"Small Things" as written by and Benjamin John Howard....
All in my mind
I walked down Mayflower Road again
The wailing sound
Echoes from the park seems so absurd
The bird stained towers
I knew it would but I can’t shake the sting
Can’t spend my time on everybody else
If buildings fell at least we’d be in matrimony
I can't control the words
Kaleidoscope inside my head

Has the world gone mad
Or is it me?
All these small things they gather round me
Gather round me
Is it all so very bad?
I can’t see
All these small things they gather round me
Gather round me

Saw the police
Screaming something trivial like
'Keep the peace'
The world moves on and
You can’t shake the sound
I know she’s home
Waiting on somebody holding life
All in my mind the anvil and
The weight upon my back

Has the world gone mad
Or is it me?
All these small things they gather round me
Gather round me
Is it all so very bad?
I can’t see
All these small things they gather round me
Gather around me
And I can’t see my love

Has the world gone mad
Or is it me?
All these small things they gather round me
Gather round me
Is it all so very bad?
I can’t see
All these small things they gather round me
Gather around me


Lyrics submitted by mfrazee, edited by M4TTY, LaurissaMarie, shiggs7657, Snowyjugs

"Small Things" as written by Benjamin John Howard

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  • +5
    My Interpretation[Yes Ben, the world has gone mad. It is not you!]

    For me, the narrator is commenting on the hundreds of absurd, frustrating, ignorant, and hateful "small things" that happen everyday. If they were infrequent or only happened one at a time... The "small things" when taken individually might only be minor annoyances that one could easily brush off... But as he says; "all these small things they gather around me." They, the small things, can pile up in ones mind... at time overwhelming.

    He asks, "has the world gone mad, or is it me", Because you can't articulate the negative feeling that is the product of the sum of these "small things." "The words kaleidoscope inside my head."

    When you kvetch about any one small thing it comes out with the sum force of ALL... you come off as one big over-reaction. If you try to kvetch about the sum total, you can't... They are small disparate things... you'd sound like a rambling mad person. It makes you begin to doubt your ability to reason. One small thing happens... the proverbial straw that broke the camels back. You end up asking yourself... "has the world gone mad? Or, is it me?"

    I realize I'm mixing my genres but It's like Depeche Mode sang long ago...
    "Everything counts... in large amounts"
    Erodoxon October 23, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I think for anybody that experiences anxiety/depression would agree this song is heavily rooted in it. How hard it can be to just "go with the flow" and feel the joy without something watering it down, without just generally being annoyed or exhausted from the many tedious tasks that sometimes life offers us. Not only the stress of your own personal anxieties, but the anxieties of the world around us can be downright annoying and daunting no doubt.

    He's obviously questioning, is it me? is it as bad as I think it is? Or is it possibly the world the surrounds me?

    'All these small things, they gather 'round me, gather 'round me
    Is it all so very bad, I can't see?
    All these small things, they gather 'round me, gather 'round me
    And I can't see none'

    Hello, anxiety, nice to meet you. Is it me or is it the absolute chaos that we live in. I cannot distinguish if I am the problem or THEY (the outside world)

    This song to me in two words : Human Condition.

    And by the way,

    It's the bust takes hours, not the Bird stained towers. Anoooyyying. ;)
    LaurissaMarieon February 03, 2015   Link

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