Tripping (4:36)

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“Tripping” is a song by British pop singer Robbie Williams, it was the first single from his 2005 album ‘Intensive Care’. The single was backed with the track “Make Me Pure,” also from the same album, it was sent to radio stations around the world.

Williams himself calls the song “something like a mini gangster opera” and “kind of cabaret act reggae”. The rolling rhythm of the song owes a lot to the early work of The Clash. During the chorus Williams reaches an extremely high disco-like falsetto. Lyrically the song is a bit darker than previous songs. “First they ignore you, then laugh at you and hate you. Then they fight you, then you win” is a paraphrase from a quote commonly attributed to Mahatma Gandhi.

The song became a massive worldwide success for Williams, debuting inside the top ten in most countries around Europe, including number-two in the United Kingdom, spending six weeks inside the top ten. The single reached number-one in Argentina, Germany, the Netherlands Portugal, Italy, and Taiwan. In Switzerland and Australia the single was certified Gold. In Mexico, the song reached number-nine and became the eleventh most played track of the year.


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First they ignore you, then laugh at you and hate you
Then they fight you, then you win
When the truth dies, very bad things happen
They're being heartless again

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