Singalong! Wild World by Cat Stevens

I'm trying to remember when I first encountered this song, but I keep mixing it up with some other song performed by some other guy from around the same time who my teacher wanted me to put in the slideshow for my grade 7 graduation but I thought it was boring.  The only conclusion to this thoroughly uninteresting story is that this song is so ubiquitous that it was ever-present in all of our lives.

Whatever the reason, this song is great for if you want to imagine what it's like to be a parent watching their child go off to school for the first time, or say a sweet goodbye to some other loved one who is child-like in your eyes.  Those are pretty much the only two interpretations of this song.  You know, I don't know its origin, but I really hope Wild World is about an actual child and not a girlfriend who he thinks of as a child, because that's just unfortunate for both of them, and maybe that's why she had to leave!

Now I'm picturing a parody video where a totally successful, competent, powerful woman is sick of being treated like a child and is packing up to move back into her apartment that she already owned, and he's following her around, all soft and love sick, calling her a child and warning her about the big, bad, wild world.  She's just like, hey bro, I've already got "a lot of nice friends out there" AND "a lot of nice things to wear" AND don't worry, if something "turns bad out there", I'll just buy a new one with my sweet, worldly riches.


WILD WORLD
by Cat Stevens

Now that I've lost everything to you
You say you wanna start something new
And it's breakin' my heart you're leavin'
Baby, I'm grievin'
But if you wanna leave, take good care
I hope you have a lot of nice things to wear
But then a lot of nice things turn bad out there

[Chorus:]
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
It's hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
I'll always remember you like a child, girl

You know I've seen a lot of what the world can do
And it's breakin' my heart in two
Because I never wanna see you a sad girl
Don't be a bad girl
But if you wanna leave, take good care
I hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware

[Chorus]

Baby, I love you
But if you wanna leave, take good care
I hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware

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