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WOLD

WOLD is a remarkable comment by Harry on the state of humanity and takes up a number of themes that seem to run through his songs.

On the surface a simple song from the DJ to his ex-wife. But within the song are the themes of loneliness, lost opportunity, shattered dreams, broken relationships and growing old.

The Jock's ambition took over his life to the detriment of his family and those around him. Now eight years after walking out on his family he has drifted into a job with WOLD.

The problem is he realises that he cannot prevent getting old and fat and deep regret starts to set in and he begins to remember the past.

"What did you think when you heard me back on the radio, what did the kids say when they knew it was their long lost daddy-o."

On his way to WOLD the jock has been passed over for younger DJs before drifting home again to Boise.

Underneath it all he hankers not for the bright lights of the guest DJ but for his home and family and he begs his wife to take him back. There follows the two lines that I believe to be the most profound ever written by Harry.

"Sometimes I get this crazy feeling that I'll just take off in my car. But you can travel on 10,000 miles and still stay where you are."

Harry has realised like so many before and after that you can chase a dream but sometimes it may be back where you started from. This is a kind of "the other man's grass is always greener" ethos. Sometimes it doesn't matter how far you physically travel in an effort to change your life. It is within the individual to change it. In other words you cannot chase a dream.

In the end the sad jock realises that he has had his chance and is left to continue his lonely life and the charade that he is happy.

His pleading has failed, his chance of true happiness has gone - maybe for ever. WOLD is an immensely sad song

       Hello Honey, it's me
       What did you think when you heard me back on the radio?
       What did the kids say when they knew it was their long lost daddy-o?
       Remember how we listened to the radio
       And I said `That's the place to be'
       And how I got the job as an FM Jock the day you married me?
       It was two kids and I was was into AM rock
       But I just had to run around
       It's been eight years since I left you babe
       Let me tell you 'bout what's gone down

       CHORUS
       I am the morning DJ at W*O*L*D
       Playing all the hits for you wherever you may be
       The bright good-morning voice who's heard but never seen
       Feeling all of forty-five going on fifteen

       The drinking I did on my last big gig made my voice go low
       They said that they liked the young sound when they let me go
       So I drifted on down to Tulsa, Oklahoma to do me a late night talk show
       Now I've worked my way down home again here to Boise, Idaho
       That's how this business goes

       CHORUS

       I've been making extra money doing high school sock hops
       I'm a big time guest MC
       You should hear me talking to the little children
       And listen what they say to me
       Got a spot on the top of my head, just begging for a new toupee
       And a tire round my gut from sitting on my ------
       But it's never gonna go away

       Sometimes I get this crazy dream
       That I just take off in my car
       But you can travel on ten thousand miles and still stay where you are
       I've been thinking that I should stop this jocking
       And start that record store
       Maybe I could settle down if you'd take me back once more

       OK Honey, I see
       I guess he's better than me
       Sure, Old Girl, I understand
       You don't have to worry, I'm such a happy man
       
       Chorus	

       W*O*L*D, W*O*L*D, W*O*L, W*O*L, W*O*L*D*D*D

       I am the morning DJ on W*O*L*D
       Playing all the hits for you wherever you may be
       The bright good morning voice who's heard but never seen
       Feeling all of forty-five, going on fifteen
       I am the morning DJ on W*O*L*D

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