"The World I Know" as written by and Ross Brian/roland Childress....
Has our conscience shown?
Has the sweet breeze blown?
Has all the kindness gone?
Hope still lingers on
I drink myself of newfound pity
Sitting alone in New York City
And I don't know why

Are we listening
Hymns of offering?
Have we eyes to see
That love is gathering?
All the words that I've been reading
Have now started the act of bleeding
Into one, into one

So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world below
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down
'Cause it's the world I know
Oh it's the world I know

I drink myself of newfound pity
Sitting alone in New York City
And I don't know why, don't know why

So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world below
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down
'Cause it's the world I know
Oh it's the world I know

So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world belo
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down
'Cause it's the world I know
Oh it's the world I know


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"The World I Know" as written by Ross Brian/roland Childress

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    General CommentA few months ago I was as low as I have ever been. Everything in my life was going wrong. I decided that the only thing for me to do is to kill myself. I decided that I would jump off my appartment roof. Then I heard this song and the lyrics made me change my mind. To me this song is about some guy that was at his personal low, and when he was about to take the jump, he realized that he knows this world and so he changed his mind because the world isn't that bad after all.
    TARVISon May 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is about someone reflecting on their surroundings or just everyday life and society. The part when he "walked up on high" I think he stood at the edge of a building top either to jump off until he realized that this is the world he is used to and decided to live with it and love it, or he just stood up there for the natural high and to see the whole city before his eyes and how beautiful it really is. I really like the part where it says "All the words I've been reading have now started the act of bleeding into one" I think it's saying that all the things that have happened to him along the way are finally starting to make sense and the go together to help him out. All just my opinion.
    Cornerstoneon April 24, 2002   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about losing hope in humanity and the world. It's that moment when you realize that no matter how much good in the world there could be, its blanketed with negativity. It's so sad that it's kind of funny. Humanity has the potential of love and empathy, yet most choose greed and hatred. It's the world I know versus the world that could be.
    OldBalanceon October 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think people should be thanking the people that made this song happen. If it wasnt for it, there would be 2 people gone... and probably more that arent here. The world isnt so bad as the song states..... just aslong as we have music.
    apu318on March 30, 2003   Link
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    Song MeaningThe following is NOT RELIGIOUS...it is merely an attempt to describe the lyrics in "spiritual" terms that are affirmed and/or otherwise supported by the New Testament. It in no way detracts and/or otherwise passes judgment upon anyone's beliefs and is NOT a disparagement of any religion.

    To each his own.

    It is conveyed with the simple purpose of helping to "enlighten" those who seek peace and tranquility in a "fallen world" full of desperation and fear.

    May it be an encouragement for you to ask, seek and knock on the door that resides within us all. May you be blessed with a reverence for all life and be selfless in all of your actions.

    "Are we listening"....remain quiet and still and listen and hear the inner voice within you.

    "To the hymns of offering?"...."Prevenient Grace"...bestowed upon the world as a counselor/comforter (The Holy Spirit) promised by Jesus in all 4 Gospels and in the Book of Acts. This occurred 50 days after Jesus death; His subsequent resurrection and exactly 7 after His second ascension.

    The Pentecost was exactly 50 days after His death. The in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit is available to ALL who accept and confess with their lips that Jesus is LORD. Book of Acts 16:31 and Romans 10:9.

    "Have we eyes to see"....Being spiritual blind and deaf ; we can finally see this world and our life through a new consciousness upon the "in-dwelling" of the Holy Spirit. Awake O Sleeper and Rise Up from the Dead and Christ will give you the light is described in the book of Ephesians.

    "That love is gathering"....all who have the "in-dwelling" of the Holy Spirit know each other as brothers and sisters of our Heavenly Father and also our Saviour and LORD; Jesus. True love; is described in 1 Corinthians Chapter 13. It's referred to as Agape; not Phileo, Amore or Eros! Love NEVER fails! (1 Cor. 13:8).

    "All the words that I've been reading"...references the "Book of Life"; New Testament...often found in hotel rooms placed by there by the Gideons. Non-denominational dedicated society to distribute Bibles. II Timothy Ch 3:16 VERIFIES that it contains God's Word and that it does have GREAT POWER!

    "Have started the act of bleeding into ONE"...Once the "in-dwelling" of the Holy Spirit occurs; we become one with our Heavenly Father, Saviour and LORD (Jesus). Often referred to as the "Trinity". Refer to Book of Colossians Ch. 1:27; Gospel of John Ch. 14:17.

    The rest of the lyrics describe the "epiphany" and resultant NEW perspective that occurs as a result of the "in-dwelling" of the Holy Spirit. Both great sadness and joy combined. Known as "conversion" or being born again of "Water and Spirit" as described in the Gospel of John Chapter 3...verse 5.
    BeachComberFloridaon March 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEd's mom bought my daughter an x-mas gift last year. Random.
    LostFearson July 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst of all newfoundfinch the point of this site is to state what the song means so just calm yourself down. This song is really important to a lot of people because your used to this life that just isnt satisfying but its all you know
    dont4get2breatheon May 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe this needs to be clarified:

    music videos are NOT the meaning of the song, nor does the song define the music video. a music video is just one person's interpretation of what the song means to them. JUST ONE PERSON. in the millions of people who will listen to a song and interpret it millions of different ways, only one person is granted the power to push their vision onto you.

    so just because you've seen the video before, newfoundfinch, it don't mean shit. perhaps it may be a good idea for you to practice your social skills and stop letting MTV do your thinking for you.
    roger wilcoon May 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song had helped me out. I was in an abusive relationship and I knew that there was nothing that I could do to get out of it. I used to listen to this song and cry becuase my pathetic life was the world I knew. One day I was listening to this song with one of my good friends and he asked me to actually listen to this song. He told me that it was saying that I should look at my life and change it if I didn't like it.
    gnfrmyleson June 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah i think this song has something to do with feeling like committing suicide coz he's dissapointed with the state of life he's in,and he thinks its coz of the world..and he never thought it'll end this way...coz he thought he knew,or understood this world..but tell me,who does?..you think u do,but at the end of the day,you don't...hahaha..and to qnfrmyles,chill,man...u do have a choice in ur life..i hope u choose the right part..peace be with u all..
    dariofooon July 01, 2002   Link

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