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
Feared today, forgot tomorrow
Ooh, here besides the news of holy war and holy need
Ours is just a little sorrowed talk

(Just blown away)

And I don't
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.

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
Every world is my world



Lyrics submitted by Boonechic_21, edited by silvioaa

"Ordinary World" as written by Ildiko Basa, Mattias Voss, Ildiko Basa, Mattias Voss

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., EMI Music Publishing

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    General Comment:It's about losing someone and learning to cope. When you have someone in your life who is your everything, your world is special; it's wonderful; it's Nirvana. When that person leaves or is taken from you, your world is no longer wonderful or special. It's just "ordinary". This song is about learning to deal with a new life, a new world that is ordinary and making the resolution that "I will survive".
    KinksFanon March 07, 2013   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning:This has always been my favorite Duran Duran song, and my Mom's as well. I always thought I "got" what it was saying, but it never made more sense as when my Mom passed away. I was looking for a song to use for her picture slideshow and this was perfect. I could sense her saying to me, "you will be okay, life will go on" through this song. I know Simon wrote this for a friend that died, and it makes perfect sense. Also seems like their was some sort of strain on their relationship, maybe things that could have been different. Maybe things that were always lingering with a thought of "we can fix that later." Maybe that is why Simon took this particular loss so hard. That's how I felt with my Mom. I kept telling myself, our relationship will get better when X, or I will try harder later. Now I don't have that chance. But all I can do is move on, and know that she loves me and I love her flaws and all, and that is enough. Nothing is perfect, but we have to get through and power on. And we never have to forget.
    alinichole9on October 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Simon wrote this song when his best friend died in an accident.
    ca1290on April 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Simon wrote this song after his childhood friend died from a heroin overdose. It is a lovely song.
    michelle72on February 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Definitely a romantic song, but Simon LeBon says he actually wrote it about a male friend of his who died of a herion overdose. Simon explains that when his friend died, he carried around this guilt for not being there for his friend more, they even had plans to get together the day he died. Anyways Simon said he carried around the guilt of his friends passing and not being there for him for 6 years or so, before realizing that he needed to let go of "the ghost" of his friend even though he still loved him, and move on with life because his friend isn't here anymore and nothing can be done about it.
    Justintimeon July 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:the intrumental at the end rocks and goes wicked on layer cake
    cdbilson March 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:songs about the struggle and want to give up drugs - and all the people he's hurt while on drugs
    yoTIMyoon April 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Memory:This song brings back a very sad time in my life.

    3 days before I was supposed to get married, it all blew up.

    All my fault, I screwed up bad.

    This song was just coming out at the time, and I saw the video.. it forever became the anthem of this screwed up time in my life in upstate new york. I remember being in a hotel room, waiting for my new apartment to be ready, and this video came on. It was the first time I really listened to the words.

    I lost the person I love and my best friend as well, because I did something so amazingly wrong. I knew I screwed up, I knew I would never see her again, and I knew that some how I had to learn from this huge mistake, move on, and be a better person after learning this lesson. I had to find my "Ordinary World" so to speak.

    Well, I moved on, found my place in the world, got married, and lived happily ever after, she did as well. Ours truly was just a little sorrow, but man did it hurt.

    I guess we all live and learn, it was really hard to hear these lyrics at that time.
    DarkStarson March 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This song is the best!! it really helped me through some hard times. Duran Duran rocks my world
    Duranie147DCon April 14, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:Oh yeah!
    Deadon May 22, 2002   Link

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