Mad World Lyrics

Mad World – Tears For Fears

Lyrics and Guitar Lessons

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Mad World Lyrics

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very mad world, mad world

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
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kinda funny
I find it kinda sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very mad world, mad world
Enlarging your world
Mad world

Guitar Lessons

Mad World – Step 1 (Free Preview)

To learn how to play Mad World, we start by looking at the verse. First, practice all examples to the loop as the TAB display, then start improvising the patterns.

This composition is in Dorian, which means chord II is our home.

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Mad World – Step 2

In this step, we learn how to play the chorus. There are three examples to first learn before you start improvising.

The chorus only moves between the II and V chord, a very common movement.

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Mad World – Step 3

In this step, we take a look at how to play the intro/instrumental melody. To understand how a melody is constructed, we anchor it in the chord shapes.

This will also help with remembering it, as well as understanding music and the guitar neck on a deeper level.

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Mad World – Step 4

In this step, we play the complete song. You get a loop and TAB for practicing.

When you’re comfortable playing this, try it with me and a singer as well.

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Mad World – Step 5

In this step, we explore how to play all Em and A chords using the CAGED system.

These two chords are a II – V and what you play in the chorus of Mad World.

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Mad World – Step 6

Today we do what we did to the chorus in the last step to the verse of Mad World. As there are four chords rather than just two, it may be a bit more difficult.

Persist and you will soon master the CAGED system.

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Mad World – Step 7

With a capo on fret 2, we are set up to think of Mad World in the key of Dm.

We can now play the intro melody using open strings and add a sus4 instead of a sus2 to our I chord which is now a C.

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Mad World – Step 8

In this final step, we fit a capo to fret 5. This means we now must think in Bm. Bm being chord II.

To make the chorus work better with the capo, I use a Bm7 instead of a Bm.

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Chords and Guitar Lessons

Mad World is a piano ballad in Dorian that in this arrangement has been adopted to just one acoustic guitar.

All chords are from the key of D major, however, D is not the home chord, Em is. This is why it’s “in Dorian” where we call chord II home.

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Gary Jules

gary-jules-thumbGary Jules is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his cover of Mad World by Tears For Fears. It became the UK Christmas number one single in ’03.

Following the worldwide success, Gary Jules kept selling his own CDs on CD Baby as well as the song being released through a label.

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Tears For Fears

tears-for-fears-thumbTears for Fears are an English pop band that has sold more than twenty-two million albums.

With hits like Mad World, Seeds Of Love and Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Tears For Fears were one of the biggest bands around in the 80s.

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