World Goes Round - Big House

World Goes Round – Big House

 

Artist Name:  World Goes Round

 

Song Title:  Big House

 

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A bunch of ridiculously hedonistic people live it up in a big mansion high on a hill, while down below the world is burning and choking on filthy polluted air. Nero is fiddling while Rome burns. These hedonists, in their ‘Big House’, are carefree while the rest of the world suffers.

 

After visiting the Amazon in Peru, Brazil and Venezuela, vocalist Frank Musker had seen first-hand the damage caused to the Amazon by the greed of the West. Hence the line ‘In the time it takes to sing this song, another thousand acres will be gone.’

 

At the time ‘Big House’ was written in the 1980s, it was a couple years before the Berlin Wall came down and the concerns of refugees fleeing from behind the Iron Curtain is also voiced in the song: ‘Well there’s a man in East Berlin, all he wants is a ticket on a westbound train.’

 

It is poignant that a song written three decades ago sheds light on precisely the same issues we face today – the refugee problem has only got worse, as has the vast destruction of the Amazon.

 

​In fact, ‘Big House’ feels even more relevant now than it did then, because of the likes of Extinction Rebellion, David Attenborough, Greta Thunberg etc. Only now are people really starting to take note as these issues are in the mainstream of public and political debate.

 

The song was written as a wake up call thirty years ago. It’s time to wake up now.

 

More!

It’s 1989 in Los Angeles – four friends create an album which will only be heard for the first time THIS APRIL 2020.

 

‘Big House’ is the first release from the long-anticipated album by World Goes Round

 

About thirty years ago record producer Tommy Vicari (Taste of Honey, Billy Idol, Prince) recorded and produced an album with Frank Musker, Elizabeth Lamers, Jeff Hull and Marty Walsh – four good friends who were hot songwriters, singers, and musicians working at that time in the LA music scene of 1989. They called themselves ‘World Goes Round.’

 

Between them they had either written for, sung with or played on records by a string of major artists and producers like Linda Ronstadt, Queen, Chaka Khan, Brenda Russell, Jeffrey Osborne, John Denver, Supertramp, John Fogerty, Quincy Jones, Arif Mardin, Air Supply – the list is too long to quote in full.

 

Lyrics:

What kind of damn do you give?

Do you know how the other three quarters live?

You say that you do but you don’t have a clue

 

Sing – oh weh oh weh oh weh oh,

 

Oh weh oh weh oh

 

You can see it on the streets in your neighborhood

What you mean? We never had it so good

 

Living in a big house – up on the hill

We’re all living it up while somebody else – pays the bill

Well it’s a sweet life – as long as it lasts

Living in a big world – but it’s shrinking fast

Living in a big house

Living in a big big house up on the hill  (let me in)

 

Well there’s a man in East Berlin

All he wants is a ticket on a westbound train (ya see)

It’s not the same everywhere but I guess you don’t care

 

So we do the dance – take it for granted

You tell the truth – they don’t understand it

 

In the time it takes to sing this song

Another thousand acres – will be gone

 

Living in a big house – up on the hill

We’re all living it up while somebody else – pays the bill

Well it’s a sweet life – as long as it lasts

Living in a big world – but it’s shrinking fast

Living in a big house

Living in a big big house up on the hill

 

Real life… You can have it – you can keep it to yourself

You can feed it to the sharks – I don’t wanna know

We can only – help you if you don’t need help

Oh no no no – Sorry!

 

Living in a big house – up on the hill

We’re all living it up while somebody else – pays the bill

Well it’s a sweet life – as long as it lasts

Living in a big world – but it’s shrinking fast

Living in a big house

Living in a big big house up on the hill

 

Save me save me save me save me

 

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