"The World Ain't Slowin' Down" as written by and Ellis Paul....
I found you sitting on a suitcase crying
Beneath my feet,
I feel the rumble of a subway train
I laugh out loud,
'Cause it's the one thing I hadn't been trying
The train came in breathless,
The passenger's restless
You say, "Baby, you'll never change"

You gotta get gone, you gotta get going
Hey, the world ain't slowing down for no one
It's a carnival callin' out to you
It sounds like a song,
Hits you like scripture
You paint the picture
With colors squeezed from your hand
Weren't you the kid
Who just climbed on the merry-go-round
Hey look, the world ain't slowing down
Hey, hey, the world ain't slowing down
Hey, hey

Out on the sidewalk,
Pigeon's do the moonwalk
I'll be dancing like Fred Astaire
The lamppost's are rockin'
The whole town's talkin'
Like a fool in a barber's chair
And I get the sensation,
The joy and frustration
Like being caught by a tropical rain
Freedom can numb you,
When there's no place to run to
It feels just like Novocaine

You gotta get gone, you gotta get going
Hey the world ain't slowin' down for no one
It's a carnival callin' out to you
(It's callin' out to you)
It sounds like a song,
Hits you like scripture
You paint the picture
With colors squeezed from your hand
Weren't you the kid
Who just climbed on the merry-go-round
Hey look, the world ain't slowin' down
Hey, hey, the world ain't slowing down
Hey, hey

You packed up all your handbags,
Throwing off the sandbags
I let go and you stepped free
I didn't want to loose you
You said, "You didn't choose to,
It's just how your karma came."
But thanks for the vision,
And the twenty-twenty wisdom
It hit me like a south-bound train

You gotta get gone, you gotta get going
Hey the world ain't slowin' down for no one
It's a carnival callin' out to you
(It's callin' out to you)
It sounds like a song,
Hits you like scripture
You paint the picture
With colors squeezed from your hand
Weren't you the kid
Who just climbed on the merry-go
Weren't you the kid
Who just climbed on the merry-go
Weren't you the kid
Who just climbed on the merry-go-round
Hey look, the world ain't slowin' down
Hey, hey, the world ain't slowin' down
Hey, hey, it's a big, blue world
It's a big, blue world
Ridin' on a big, blue world


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"The World Ain't Slowin' Down" as written by Ellis Paul

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  • +1
    General Comment..How the hell doesnt this song have any comments. I've been listening to this song constantly since I saw me myself and Irene a few years ago. It's such a beautiful song and so inspiring
    riley490on February 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazing song! How isnt this song popular????
    seattleguy234on April 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with riley490. this song is so amazing.
    enigma07on May 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLol yes I heard it for the first time from Me Myself and Irene too.
    It really is a great song and I absolutely love the rhythem!
    SteelerChick00on July 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song so much, today was my first time hearing it. I watched Me, Myself, And Irene and fell in love with this song!
    TheBig-Aon December 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAdd me to the list of folks who heard this song for the first time in the movie "Me, Myself, & Irene". It plays in several parts throughout the movie, and is almost like a character in that it takes on a life of its own, especially when it plays in the final scene.

    When I first heard it, I thought it was written for a daughter who had grown up and was going out into the world on her own. But after re-reading the lyrics it seems clear that it's about a girlfriend/lover/significant other. However you interpret it, it's a great song that is really addictive once you hear it. It's well crafted and highlights Ellis Paul's unique voice and songwriting abilities.
    skaybaltimoreon March 27, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a break up song. The significant other is upset, "crying," and sitting at the subway about to leave your life. I picture NYC as the location with the subway and the restless passengers waiting to leave to go home. "I laugh out loud,'cause it's the one thing I hadn't been trying," After a relationship ends badly, you feel like you cannot yell at each other anymore, and all you can do is just laugh at everything (this is after you broken up.) There are two quotes in this song, I know it says "you say," but to me it relates to me as a she. This song relates to me as a break up with one of my ex's and the "Baby, you'll never change" is exactly what she told me. To me it means, we were not meant to be together, our chemistry did not mix.
    The chorus is about trying to get over the break up and move on with your life. you can be upset for weeks, but if you look up you will notice that the world is leaving you behind.

    My relationship felt like it was holding me back from many things in life. The second verse, to me, was the awaking after the breakup and feeling better about everything. I did get a "sensation, a joy and frustration" from being happy not being with her anymore, but still felling upset over how you actual broke up took place(lets say her cheating). The freedom does numb you, but you do drift back into sadness over what happened, but its not as bad as before.

    In my relationship there was trust issues, as I feel there was in this song. "You packed up all your handbags, Throwing off the sandbags, I let go and you stepped free." The "war or breakup" was over and and she was packing, during this time our walls (barriers) were self destructing. I told her I didn't want to loose her, but I didn't trust her anymore; and I don't think I ever did - "You didn't choose to, It's just how your karma came." I had it coming from the beginning. But, I learned a lot from it was obvious from the beginning, looking back hindsight; It was obvious - "It hit me like a south-bound train."

    Now, about the kid on the marry-go-round, not exactly sure what it means. Maybe being lost in the relationship.
    papymaj5on July 31, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is the protagonist restarting a relationship he once had with a free spirit. He finds her on her suitcase, leaving her last relationship. He never changes because he never wanted her to leave in the first place. She goes back with him. The 2nd verse is about that relationship. The euphoria of the relationship is described, and he tries to convince her that the freedom she seeks is not worth it. In the end, she ends up leaving him again, hitting him like the southbound train she rides out of town yet again.

    Sad, sad song. Nothing like losing someone you never had to begin with.
    Guitarearlon November 06, 2012   Link

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