First World



Swansong over the rooftops
Call to the kid next door
Let it be proclaimed in the wind and the rain
Gotta do that

Do you really think so ?
Do you really think so ?

Hope the light of the first world
Won't dark the light of the third world
Wash the darkness from your eyes
It's time to let your nature rise
Roses in the garden
Hummingbirds and butterflies
Flutter by

Swansong over the rooftops
Call to the kid next door
Let it be proclaimed in the wind and the rain
Gotta do that

Do you really think so ?
Do you really think so ?

Hope the light of the first world
Won't dark the light of the third world
Wash the darkness from your eyes
It's time to let your nature rise
Roses in the garden
Hummingbirds and butterflies
Flutter by

Hope the light of the first world
Won't dark the light of the third world
Wash the darkness from your eyes
It's time to let your nature rise
Roses in the garden
Hummingbirds and butterflies
Flutter by

Do you really think so ?...


Lyrics by:
Brown / Ibrahim

Available on:
Golden Greats (5.08)

Details:

First World (blue): the United States and its allies.
Second World (red): the Soviet Union, China, and their allies.
Third World (green): neutral and non-aligned countries.
The three worlds as they were separated during the Cold War era, each with its respective allies as of the period between 30th April 1975 (the fall of Saigon) and 23rd August 1975 (the communist takeover in Laos). Colours do not represent current economic development. The Russian and Chinese blocs are grouped together as one for illustrative purposes, but note that historically they were not allied during the time represented. The green region does not represent an alliance, but rather encompasses all countries that were not aligned with the Soviet Union, the USA, or China. The term Third World arose during the Cold War to define countries that remained non-aligned with either capitalism and NATO (which along with its allies represented the First World), or communism and the Soviet Union (which along with its allies represented the Second World). This definition provided a way of broadly categorizing the nations of the earth into three groups based on social, political, and economic divisions. Due to many of the Third World countries being extremely poor, it became a stereotype such that people commonly refer to undeveloped countries as "third world countries", often used in a pejorative way. Over the last few decades, the term 'Third World' has been used interchangeably with the Global South and Developing Countries to describe poorer countries that have struggled to attain steady economic development. Third World countries includes most of Africa, Latin America, and Asia. However some exceptions exist to this rule. Some European countries were part of the non-aligned movement and a few were and are very prosperous, including Switzerland and Austria. In the so-called dependency theory of thinkers like Raul Prebisch, Theotonio dos Santos, and Andre Gunder Frank, the Third World has also been connected to the world economic division as "periphery" countries in the world system that is dominated by the "core" countries. Due to the complex history of evolving meanings and contexts, there is no clear or agreed upon definition of the Third World and the term is now less popular than it was during the 1970s and 1980s.

First World is a hybrid of two different songs that Brown and Aziz had written. Brown was inspired by an old Mexican folk song about the sun of the First World blocking out the sun of the Third World, to contrast the natural beauty of the Third World with the regimented structure of the First World:


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