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World Party — Message In A Box
Album: Goodbye Jumbo
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Released: 1990
Length: 4:07
Plays (last 30 days): 1
And if you listen now
You might hear
A new sound coming in
As an old one disappears
See the world in just one grain of sand
You better take a closer look
Don't let it slip right thru your hand
Won't hou please hear the call
The world says
CHORUS
Put the message in the box
Put the box into the car
Drive the car around the world
Until you get heard
Now is the moment
Please understand
The road is wide open
To the heart of every man
A few simple words
So a mule could understand
He don't want tomorrow
If it's just crumbling into sand
Won't please hear the call
She says
CHORUS
Until you get heard
The World says
Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your love to me
Cos I'm waiting right here with my open arms
Give a little bit
Give a little bit of your soul to me
Cos I'm waiting to behold your many charms
Is that love in the air?
She says
CHORUS
Until you get heard
Until you get heard
Until you get heard
Until you get heard
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I like Message in a Box better than Message in a Bottle.  ; )
 Alastair wrote:
This is over 30 years old and still sounds really fresh. 
 
Makin' me feel old, are ya?  

This is a terrific song with a very relevant message for today.

Except in 2018, driving your internal combustion engine automobile around the world might not be perceived so well in a few quarters. 
This is over 30 years old and still sounds really fresh. 
more Karl Wallinger / World Party !!
 Proclivities wrote:

It's a person wearing a gas mask and elephant ears with tassels draped over them.  I saw someone dressed like that a few days ago coming out of an alchemist's shop.

 
Are you sure that wasn't Olivander's?  I think they're right next door to each other.
 lwilkinson wrote:
Elephant Man?  Halloween's here early?  Indian Shaman dancing around the fire? 

What the hell is that on the album cover?

Good song tho'.

 
It's a person wearing a gas mask and elephant ears with tassels draped over them.  I saw someone dressed like that a few days ago coming out of an alchemist's shop.
 scraig wrote:

His environmentalism was years ahead of his time.

 
Late 1980s?  1990s?  The environmental movement has been in full swing for a couple of decades or so.  By this time, the Germans Greens are starting to change Germany in significant ways.  Promoting policy that would be adopted to one degree or other by most rich western countries.  

That aside, this is sweet.   
 freddyb wrote:
A wonderful artist. So glad he recovered after his brain aneurysm. Saw him in concert in a double bill with Steely Dan. Outstanding.

 
......... lucky you :))
A wonderful artist. So glad he recovered after his brain aneurysm. Saw him in concert in a double bill with Steely Dan. Outstanding.
 ckcotton wrote:

Definitely stands up all these years later.... Bang is also a great album as well
 
His environmentalism was years ahead of his time.
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
I remember Q Magazine gave this album coveted five-star review. Still stands up today.
 
Definitely stands up all these years later.... Bang is also a great album as well
I remember Q Magazine gave this album coveted five-star review. Still stands up today.
Clunky lyrics
 As it is 22 years later!

ddog wrote:
21 years later still a good song!
 


21 years later still a good song!
I stop what I'm doing, turn it up, listen, and feel good. What more could you want from a song?
It's the first of October. The trees are doing their slip-change trick from green to red. The air is heavy with the smell of fires, damp maple leaves, and apple cider. Temps in the upper 80's, no wind, no clouds. It's perfect for this song.  Thanks, RP! {#Sunny}
Elephant Man?  Halloween's here early?  Indian Shaman dancing around the fire? 

What the hell is that on the album cover?

Good song tho'.
Bravo for playing World Party and "Goodbye to Jumbo" - now if you could play some of the other songs especially "God on my Side" that would be great! {#Dance}
Leave it to RP to play World Party! I used to love this album and listen to it every day. "I Need Your God on My Side" is a great tune from this album.
One more reason why I loathe circuses. I sorta love World Party, though - this song makes me tap my feet and wanna dance.{#Dancingbanana}
ThePoose wrote:

Never foget when the world said goodbye to Jumbo in reality. It was in Saint Thomas, Ontario (Canada—for all you Americans who don't know anything beyond your own border), and the year was 1885 when Jumbo, a huge bush elephant from Sudan who was owned by P. T. Barnum and shown in his circus, was crushed by a locomotive.

