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"Ordinary World" by Duran Duran (Duran Duran (The Wedding Album), 1992)

Listen to My Strings: Digital Art by Shawn Michel de Montaigne





Ordinary World

Duran Duran



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Came in from a rainy Thursday on the avenue

Thought I heard you talkin' 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 would 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 would 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

Here besides the news

Of holy war and holy need

Ours is just a little sorrowed talk


Blown away


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




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I was never a Duran Duran fan,

particularly during their heyday.

But when they released this ballad,

I knew I had to re-think my position on them.

This song couldn't have been written by

anyone who hasn't been utterly crushed in love,

as I had been not long before they released it.

The guitar solo in the middle,

which radio edits cut out, incredibly,

is one of the finest in rock history.

To this day I can't hear it without tearing up.


There isn't a single note in this song that is wasted,

not a single syllable in the lyrics

that doesn't sink to the deepest recesses

of my spirit and move me.

It's a true gem.





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Digital art: Listen to My Strings, by yours truly


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