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Jenny Biddle - Big Bad World

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Published on Feb 10, 2011

www.jennybiddle.com
Song available from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/lit...

When I was a young lass, one of my beautiful neighbours became my surrogate grandmother. I used to go over to her place to feed her chickens. We'd have tea and cookies (with about 4 sugars in my tea) and yarn the afternoon away. Sadly, in her final years she became quite senile, paranoid, and incredibly frightened of the world and its potential harm. She put up fences, walls and bars around her house, slowly closing herself in from the outside world, till she became a prisoner in her own home. She even had a security camera installed on her front veranda and I used to have to ring the doorbell and smile sweetly into the camera before she let me enter her home.

This li'l tune is partly inspired by her and the fear grew inside her till she became housebound... and lifeless.

The media instils fear inside us through the highlights that they select and convey to us. All the bad news. Yes it's a big bad world out there, bad things happen every day, people are horrible to each other, disasters occur, and there's great pain and suffering. But the frequency of bad events is amplified in our minds, because of how often the media reports on these extra-ordinary events. We become fearful, always weary, thinking the big bad world will encroach on us any moment (and yes it just may). And like my adopted grandmother, we lock ourselves inside to avoid the fear that comes with going outside. But what about all the beauty out there, the adventure that comes from venturing out of our comfort zone, taking risks? The more we lock ourselves inside, fearing what might happen, what could happen, the more we end up fearing what's outside and housebound and lifeless we become.

Australia's legal system too has created a paranoid society, where no one wants to take responsibility for their actions, anxious of every possible wrong that could occur, and instead, drag people through extensive rigmarole in order to save their own backs in the likelihood that something wrong will occur. I qualified as a primary school teacher and was overwhelmed by the bureaucracy in the schooling system. One small example was the red tape that a teacher must get through in order to take a class on an excursion. It's so complicated and tedious that teachers don't have time get an excursion happening to create such learning experiences for their students, and ultimately the students miss out...

It's a big bad world out there.
But it's also an exciting and beautiful world. Don't let fear stop you living your life.




BIG BAD WORLD

TV screens are nipping at your ears
Planting seeds and imagery, telling you what to fear
Cos it's just around your corner, it's just around your street
If you don't shut the gates they'll be nipping at your feet

So we put up walls, and we put up bars
The extra-ordinary ain't quite so far
Cos it's just around your corner, yeah it's just around your street
If you don't shut the gates they'll be nipping at your feet

But I know that I am skin and bones
And I know my time will come and go
But I don't believe this big bad world will follow you where you go
But if it's tapping at your door
Ask it to come back no more

Kids these days can't go outside to play
There's too many predators to shake up their day
So we lock ourselves inside while the criminals run free
We're imprisoned in our minds by what we think we see

But I know that I am skin and bones
And I know my time will come and go
But I don't believe this big bad world will follow you where you go
But if it's tapping at your door
Ask it to come back no more

It's a big bad world, a big bad world outside
Don't wanna be, you don't wanna be going outside

But I know that I am skin and bones
And I know my time will come and go
But I don't believe this big bad world will follow you where you go
But if it's tapping at your door...
If it's tapping at your door
Ask it to come back no more

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