What does World on Fire mean?

Sarah McLachlan: World on Fire Meaning

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Song Released: 2004


World on Fire Lyrics

Hearts are worn in these dark ages
You're not alone in this story's pages
Night has fallen amongst the living and the dying
And I try to hold it in, yeah I try to hold it in

The world's on fire and
It's more than I can handle
I'll...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    Aug 1st 2007 !⃝

    It's about how horrible the world is and how selfish privileged people can be. She's saying people need our help and that should be our priority.

  2. anonymous
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    Jan 12th 2023 !⃝

    That she can't handle how greedy society has become. How we bitch about what we don't have, while there are millions out there with absolutely nothing. We should be grateful and thank God daily for the things we have.

  3. anonymous
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    Oct 4th 2017 !⃝

    People waste a lot of money every year in things that they dont even need when theres a lot of people that would want at least one dollar to have something to buy and eat for their whole family, they are alive but dead at the same time they are like zombies just living until they find a cure to their hunger and sickeness. Thats whay in the song of “world on fire” says “Hearts are worn in these dark ages. You're not alone in this story's pages
    The light has fallen amongst the living and the dying.”

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 4th 2017 !⃝

    People waste a lot of money every year in things that they dont even need when theres a lot of people that would want at least one dollar to have something to buy and eat for their whole family, they are alive but dead at the same time they are like zombies just living until they find a cure to their hunger and sickeness. Thats whay in the song of “world on fire” says “Hearts are worn in these dark ages. You're not alone in this story's pages
    The light has fallen amongst the living and the dying.”

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 5th 2012 !⃝

    She really has to poop but there's someone in the bathroom, so she has no choice but to go in her pants. "And I try to hold it in, yeah I try to hold it in" literally means that she tried to hold the poop in, but then gets the feeling of "fire" when it comes out in her pants. Such visceral despair. I love this song!


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