"The World Is Not Enough" as written by and David Arnold....
I know how to hurt
I know how to kill
I know what to show
And what to conceal
I know when to talk
And I know when to touch
No one ever died from wanting too much

[Chorus]
The world is not enough
But it is such a perfect place to start, my love
And if you're strong enough
Together we can take the world apart, my love

People like us
Know how to survive
There's no point in living
If you can't feel the life
We know when to kiss
And we know when to kill
If we can't have it all
Then nobody will

[Chorus]

I, I feel sick
I, I feel scared
I, I feel ready
And heaven prepare

[Chorus]

The world is not enough
The world is not enough


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"The World is Not Enough" as written by David Arnold

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  • +4
    General CommentMaybe it's me, but I think the first lines are:


    I know how to hurt
    I know how to HEAL


    Anyone else hear it?
    youmakemenervouson April 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know why, and I'm sure this isn't what she is referring to in the song, but this song makes me think of a female vampire who has just made a male fledgeling vampire and wants to be with him and they can have everything together. It's romantic in a sadistic way.
    RedDollShoeson August 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have not personally felt this way, but I know people who are greedy like that.
    Rosaline23on May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song refers to a girl in love, but i know "the love is not foreal" anytimes
    tommibon July 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a maniacal evil genius who wants to take over the world. Or maybe... oh, who'd know? It's a song from a movie, and this is how the bad guy in the movie felt about the world. And he was a maniacal evil genius. Imgine that!
    SomeGirl_Jadziaon March 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI know how to hurt,
    I know how to kill
    I know what to show
    and what to conceal

    it starts out describing someone who is basically in "survival mode". You dont' let anyone close, you show what you need to to get what you want, you hurt when you need to, kill when you have to (not literally, its symbolism)

    But then it goes into "No one ever died from wanting too much, the world is not enough, but it is a perfect place to start, my love" So the song shifts to symbolize finding love and taking a risk (ie. getting hurt). Kind of describes the feeling of first falling in love, where you feel powerful and alive and that you can do anything. The rest of the song just describes living like there's no tomorrow, that kind of thing.

    I feel sick, i feel scared, i feel ready, yet unprepared

    describes the feeling of doing something new or risky. Butterflies, anxious, yet excited and resolute.

    "the world is not enough, but it is such a perfect place to start, my love. together we can take the world apart, my love." As in, I would give up this world for you, but even that wouldn't equal my love for you. So yeah, basically about new love, and the excitement and fear and strength you get from it.
    raiseyourglasson July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a wonderful song. Kinda grows on you.
    If you listen closely to the part where the lyrics say:
    "No one ever die from wanting to much"
    She distinctly sings:
    "No one never die from wanting to much"
    Which makes more sense anyway.
    a1kemion July 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHer voice was so haunting.
    MidnightEcstasyon July 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was 'no one ever died from wanting too much' which, i think makes the most sense. It's about a woman who wants everything, and believes that a certain man can help her. Definitely the best of all the 007 songs, and the first song that made me realise just how good her voice is.
    I think the line 'the world is not enough, but it is such a perfect place to start' is particularly funny. Can't you just imagine a psychotic woman who wants everything saying that?
    rikkuon January 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think its about James Bond himself. i havent seen this movie so far but i felt its about 007 finding a woman who is in the same field he is in.

    "I know how to hurt/kill
    I know what to show/conceal"

    thats 007 in action. it means he is good at what he does.

    "I know when to talk
    And I know when to touch"

    shows how good a lover he is..

    "The world is not enough
    But it is such a perfect place to start, my love
    And if you're strong enough
    Together we can take the world apart, my love"

    the world is not enough to show u how much i love u. its not perfect (and 007 has been trying to fix it since the 70s) but its the best place we can nourish our love. and the part about taking the worlds apart, i think, is about his and her world. i think they will abandon this life of being spys and have a normal life and have kids. Just like those movies where a mafioso retires from his work and leads a normal unexciting life.

    "People like us
    Know how to survive
    There's no point in living
    If you can't feel the life
    We know when to kiss
    And we know when to kill
    If we can't have it all
    Then nobody will"

    again talking about thier professional life and thier love life. And if they cant be together, they will never have a relation with someone else.

    "I - I feel sick
    I - I feel scared
    I - I feel ready
    I - And yet unprepared"

    this can be the feelings of 007 when he goes to a mission of when he falls in love.

    Anyway, i love it and i might be wrong but this is always how i saw it. It can also be seen from the guy's or the woman's point of view....
    bisoon February 05, 2007   Link

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