World of Lies

World of Lies

Written in the summer of 1983… I was looking for something to shore up the romantic end of my song portfolio, which, after the punk years, was looking a little threadbare.

But what came out was this song that laces cynicism with romanticism (me, I think the two go hand in hand — unlike love and cynicism, say) but manages, I like to think, to still suggest an honest, soul deep yearning. Or not.

It may seem strange, 22 years after its writing, that I’ve never gotten a proper, produced recording of this song onto tape or disk — but I have often included it in live sets. I keep thinking I’ll look up in the middle of performing it in some coffee house or dive and lock eyes with my next soul-mate, I guess.

This version gets the chords and words right but I’m still looking to the future to capture the song’s true essence. You should pardon the expression.


Meet me in the world of lies
let’s be hypnotized…

You know that love is just a foolish game
it always fades away
I know that you won’t stay
but at least you’re hear today

Meet me in the world of lies
let’s be hypnotized
Something in me goes wrong
every time a dream dies

I know that I’ll always be alone
and I know life’s just to die
I know a wise man gives up the world
but maybe I’m not that wise

Meet me in the world of lies
let’s be hypnotized
Don’t let this dream die
meet me in the world of lies

Summer 1983


3 thoughts on “World of Lies

  1. Lyon Dalton

    The World of Lies is haunting TK. I’m very impressed both with your instrumentality, lyrics and yes, singing.
    I appreciated the “hypnotic” musical repetition that mirrored the lyrics. Really excellent.

  2. Lyon Dalton

    Sommerset’s mom resonates with me. I was attracted to older women from the start. Precocious, a nerd, I was pretty much shunned by my peers. Adult vocabulary in my pre-teens. Had relationships with older women from the start. Dated same age peers in College and ended up marrying Ruth, 20 years my senior. We’ve been married going on 37 years. Your song captures this similar yearning of desire interrupted very well. Well done!

    1. TK Post author

      I was, of course, just making a silly pun, but I want to thank you for sharing that because it’s really just very sweet, very beautiful. — TK


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