Somebody somewhere's waking up with a face full of tears
because they found out their loved one's dead
there's a man in a suit who spilled hot coffee in his lap
swears somebody done put the devil in his head
well there's a world going on outside the world that I'm in
and I've got a sunrise in texas again
well I feel pretty good here in the clothes that I wear
the unfortunates want nothing from me
i share a smile with a woman
but i'd love to share more
but i guess things are much worse than they seem
well theres a world going on outside the world that i'm in
and i got a sunrise in texas again
yeah there's a world going on outside the world that i'm in
and i got a sunrise in texas again
there's a little girl making plans for the death of an innocent child
and a grown man, he pays with poison for his crime
and there's an old man in the street, screams, "You'd better love the ones you hate! 'Cause the end is near, now's the time!"
well there's a world going on outside the world that i'm in
and i've got a sunrise in texas again
well there's world going on outside the world that i'm in
and i've got a sunrise in texas again
well i feel pretty safe now, in the tongue that i speak
cause the angry one's got nothing on me
i walk a line with a dangerous lean
and my words alone destroy the weak
there's world going on outside the world that I'm in
and I've got a sunrise in texas again
yeah there's a world going on outside the world that I'm in
and I got a sunrise in texas again


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    General CommentThis song is only performed at concerts and is not found on Tolcher's album, which is a shame because it is good and full of meaning. I think it has a lot to do with being able to see what is going on in other people's worlds and not just your own, as in looking beyond yourself at other people around you at restaraunts or on the street. "What is going on inside their head?"
    The old man seems to be a reminder that people need to see past their own selfish problems because the world does really seem to be ending (look at all of the problems Tolcher describes).
    The lyrics where he describes himself are more difficult for me. I have trouble with those. Probably how he is comparing what is going on in HIS world as compared to other people's. There's a lot of contrasts (little girl/grown man, seriousness of the death of a loved one/spilling coffee and blaming it on the devil).
    I also remember Tolcher mentioning that he wrote it in Texas (I could be wrong) and that's why he chose Texas. But Texas is also a melting pot of various peoples and activities. The song also has that rough-and-tumble twang to it, which is associated with cowboys and Texas.
    akleinsmithon August 28, 2006   Link

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