"Oh What a World" as written by Maurice Joseph Ravel and Rufus Wainwright....
Men reading fashion magazines
Oh what a world it seems we live in
Straight men, oh what a world we live in

Why am I always on a plane or a fast train
Oh what a world my parents gave me
Always traveling but not in love

Still I think I'm doing fine
"Life is Beautiful" on the New York Times

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"Oh What a World" as written by Rufus Wainwright Maurice Joseph Ravel

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    General CommentThis was inspired by the Wicked Witch of the West's death as well as Rufus's experience on a train, just observing. I think this song is mostly about observing things around you and contemplating your past, present, and future.
    wingofasongbirdon November 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFrom his website: "I wrote this on the train from Paris to London at the tail end of the Poses tour, and I was very numb. It’s about looking at the world and seeing what’s actually there, not feeling either good or bad about it, just feeling apart. I was grasping at some kind of mantra – like, even though the world is a strange place, you’re still on the train, you paid for your ticket, and it’s going to arrive at some point. There are a lot of trains on this album."
    pauluniverseon March 16, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Men reading fashion magazines
    Oh what a world
    It seems we live in
    Straight man"

    reminds me a little of the current trend of the 'metrosexual.'
    meggganon March 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti sort of love rufus wainwright, and since i was a little kid, i've loved bolero. it's so... great, literally, when it connects in the end, like a big symphony.
    stella.the.diveron October 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love the baseline in this how it just seems so 'Ho Hum.' There is the sound of something like a chain-gang trudging along. It reminds me of the opening scene in Les Miserables.
    sunbeamljon February 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti remember someone telling me that he travelled around a lot as a kid?
    zennoron February 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the pause after 'straight men' is more of a comedic pause. Especially live.
    mandibgoodon April 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti heard a live version (from a dvd, i guess) in which after "straight men" rufus says "right" (like in "yeah, right"). it's quite amusing.
    tenwordson November 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWouldn't it be a lovely headline "Life is beautiful" on the New York Times

    Love that line. This whole song just has a great feel to it, I love it.
    ChelseaDawnon October 24, 2010   Link

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