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Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvian: World Citizen (I Won’t Be Disappointed)

June 14, 2007

This performance by Ryuichi Sakamoto never ceases to blow me away. Watching Sakamoto in the amazing state that he’s in is inspiring. Trance-like. As if channelling from somewhere far away. Ryuichi Sakamoto has an incredible ear for arrangement and his touch at the keys is hypnotic.

The song was written by Sakamoto & Sylvian for Sakamoto’s Zero Landmine project. The lyrics, written and performed by David Sylvian are incredibly powerful, relevant and resonating:

World Citizen – I Won’t Be Disappointed

What happened here?
The butterfly has lost its wings
The air’s too thick to breathe
And there’s something in the drinking water.

The sun comes up
The sun comes up and you’re alone
Your sense of purpose come undone
The traffic tails back to the maze on 101

And the news from the sky
Is looking better for today
In every single way
But not for you

World citizen

World citizen

It’s not safe
All the yellow birds are sleeping
Cos the air’s not fit for breathing
It’s not safe

Why can’t we be
Without beginning, without end?
Why can’t we be?

World citizen

World citizen

And if I stop
And talk with you awhile
I’m overwhelmed by the scale
Of everything you feel
The lonely inner state emergency

I want to feel
Until my heart can take no more
And there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t give

I want to break
The indifference of the days
I want a conscience that will keep me wide awake

I won’t be disappointed
I won’t be disappointed
I won’t be.

I saw a face
It was a face I didn’t know
Her sadness told me everything about my own

Can’t let it be
When least expected there she is
Gone the time and space that separates us


And I’m not safe
I think I need a second skin
No, I’m not safe

World citizen

World citizen

I want to travel by night
Across the steppes and over seas
I want to understand the cost
Of everything that’s lost
I want to pronounce all their names correctly

World citizen

World citizen

I won’t be disappointed
I won’t be.

She doesn’t laugh
We’ve gone from comedy to commerce
And she doesn’t feel the ground she walks upon

I turn away
And I’m not sleeping well at night
And while I know this isn’t right
What can you do?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 23, 2007 9:50 am

    it’s amazing I heard it in the movie Babel.

  2. June 24, 2007 12:43 pm

    I’m always thrilled when they use David or Ryuichi’s music in a movie.

    Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Sally permalink
    February 29, 2008 1:23 am

    My god this song is incredible and yes incredibly relevant.

  4. Pino permalink
    May 29, 2009 1:44 pm

    Bella, dannatamente bella, vera e toccante…
    (beautiful, damny beautiful and so near to my soul…)

  5. May 12, 2010 1:01 am

    I’m in tears. Beautiful, masha’Allah.


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