes we will be strong.
    And I believe that if I'm crying while I write these words,
    Is it absurd? Or am I being real?
  • Something happens and I'm head over heels.
    I never find out till I'm head over heels.
    Something happens and I'm head over heels.
    Ah don't take my heart,
    Don't break my heart,
    Don't throw it away.
    I made a fire and watching burn.
    Thought of your future
    With one foot in the past now just how long will it last.
    No no no have you no ambition.
  • High time we made a stand and shook up the views of the common man.
  • Too many people living in a secret world
    While they play mothers and fathers,
    We play little boys and girls.
    When we gonna make it work?
    I could be happy, I could be quite naive.
    It's only me and my shadows,
    Happy in our make believe.
  • All our love and all our of pain
    Will be but a tune.
    The sun and the moon,
    The wind and the rain.
    Hand in hand we'll do and die,
    Listening to the band that made us cry.
    We'll have nothing to lose,
    We'll have nothing to gain.
    Just to stay this real life situation
    For one last refrain.
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