"Shout" as written by Roland Orzabal and Ian Stanley....
Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you
Come on

In violent times
You shouldn't have to sell your soul
In black and white
They really really ought to know
Those one track minds
That took you for a working boy
Kiss them goodbye
You shouldn't have to jump for joy
You shouldn't have to shout for joy

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you
Come on

They gave you life
And in return you gave them hell
As cold as ice
I hope we live to tell the tale
I hope we live to tell the tale

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you
Come on

And when you've taken down your guard
If I could change your mind
I'd really love to break your heart
I'd really love to break your heart

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you
So come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you
So come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I'm talking to you


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"Shout" as written by Roland Orzabal Ian Stanley

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  • +5
    General CommentActually I think MadShanghai is mostly right - this song is about a primal scream therapy encounter. Basically, during primal scream therapy, one lets go of every impluse and emotion with every thought. If you feel angry about something, frustrated, then you act it out instead of just talking about it. The idea is that if we let go of our repressed emotions which civilization places upon us (a Freudian idea that is also adapted by many other psychological trains of thought) then we can move on from these childish fears and wants that are holding us back and realize our true adult selves. This song talks about letting go of our childhood problems in shouts of anger, letting it all out.

    Like most fad therapies, most experts think this is another bunk idea. Tears for Fears talked a lot about repression and subconscious desires in their songs, even on "Call Me Mellow" on their new album. Since a lot of people think this is just wussie-hippie-in-touch-with-feelings stuff, they think Tears For Fears are a bunch of wussies too. I also believe that most counterculture ideals are well-intentioned but often wrong about many things, and Tears for Fears kind of represents the psychological aspect of the counterculture. Well, actually their music is pretty good despite the fact that their lyrics are annoying sometimes, and if you just take the lyrics for their camp value in the parts that annoy you then it's not so bad anyway.
    stoolhardyon February 03, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentJust so you know uchihasasuke, you can find the lyrics from the official album and IT IS working boy not working whore.
    new_pollutionon March 10, 2007   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationNot that these interpretations haven't been fun to read, but when it comes to the bands actual interpretation & motivation for this song - you're all wrong.

    A lot of people think that 'Shout' is just another song about primal scream theory, continuing the themes of the first album. It is actually more concerned with political protest. It came out in 1984 when a lot of people were still worried about the aftermath of The Cold War and it was basically an encouragement to protest.
    –Roland Orzabal

    It concerns protest inasmuch as it encourages people not to do things without actually questioning them. People act without thinking because that's just the way things go in society. So it's a general song, about the way the public accepts any old grief which is thrown at them.
    –Curt Smith
    quietwaron September 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIs laying in a room screaming at the top of your lungs really considered a wuss move? I always thought of primal therapy as being more of a man's-man, macho type of psychotherapy. Got problems? Why talk? Scream about them until you feel better! That said I think there's a bit more to this song than that, but not a whole lot more. I don't think Tears For Fears songs necessarily reward deep analysis or deconstruction; they usually just have one line that sums up the whole song (often the title) and a couple verses that elaborate on the theme. That's not a bad thing, though: that's why they're so timeless and great. The drums on this song are f-ing massive.
    owennnnnnnnnnon May 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentto me, this song is about coming out to your parents and the world.

    "If i could change your mind
    i'd really love to break your heart"

    that part--i think--means that the person hurting him--he cared for them before, but now they just hurt him and they hate him and the feeling's perfectly mutual. so he'd like to change their mind, have them love him again, so that he could break their heart like they did to him.

    "these are things i could do without"

    that part is so beautiful, i don't really understadn it, but i think he's saying, all the things he'll lose the in the process of "shouting", saying what he thinks, speaking his mind, are all things he can do without; after all, if someone was really important to him, they'd love him enough not to turn their back on him.

    "in violent times
    you shouldn't have to sell your soul"

    maybe an abusive parent?
    viloent times, but he shouldn't have to be someone he's not because of it.

    "in black.... ought to know"


    in simple terms, they should know how you feel, or at least try to understand.

    "those one...working boy"

    thoose simple minded people who think gay kids all become rent boys, cuz 'society' won't accept them or something.

    "kiss them goodbye"

    you shouldn't have to put up with that crap.

    "they gave...to tell the tale"

    i think this is from parents' point of view, or at least quoteing it, like they're always saying, "I GAVE BIRHT TO YOU" and like, "YOU OWE ME EVERYTHING" sort of arguement. ad in return they're gving them hell, making them decide what to do with you.

    that's my take.
    hott temperon August 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey wrote this masterpiece in response to something John Lennon said.
    beau99on April 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a song illustrating the way people keep all their feelings bottled up and act like everything's okay and how they don't agree with that, hence the lyrics "Shout, shout. Let it all out. These are the things I can do without." and the end of the song, "I'd really love to break your heart." shows how when someone actually finds another person in to confide in they just let them down. That's what the song means to me, and if I can derive a meaning like that from a few simple quotes, imagine all the other meanings people can think of then it's hardly a song written by "a bunch of wussies" but if you want to view everything thing in a simplistic manner like that then that's your problem.
    Limitationson September 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about a dad fucking screaming in his sons face then beating the shit out of him.
    demonomania78on November 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationGetting fed up and disillusioned with life. Wanting to express your anger and frustration in the most liberating, universal way: throwing a temper tantrum.

    ;)

    I actually love this song and stand by my interpretation. Not the temper tantrum bit, that was just me being silly, but the general idea yeah.
    Aquarius121on August 04, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    This song is about, the struggle men face against women and desperation.
    gunwitchon July 01, 2002   Link

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