"Beautiful World" as written by Gerald V Casale and Mark Allen Mothersbaugh....
It's a beautiful world we live in
A sweet romantic place
Beautiful people everywhere
The way they show they care
Makes me want to say

It's a beautiful world
It's a beautiful world
It's a beautiful world

For you
For you
For you

It's a wonderful time to be here
It's nice to be alive
Wonderful people everywhere
The way they comb their hair
Makes me want to say

It's a wonderful place
It's a wonderful place
It's a wonderful place

For you
For you
For you

Hey
Tell me what I say

Boy 'n' girl with the new clothes on
You can shake it to me all night long
Hey hey

It's a beautiful world we live in
A sweet romantic place
Beautiful people everywhere
The way they show they care
Makes me want to say

It's a beautiful world
It's a beautiful world
It's a beautiful world

For you
For you
For you

It's not for me

It's a beautiful world, For you
It's a beautiful world, For you
It's a beautiful world, For you
It's a beautiful world, Not me


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"Beautiful World" as written by Mark Mothersbaugh Gerald V. Casale

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  • +4
    General CommentYou know, I think even without the "It's not for me" line it's got a very sarcastic/ironic vibe to it.

    It's funny, because it takes the incredibly superficial concept of a "beautiful world", the kind where everything's made of plastic, and has the General Electric logo, which was an actual mentality at one time, but makes it sound so incredibly upbeat that it sounds as superficial as it really is.

    What it does is take a cultural mentality, and sets it to such repetitive, up-tempo, upbeat music that if you were to take it seriously you would think "ugh, what a terrible pop song", which in turn makes the statement that consumer culture is as superficial as pop music.

    And the video is great. I'm not even sure the song's complete without the video.
    PursuitofLifeon April 03, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song itself is kinda cute when you first hear it for the first time. Then you hear the "but not for me", and you start to think. It still has that hilarious biting irony DEVO will always have, but has a very serious side.
    Then when you watch the video progress into progressively more violent and shocking images (KKK groups, police beatings, riots, famine, etc), you get an utter chill at "but not for me", and you do much more than think.
    I know I did.
    BoojiBoyon February 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere was a Target commercial several years ago with this song playing in the background featuring a creepy "futuristic" family marveling at a house filled with piles of brand items. The song added such an unsettling subtext to the whole thing that whoever sought licensing for that song either had no idea what they were doing, or in fact knew *exactly* what they were doing.
    destroyalltacoson June 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of my fav, and first, songs of devo i listen/ed to.
    quite clearly is sarcastic and i love how the lyrics can
    invoke such meaning.
    makeshift jesuson February 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of the most bitterly ironic commentaries on the excess and self indulgence of the 1980's i've ever heard
    ShakeyFan2on December 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionA lot of people have really hit the nail on the head with the meaning of this song, but I'll throw in my opinion anyway.

    This is comes across as Devo's tongue in cheek commentary on commercialism and the general 80s "money is good" mentality. Creating a false sense of happiness, surrounding yourself with items and people you don't care about. However, you continue kidding yourself you're happy... almost putting on a show for other people.

    The way the lyrics come across is almost like Devo are patting these people on the head and saying, "You're beautiful and have money, that's nice, good for you." But, they're above that and it's not for them.

    The music video also reminds me of old American news/info shorts from the 40s and 50s; they have a stiff upper lip attitude combined with sweeping things under the carpet. The world is OK, everything is OK... go back to sleep.
    triggerhappyguyon February 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is utterly sarcastic (as devised by the music video), and most people don't realise that. The "for you" line really illustrates that it's not a beautiful world for the singer, but to another's point of view.
    restin256on December 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a pretty bad rendition of the lyrics. The video for this is one of the best short videos I've ever seen.

    One interesting thing is how frequently covers of this song neglect the "not for me" lyric twist. It's like when people miss the "freedom FROM choice" part of "Freedom of Choice;" you wonder what song they were listening to.
    Dubious Meriton March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best pieces Devo has ever done.
    Forget "Whip It", and "Girl You Want", and "Working In A Coal Mine", this song is far more thought provoking.

    Is it in fact a "Beautiful World"? Or is it that it COULD be, but isn't yet?
    Major Valoron August 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, the video too. I believe its by far the best video, when it gets to the "for you" part and it starts with all the explosions, nazi's all that. But yeah this song is clearly sarcastic, thats why i love it so much
    newagehippieon November 09, 2007   Link

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