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When The World Is Running Down Lyrics

Artist: The Police
Album: Zenyatta Mondatta

Turn on my V.C.R.
Same one I've had for years
James Brown on the T. A. M. I. show
Same tape I've had for years
I sit in my old car
Same one I've had for years
Old battery's running down
It ran for years and years

Turn on the radio
The static hurts my ears
Tell me where would I go
I ain't been out in years
Turn on the stereo
It's played for years and years
An Otis Redding song
It's all I own

When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around

Plug in my M.C.I
To exercise my brain
Make records on my own
Can't go out in the rain
Pick up the telephone
I've listened here for years
No one to talk to me
I've listened here for years

When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around

When I feel lonely here
Don't waste my time with tears
I run 'Deep Throat' again
It ran for years and years
Don't like the food I eat
The cans are running out
Same food for years and years
I hate the food I eat

When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around

When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
When the world is running down
You make the best of what's still around
Comments/Interpretations
by paul on 9/5/2008 3:59am
first verse should read ,"The Old Battler Ran For Years And Years".what do you think?
by rob on 10/7/2008 5:12pm
Back then, people had no choice but to run a movie like "Deep Throat" over and over again--not much else to choose from in that genre then!
by What is an M.C.I.? on 10/31/2008 3:05pm
that he plugs in to exercise his brain? I don't know if they video games back then, this song was written circa 1980 i think.
by mci on 11/1/2008 7:43pm
is a mixing desk
by Joe on 12/17/2008 2:05pm
Yeah, an MCI is an early multi-track recorder which you can record home demos on, hence "make records on my own" ...
In fact there's a clip on Youtube of Jools Holland interviewing Sting during the recording of 'Ghost in the Machine' and he demonstrates how he recorded the demo of 'Message in a Bottle' on it, good stuff :)

by me on 1/19/2010 4:35pm
this song is really cool, i LOVE the police-best band ever!!
thanx for the lyrics and thanx to Joe above for the vid on youtube, im gonna search that! :)
by The Iguana on 10/29/2010 12:27pm
The theme to Wall-e!
by Paul Aparicio on 12/5/2010 1:40pm
the best "1-2" punch - driven to tears which gets you feeling somewhat helpless...then "pow", right into this great song with that unmistakeable Stewart Copeland snare...very good counter to the previous song:)
by Sure Man on 2/12/2013 8:15pm
Should be the official anthem of the Obama years.
by Die-hard Police fan on 8/5/2013 5:50am
LOL! Good one Sure Man! Canary In a Coal Mine can be the official anthem as well.
by Dave on 9/22/2013 3:31am
About the T.A.M.I Show - Throughout the show, numerous go-go dancers performed in the background or beside the performers under the direction of choreographer David Winters.[3] Among them were Teri Garr and a very young Toni Basil.
It was shot by director Steve Binder and his crew from The Steve Allen Show using a precursor to High Definition television invented by the self-taught "electronics whiz," Bill Sargent. Electronovision" TV cameras, the second of a handful of productions that used the system.[1] By capturing more than 800 lines of resolution at 25 frame/s, it could be converted to film via kinescope recording with sufficient enhanced resolution to allow big-screen enlargement. - Wikipedia


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