Tears For Fears' 5 best lyrics

The English band Tears for Fears has produced some amazing songs over the years, and even though the act has released just six albums since 1983, there are a lot of memorable lyrics in the band's catalog. With four Top 3 singles in the United States, including two No. 1 hits, many of us have been singing Tears for Fears songs for a good portion of our lives.

When lyrics stay in your head for more than 30 years, it's a good sign that the words are memorable for a reason. They mean something to you, and you've never been able to forget them as a result. We can thank Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith for making a positive impact on our lives. Here is our list of the five best lyrics from Tears for Fears.

5. "Sowing the Seeds of Love"

At the time (1989), this was the first single from the band in four years, as Orzabal and Smith took some time off after the success of the Songs From the Big Chair album that was a global sensation. It was worth the wait, as the duo put together a nice message for the negative impact materialism on the decade by going old school, Beatles style.

Best lyrics:
High time we made a stand and shook up the views of the common man
And the love train rides from coast to coast
DJ's the man we love the most
Could you be, could you be squeaky clean
And smash any hope of democracy?
As the headline says you're free to choose
There's egg on your face and mud on your shoes
One of these days they're gonna call it the blues
And anything is possible when you're sowing the seeds of love

4. "Head Over Heels"

Thanks to a cute video that played endlessly on MTV, this song rattled around in our brains forever as the fourth single release from the group's second LP. The sweet romanticism expressed in the song's lyrics also had a rhythmic quality that enabled the cadence to stick in the audience's mind for a long time. 

Best lyrics:
You keep your distance with a system of touch
And gentle persuasion
I'm lost in admiration, could I need you this much?
Oh, you're wasting my time
You're just, just, just wasting time
Something happens and I'm head over heels
I never find out
'Til I'm head over heels
Something happens and I'm head over heels
Ah, don't take my heart, don't break my heart
Don't, don't, don't throw it away

3. "Woman in Chains"

The Year of the Woman in U.S. politics was still three years away when this song was released in November 1989 as the second single from the band's third album, The Seeds of Love. The lyrics express strong commentary on the patriarchal nature of Western civilization, while the the voice of Oleta Adams brought a balanced sincerity to the meaning of those words.

Best lyrics:
Well I feel lying and waiting is a poor man's deal
And I feel hopelessly weighed down by your eyes of steel
It's a world gone crazy
Keeps woman in chains
Trades her soul as skin and bones
Sells the only thing she owns

2. "Mad World"

The cover version of this song, performed in the early 2000s by Gary Jules for the film Donnie Darko, helped a new generation rediscover the brilliance of Orzabal's songwriting. The line, "The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had," maybe the single-best line of all Tears for Fears' songs.

Best lyrics:
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me
No one knew me
Hello, teacher, tell me what's my lesson?
Look right through me
Look right through me
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you
'Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it's a very very
Mad world

1. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"

Nothing does last forever, really, and this song's message isn't lost upon us, even today. The track went to No. 1 on eight different charts around the world, and it's no secret why as it speaks to every one of us about our own ability to choose what we want in our lives. We can all rule our own worlds, basically.

Best lyrics:
It's my own design
It's my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most
Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world