"World Of Pain" as written by Gail Collins and Felix Pappalardi....
Outside my window is a tree.
Outside my window is a tree.
There only for me.
And it stands in the gray of the city,
No time for pity for the tree or me.

There is a world of pain
In the fallinf rain
Around me.

Is there a reason for today?
Is there a reason for today?
Do you remember?
I can hear all the cries of the city,
No time for pity for a growing tree.

There is a world of pain
In the falling rain
Around me.

Outside my window is a tree.
Outside my window is a tree.
There only for me.
And it stands in the gray of the city,
No time for pity for the tree or me.

There is a world of pain
In the falling rain
Around me.


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"World of Pain" as written by Felix Pappalardi Gail Collins

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    General CommentI can't believe nobody commented on this song, it's so god damn good.

    "Is there a reason for today?"

    existentialism, perhaps?
    sweet_leafon February 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits a pity for sure that there isnt any posts to this short but brilliant song by Gail Collins and Felix Pappalardi
    greatness indeed!
    floydian18on July 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps about some sort of cell window? If the tree through the window is all that's there for comment? World of pain = shock therapy or similar?
    gmfreakon February 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is probably my favorite cream song.
    he's drawing some very obvious parallels between himself and the tree, both being suffocated by their environment. the tree's growth is restricted and stunted because of the smog and "grey of the city". he speaks about looking out of a window, and the hook is 'there is a world of pain', so i guess he sees the outside world as gloomy and oppressive and opts to stay indoors.

    and now for a silly conjecture: the rain he's talking about is acid rain from the polluted city which is harming the tree.
    killemoffon April 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favourite Cream song, too.
    Although Baker isn't much exposed here, Clapton is still rockin', and Bruce is at his best.
    Incredible lyrics; lonely man and a tree are the same, forgoten and polluted by the society.
    Very deppresive song. It' doesn't have to be litteraly about ecology and environment, imo it is more about mass of people who live in the city and fell just lonely, becouse all they can care for is their own lives and needs; they just don't have time to look at the growing tree.
    Hyacinthon June 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHmm, I think the ecological issue started to be on debate only a couple of years later. People hardly thought about this in 1967 the way they did from the mid-70ies on, so that track is rather improbable.
    I also do not tend to the "cell window" approach. I see the sond rather related to general sadness (blues!), and moments when people rather relate to nature than to other people. especially in the "grey" cities. So a momentum of doubt in the course of civilisation and culture might be in the song's baseline.
    Spin99on March 09, 2013   Link
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    General Comment~There is no given reason for an environmental impact message here~
    He looks out his window feeling very alone and depressed and sees a lonely tree standing in a grey, hazy, rainy city and compares his own loneliness and depression to the loneliness of the tree.
    Also stating that in a city no one has time to stop, thinkabout, or have pity for suffering and loneliness.
    Thunoon June 17, 2013   Link
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    General CommentLyrics by Gail Collins. She shot her husband and Cream producer, Felix Pappalardi, and after a short stretch in prison eventually died at age 72 (reverse 27) of cancer in Mexico. World of pain indeed.
    ShempDavieson January 07, 2017   Link

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