Tears for Fears – “Shout!”

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“Shout” was released in 1984, by Tears for Fears on their album, “Songs From the Big Chair,” which started a revolution of a sort.  The song was fun,  the music was loud and had a great vibe and beat, and everyone was turning this song up, singing loudly to let the world know they were here, expressing themselves, strong and where the new generation of young people who would change the world!

Tears for Fears were followers of American psychologist Arthur Janov’s school of Primal Therapy. This song was inspired by his primal therapy treatment, which worked by getting people to confront their fears by shouting and screaming. The name of the group came from Janov’s book Prisoners of Pain.

This was written by Tears For Fears frontman Roland Orzabal and keyboard player Ian Stanley. In the liner notes to the single, Orzabal explained: “The song was written in my front room on just a small synthesizer and a drum machine. Initially, I only had the chorus, which was very repetitive, like a mantra. I played it to Ian Stanley, our keyboardist, and Chris Hughes, the producer. I saw it as a good album track, but they were convinced it would be a hit around the world.”

This was a huge international hit, especially in the US, where it peaked at #1 and #4 in the UK.

Songs From the Big Chair was named after the movie Sybil, in which a girl with 16 personalities retreats to a psychiatrist’s chair.

John Lennon went through Primal therapy in 1970. Many of the songs he wrote immediately afterward were inspired by his experience in therapy, including GodMother, and Working Class Hero.

 

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Song Facts –

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
Come on

In violent times
You shouldn’t have to sell your soul
In black and white
They really really ought to know
Those one track minds
That took you for a working boy
Kiss them goodbye
You shouldn’t have to jump for joy
You shouldn’t have to shout for joy

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
Come on

They gave you life
And in return you gave them hell
As cold as ice
I hope we live to tell the tale
I hope we live to tell the tale

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
Come on

And when you’ve taken down your guard
If I could change your mind
I’d really love to break your heart
I’d really love to break your heart

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
So come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
Come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you
So come on

Shout
Shout
Let it all out
These are the things I can do without
Come on
I’m talking to you

Writer/s: Ian Stanley, Roland Orzabal

 

One thought on “Tears for Fears – “Shout!”

  1. That takes me back to the 80s…Funny at the time I was a snob on music…if it had too many synths I didn’t listen…now I go back and realize…I went too far…like this one is a great song…and it reminds me of that time.