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Ordinary World

I’m having a ’90’s moment today.  :)  I heard Ordinary World by Duran Duran on the radio after many, many years of not hearing it.  I wondered about the lyrics and what it really meant by ordinary world and learning to survive.  I googled it and found some information on Wikipedia.  Couched in terms of war, I now understand how meaningful an ordinary world can be.  So today I appreciate the quiet and extraordinary grace of an ordinary world and I look forward to a time when all of us can live in peace.  Love, Bethie

From Wikipedia:
“Ordinary World” is the first single from Duran Duran’s self-titled 1993 album, better known as the Wedding Album. The song peaked No. 3 in the American charts and No. 6 in the British charts. Simon LeBon, the vocalist, later sang this song with Luciano Pavarotti, to help children affected by war in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

By the early 90s, Duran Duran’s popularity had faded. Their album Liberty had proved a commercial failure, its two singles failing to make a significant showing on British or American charts.

It wasn’t until Capitol leaked “Ordinary World” to a radio station in Florida in the autumn of 1992 that it looked like Duran Duran mania might yet hit again. The single proved so popular that Capitol had to push the US release date up, ultimately releasing it in December. In the UK, the original January release date stood. The song can be credited as introducing Duran Duran to a new generation of fans.

The strings in the song were arranged and performed by Nick Rhodes, using a Kurzweil K2000, a digital synthesizer that was highly advanced for its time.

The song won an Ivor Novello Award in May 1994 and later featured in the soundtrack to the film Layer Cake in 2005.

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

Papers in the roadside
tell of suffering and greed
here 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 one
is my world, I will learn to survive
any one
is my world, I will learn to survive
any one
is my world
every one
is my world

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