Standing On The Corner Of The Third World (5:30)

Cover of The Seeds of Love

From The Seeds of Love and 7 other releases

Roland on the song:
Let me explain this. It’s another example of what I was saying earlier -the thing about womb-like containment, the oceanic realm of the imagination and picking up things in a subconscious manner. There’s a line that goes -“Man, I never slept so hard, I never dreamt so well/Dreaming I was safe in life/Like mussels in a shell.”

The vibe is one of containment and safety and peace and solitude. “Rolling and controlling all the basements and the backroads of our lives”, is a reference to how you get rid of all the shit and the dirt of life -it’s swept under the carpet, or, at the very least, out of sight.

I think music is still cathartic for me. Certainly it’s got me from A to B. It’s been a friend. But what I’ve done in this case is use the Third World as a symbol for everybody’s dumping ground. It’s a place that’s barren, without life and full of abuse and exploitation. The line, “Standing on the corner of the Third World” brings to me this feeling of containment, yet, just in the background you’re slightly reminded that there’s this massive grey and barren area that needs attention.

The fretless bass in this song is played by Pino Palladino.


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  • FlowerDownland

    love the post rock-ish touch this one has. really great song.

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • VBoy

    The sax breakdown with the female vocals is just lush.

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Rinetzko

    Fretless bass FTEW, thanx Pino Palladino.

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Rinetzko

    It hits me every single listen. 'Hold me, I'm cryin'. Hold me, I'm dyin'.' Man...

    30 May 2011 Reply
  • CarolineAz

    I'm literally standing on the corner of the third world... o_O

    28 Aug 2009 Reply
  • fredenberg

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    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • kruetznaer

    forgotten masterpiece which can be compared with best TfF's singles

    3 Sep 2008 Reply
  • adelynneh

    This song is complex on so many levels.

    14 Mar 2007 Reply

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