Heartbreaking World  
    (Difford/Holland)  
      The saddest thing I've ever seen  
      Was a starving face on my TV screen 
      The desperate face that I saw  
      Had my disbelief hanging from my jaw 
      Our harvest could be shared around  
      Instead it's buried in the ground 

      The saddest thing I've ever seen  
      Was a football fan dying for his team 
      The toughest thing I have ever known  
      Was a soldier boy who never made it home 
      It's fiction live before our eyes  
      It leaves me cold and my heart cries 

      The greatest thing I've ever seen  
      Was a newborn child looking up at me 
      The greatest sound I've ever heard  
      Was a baby's cry in this wicked world 
      The innocence of that cry  
      Leaves me cold and my heart cries 

      It's a heartbreaking world if you want it to be 
      It's a heartbreaking world if you want it to be 
      It's a heartbreaking world if you want it to be 
      And you're the one that breaks it for me

      (c) 1985 Virgin Music Inc. (ASCAP)/Illegal Songs Inc. (BMI)


  • FROM THE ALBUM: Cosi Fan Tutti Frutti, it was released as the third single from that album.
  • COMPILATIONS: Classics.
  • A Difford/Holland composition, it features what may be Jools' most relaxed vocal ever.
  • A song very characteristic of the conscience-rock times in which it was written, the song features mentions of the Ethiopian famine and a riot at a European football match.
  • Proceeds from the single release were donated to charity, but it did not chart.