"The Working Hour" as written by and Ian/elias Stanley....
These things
That I've
Been told
Can rearrange
My world
My doubt
In time
But inside out
This is the working hour
We are paid by those who learn by our mistake
This day
And age
For all
And not for one
All lies
And secrets
Put on
Put on and on
This is the working hour
We are paid by those who learn by our mistake
And fear is such a vicious thing
It wraps me up in chains
Find out
Find out
What this fear is about
Find out
Find out
What this fear is about


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"The Working Hour" as written by Orzabal Elias

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    General CommentWhy no one has commented on this song is a mystery. What a beautiful piece of music.
    Anilandon June 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably my favorite song of all time. It's about the pressure the band was under to release another album quickly after the success of The Hurting. It's amazing how much you can say with just a few words.
    Donyoguyon June 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful piece of music.

    Considering the psycho-analytic theme of "Songs From the Big Chair" the song has a personal meaning to me. Anyone that has participated in any form of psychological therapy knows well that the session lasts an hour. Depending on the doctor and patient and the nature of the issues being discussed, it can be the most excruciating hour of your life. Facing long repressed issues, experiences, pain. Acknowledging your flawed thought process and the self doubt that follows when your perceptions of reality are shaken.

    The conclusions you come to and accepting a new "reality" that you were completely unaware of. I recall the beads of sweat forming on my forehead during these sessions, and it was indeed a "working hour."

    These things
    That I've
    Been told
    Can rearrange
    My world
    My doubt
    In time
    But inside out

    All along the psychoanalyst is learning from you and more so from your mistakes. Your recompense for his/her "learning?" Your healing. You are paind by those that learn from your mistakes.

    ...and the fear, the fear of facing the truth, of facing the reality outside your own awareness...it feels like being bound in chains.

    Find out what this fear is about...find out!!!

    Like I said, this song is very personal to me and I remember it when I see others going through the working hour of psycho-therapy.
    HAL:9000on October 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love the end of this song, and with the heck not? the entire thing. a beautiful piece of music as aniland so eloquently put.
    adonisiegfriedon October 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah well you don't need to say much in a song when the music sets a mood such as the one in this song. Loooove it.
    tifnzon March 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first tears for fears song I really loved along with head over heels. I used to sit in my room and belt it out hahah!
    nic-ckon April 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is, yo me, the best song ever. A beautiful combination of music and lyrics.
    The line 'find out what this fear is about' still gives me goosebumps.

    What I olso like about this song is that it has a very live feel: It wasn't recorded in a studio, unlike the other songs. So it's actually a live recording, an Rolands voice sounds more directer to me.
    OldSkoolon May 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHAL:9000, thanks a lot for your vision on this song.
    I now have a very clear vision of what Roland means.

    Unbelieveble how Roland just worked out those words in the magic half hour that this song was vcreated.
    OldSkoolon January 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe above stated psychoanalytical interpretation is quite insightful and almost works very well, with one important disclaimer:
    The lyrics say 'This is the working hour, we are PAID by those who learn by our mistakes' (not pained).
    This makes me thing that this song is about just what the title suggest: working hours, frustration and exploitation at work; and if you make to many mistakes, you receive little or no payment (the line 'This day and age, for all and not for one' is much more vague however; could mean that at work you're just part of a subordinate collective, the individual doesn't count).
    And the fear in 'Fear is such a vicious thing, it wraps me up in chains' for me indicates the primal fear that everyone has for their very employment, their livelihood (you never know if you're gonna get sacked next week)
    RoHLandon February 18, 2011   Link
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    General Commentfrom : memoriesfade.com/songs/…

    "The song was written, I would say, when I was feeling a lot of pressure from Phonogram and that kind of stuff, and that's why it's called 'The Working Hour'. We are paid by those who learn by our mistakes. You know what I mean? And it's a very sad song. It's about...when you feel pressure and you feel depressed because of external...messages you're receiving from outside telling you "you must do this, you must do that, you mustn't have fun," and it was just getting on top of me, and it came out in a song."
    -Roland
    yomboulon August 28, 2012   Link

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