Mad World

"Mad World" is a song by the British band Tears for Fears, written by Roland Orzabal and sung by bassist Curt Smith. It was the band's third single release and first chart hit, reaching #3 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1982.


Mad World (Am)(WORD)
Mad World (Am)(PDF)
Mad World (Em)(WORD)
Mad World (Em)(PDF)

TO PLAY ALONG WITH THE VIDEO IN GCEA TUNING, use the Em songsheet and put you capo on the 2nd fret! On BUG night, we'll be using the Am songsheet!

In the Am songsheet, you can have some fun and variety by dropping the Am/C into the choruses, although I've chosen for simplicity not to put that in the songsheet. For example:

[Am] And I find it [Am/C] kind of [D] funny, I find it kind of [Am] sad
The dreams in [Am/C] which I'm [D] dying are the best I've ever [Am] had
I find it [Am/C] hard to [D] tell you, ‘cause I find it hard to [Am] take
When people [Am/C] run in [D] circles, it's a very, very
/ [Am] [Am/C] Mad / [D] world / [Am] [Am/C] mad / [D] world /
/ [Am] [Am/C] Mad / [D] world / [Am] [Am/C] mad / [D] world /

Both "Mad World" and its B-side, "Ideas as Opiates", appeared on the band's debut LP The Hurting the following year. In the same time, the song eventually became Tears for Fears' first international hit, reaching the Top 40 in several countries in 1982 and 1983, peaking notably at #2 in South Africa.

Two decades later, "Mad World" made a popular resurgence when it was covered in a much slower and sombre minimalist style by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules for the soundtrack to the movie Donnie Darko in 2001. This version reached #1 in the UK in December 2003, and also became an international hit. (Wikipedia)

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