Stupid (North, but not too far North) Americans all not knowing anything. I don't know why Canada doesn't just put us out of our misery. I will never fo(r)get, sir.

 jeffcourtney wrote:
For many years I thought this was Jeff Lynne and ELO working under another name.

 
 
I can hear that, especially in the chorus. I also hear a bit of the Gin Blossoms, oddly enough.  


 honu wrote:
This album is fantastic.  Coming out at the end of the 80's, it was a nice breath of fresh air....real instruments and superior and solid song writing with a bent towards heartfelt spiritual thoughts.  Great stuff. 
 
{#Yes}

For many years I thought this was Jeff Lynne and ELO working under another name.
This is probably why so many listeners think this sounds like The Traveling Wilburys whom Jeff Lynne was largely responsible for producing. At any rate, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and Lynne himself is very derivative. So turn about is fair play. 
This album is in the "no desire to ever get it out again, as far as I can reasonably predict" file.  Sounded a LOT better to me back then
 Limpopoking wrote:

It's got quite a Travelling Willbury's sound to it... or maybe vice versa {#Ask}


 

Travelling Willbury's??  yech...never liked 'em.  This song may have that kind of folky rock quality but the other songs on the album were alot more progressive sounding in my opinion.
This album is fantastic.  Coming out at the end of the 80's, it was a nice breath of fresh air....real instruments and superior and solid song writing with a bent towards heartfelt spiritual thoughts.  Great stuff. 
Quoting William Blake in a song, now how cool is that! Lots of wisdom between the lines in this groovy tune....!

It's got quite a Travelling Willbury's sound to it... or maybe vice versa {#Ask}


boy this is really REALLY BAD
Karl is great.  Hope he's doing well.  Heard he had some health probs in the 90's. 

Never forget when the world said goodbye to Jumbo in reality. It was in Saint Thomas, Ontario (Canada—for all you Americans who don't know anything beyond your own border), and the year was 1885 when Jumbo, a huge bush elephant from Sudan who was owned by P. T. Barnum and shown in his circus, was crushed by a locomotive.




 smackiepipe wrote:

Dang, usually when I mention World Party to someone in the real world, they've never heard of them (him).

And this is the second WP song I've heard today! Too Cool! Goodbye Jumbo's one of favorite discs.


 
Agreed! Goodbye Jumbo is (was) excellent.  When I listen to it now I only hear what it was to me, I can't hear it w/o that filter, so I assume it's still good to the first time listener.


