Great Big White World

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"Great Big White World"
Great Big White World cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Mechanical Animals
Released September 14, 1998
Recorded 1997–1998 at the White Room, Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood, California and Conway Studios
Genre Alternative rock, electronic rock
Length 5:01
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Twiggy Ramirez, Madonna Wayne Gacy, Zim Zum
Producer Michael Beinhorn, Marilyn Manson
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"Great Big White World" is the first track on the 1998 release Mechanical Animals.

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    In space the stars are no nearer
    They just glitter like a morgue
    And I dreamed I was a spaceman
    Burned like a moth in a flame
    And our world was so fucking gone
    
    But I'm not attached to your world
    Nothing heals and nothing grows
    
    Cause it's a great big white world
    And we are drained of our colors
    We used to love ourselves,
    We used to love one another
    All my stitches itch
    My prescription's low, I wish you
    Were queen
    Just for today
    In a world so white what else could I say?
    
    And hell was so cold
    All the vases are so broken
    And the roses tear our hands all open
    Mother Mary miscarry
    But we pray just like insects
    The world is so ugly now
    
    Cause it's a great big white world
    And we are drained of our colors
    We used to love ourselves,
    We used to love one another
    All my stitches itch
    My prescription's low, I wish you
    Were queen
    Just for today
    In a world so white what else could I say?

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  • Before the release of the album, a number of groups raised concerns about "Great Big White World" possibly being a racially-motivated reference until Manson himself cleared up the rumors by stating that it was about cocaine.
  • "Great Big White World" was rumored to be the actual name of the "Mechanical Animals" album before its name was released. Other rumors say that it was the official name, but changed at the last minute.
  • Despite never being released as a single, "Great Big White World", like "Irresponsible Hate Anthem", is a fan favorite that has been played on every single tour (and most set lists) since "Mechanical Animals" was released. It has been played more times live than most of the commercial singles (such as "Coma White" and "The Fight Song") considered to be "hits".