Collective Soul – The World I Know
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Has our conscience shown?
Has the sweet breeze blown?
Has all kindness gone?
Hope still lingers on.
I drink myself of newfound pity
Sitting alone in New York City
And I don’t know why.
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Are we listening?
Hymns of offering.
Have we eyes to see?
Love is gathering.
All the words that I’ve been reading
Have now started the act of bleeding
So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world below.
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down.
‘Cause it’s the world I know.
It’s the world I know.
About Collective Soul:
Collective Soul is an American rock band originally from Stockbridge, Georgia. Now based in Atlanta, the group consists of vocalist Ed Roland, rhythm guitarist Dean Roland, bassist Will Turpin and lead guitarist Joel Kosche. Drummer Johnny Rabb is a touring member of the band. The band broke into mainstream popularity with their first hit single, “Shine.” They have recorded seven Number One rock hits.
Before forming Collective Soul, singer Ed Roland studied music composition and guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Since the mid-1980s Roland was involved in Atlanta’s underground music scene making demos and performing. He also worked at Real 2 Reel Studios in Stockbridge, which was owned by bassist Will Turpin’s father. Roland’s duties were producing, mixing and engineering for local Atlanta artists. He recorded his demos and released an independent solo album Ed-E Roland in 1991.
Roland recruited keyboard player and backing vocalist Christopher Dykes, drummer Tony Caporale, and bassist Skip Godwin to play live in clubs and showcase for A/R personnel from various record companies. At this time the group was simply known as “Ed-E”. They played several local shows, played a part in a CBS “Movie Of The Week”, and were guests on the local Atlanta television program “Music Peachtree Style” where local Atlanta based artists were interviewed and profiled. That initial version of the “Ed-E” band dissolved in the mid to late ’80’s due to musical tastes among other differences. Roland subsequently formed Marching Two-Step which included original Collective Soul drummer Shane Evans, Michele Rhea Caplinger, and Matt Serletic.
Marching Two-Step were a local gigging band for a few years, but never managed to grow beyond the club scene. Roland’s early attempts to be signed to a recording contract by a label faced rejections. Caplinger would become a music industry publicist and was later appointed executive director of the Atlanta Chapter of the Recording Academy in 2000. Matt Serletic would go on to become a Grammy winning producer for Collective Soul, Matchbox Twenty, Blessid Union of Souls and Edwin McCain, and obtained executive positions with record companies.
“The World I Know” is a song by the American alternative rock band Collective Soul, originally released on their 1995 eponymous album. Written by lead singer and guitarist Ed Roland and guitarist Ross Childress, “The World I Know” peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart when released as a single, and spent four weeks at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Their album Blender offered three more radio heavy smash hits with “Why, Part 2,” “Vent” and “Perfect Day,” a duet with Sir Elton John. On September 18, 2001, Collective Soul released their greatest hits compilation Seven Year Itch: Greatest Hits, 1994-2001 including the song: “Forgiveness” Originally from their album: “Disciplined Breakdown”.