Simply a good song
NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:
That chord progression reminds of something from David Bowie, what is it?
My wife caught a Bowie vibe, too. She sez it reminds her of "Sound and Vision."
That chord progression reminds of something from David Bowie, what is it?
I could never decide if I liked this or not. Hooky, layered, witty lyrics, but... :neutral:
Good stuff!--- Traveling Willbury-ish
The intro strikes me as very Jackson Browne-ish. Maybe noticed that because Bill has been playing a goodly dose of JB of late.
Dang, usually when I mention World Party to someone in the real world, they've never heard of them (him). And this is the second WP song I've heard today! Too Cool! Goodbye Jumbo's one of favorite discs.
Great choon, great band, quality album
eric wrote:
Arghhhh! This song sucks donkey dick.
Donkey Dick in a Box?
Fun rocks!
Please somebody upload Ship Of Fools!
W w w what's up with this playlist?
Second World Party song today. That's okay with me, esp this song. Good message!
A song of hope that puts a smile on my dial every time! :dancingbanana:
One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite albums. I saw World Party at the Wiltern Theater in LA years ago, and it was a great, fun show. I love this album!
Good stuff!
Yamson wrote:
Kind of reminds me of a TMBG lyric.
Not nearly goofy enough for TMBG lyrics. :daisy: Seriously, I wish this one hadn't been so overplayed on the radio. Otherwise I might actually enjoy this.
Simply beautiful.
good vibrations! :clap:
I love this guy. Every time I turn someone on to his music they stick with it....thanks Karl!!!
Love World Party!!!! :dancingbanana_2:
dadofsammy wrote:
I really like the melody and the arrangement on this...but "put the message in the box, put the box into the car, drive the car around the world"?!?!?! I mean, what? gotta laugh, baby....
Kind of reminds me of a TMBG lyric.
pretty good from them but Ship Of Fools please!!! :pray:
One of the great underappreciated bands (though it was never much more than a front for Karl). Always reminded me of a less sugary Jeff Lynn (ELO). Super stuff.
I really like the melody and the arrangement on this...but "put the message in the box, put the box into the car, drive the car around the world"?!?!?! I mean, what? gotta laugh, baby....
JCJ wrote:
What am i a clown? Do i amuse you?
"All your best one-liners, borrowed from a film" - Neil Finn ;-)
Yeah, Allright!
Nice tasty jam! 7/10 on spec alone.
I always liked this chorus - feelgood music - a great example of a really well written pop song.
I love this song and this disc. Kurt Wallinger is fantastic. He can rock or slow it down, either way, his stuff is great.
Outstanding song.
Almost missed it! Thank you so much for running this track, I see I had not rated it yet... A 9! Good stuff! KUTGW!
philarktos wrote:
All right !!! First time I've heard any "World Party" on RP, (although somebody or other was reminding me of Karl Wallinger the other day)
This is an excellent CD.
Wow! This is such a nice song!!! :jump: :roflol: :jump: :roflol:
All right !!! First time I\'ve heard any \"World Party\" on RP, (although somebody or other was reminding me of Karl Wallinger the other day)
Yay! This is one of my favorite perky songs ever. :bounce:
Originally Posted by mperry: Hey Eric, let's keep the discourse here just a bit above that of the Yahoo! message boards, 'kay? It is a great song, btw :p :cool:
Pardon! What I meant to say was Egad! This song fellates equine phallus! :) What I meant to say was Egad! This song fellates equine phallus! :)
Originally Posted by eric: Arghhhh! This song sucks donkey dick.
Hey Eric, let's keep the discourse here just a bit above that of the Yahoo! message boards, 'kay? It is a great song, btw :p :cool:
Arghhhh! This song sucks donkey dick.
sweet
Thanks Bill to remind me this song. What happy memories brings to me!! :clap: :) :cool:
I didn\'t catch the lyrics (another comment was negative about that) but something about this song perked up my ears right away (woof). I\'d like to hear it several more times.
Originally Posted by Blarg: Until you get heard. Methinks you've missed the message, or dropped it before you could tell everyone! :lol: You're funny! It's a very in-your-face song.
Well i still dont like it! Glad to hear you think i'm funny. What am i a clown? Do i amuse you?
Originally Posted by JCJ: put the message in a box. OK. check. put said box into the car. Now, here's the key - drive that car around the world(?) Hhmm. what a lame song. NEXT
Until you get heard. Methinks you've missed the message, or dropped it before you could tell everyone! :lol: You're funny! It's a very in-your-face song.
World Party was definitely a hit-or-miss proposition; this one is a miss. How about getting Way Down Now or Is It Like Today? As for the fellow who says this song is overplayed... overplayed where? This is the first time I ever heard this song anywhere except from my own CD player...
What a lame-ass song.
put the message in a box. OK. check. put said box into the car. Now, here's the key - drive that car around the world(?) Hhmm. what a lame song. NEXT
Need more World Party on the play list....