What The World Is Waiting For



Here comes the wise man
And there goes the fool
It's a big, bad world that he's living in
I don't need to look for the rules

Here comes the donkey
Chained to a ten-ton plough
He'll never make that hill in a million years
Whip crack beat him down

He loves his brother
He'll sell him for a fistful of gold
He needs to slave for his vision of the promised land
No I don't believe a word
Take me anyway your wind blows

You'll never know
Just what you wanna do, or where you wanna go
I think it's time
That you found what the world is waiting for
I think it's time
To get real

Here comes the wise man
And there goes the fool
It's a burned-out world that he's living in
I don't need to look for the rules

He loves his brother
He'll sell him for a fistful of gold
But he needs to slave for his vision of the promised land
No I don't believe a word
Take me anyway your wind blows

You'll never know
Just what you wanna do, or where you wanna go
I think it's time
That you found what the world is waiting for
I think it's time
To get real

Anytime you want it then it's there
All you gotta do is stop me on the corner and ask
Say hey ! You don't live today
Stop the world
Stop the world, I'm getting off
I'm getting off
Yeah I've had enough
I'm getting off


Lyrics by:
Squire / Brown

Music by:
Squire / Brown

Written:
1989

Personnel:
John Squire (guitar)
Ian Brown (vocals)
Gary Mounfield (bass)
Alan Wren (drums)

Produced by:
John Leckie

Available on:
See Fool's Gold
Turns Into Stone (3.55)
The Complete Stone Roses (3.55)
The Very Best Of The Stone Roses (3.53)

First live performance:
Never performed live.

Details:
What The World Is Waiting For was originally preferred as an A-side to Fool's Gold.

There are thematic touches of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, presented in a biblical context. The lyric "He loves his brother, he'll sell him for a fistful of gold" is referring to one of two events in the Bible: 1) The betrayal of Jesus by Judas for 30 pieces of silver; being a disciple of Jesus, Judas would have been like a 'brother' to Him. 2) Joseph's brothers selling him into slavery for 20 pieces of silver.

'Joseph Being Sold by his Brothers' by Friedrich Overbeck (1789 - 1869). Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, but rose to become the second most powerful man in Egypt next to Pharaoh. During the famine that followed he brought his family down to Egypt, setting the stage for their slavery and ultimately their Exodus.

"He needs to slave for his vision of the Promised Land" is a lyric loaded with biblical vocabulary. In the following passage, Joseph envisions the Promised Land:

The request, "Take me anyway your wind blows", finds meaning in John 3: 8.

The Greek for Spirit is the same as that for wind. By capitalizing on the double meaning of this expression, Jesus reasons that if the direction and destiny of the wind is mysterious, then the mission of the Holy Spirit is even more so in the lives of believers. Jesus has power over the laws of nature:

The title of a Leslie Bricusse / Anthony Newley musical ('Stop the World - I Want to Get Off') provides the song's finale.

What The World Is Waiting For cassette.


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