Mad World to Mad Web

Posted July 10th, 2008 by Mike Cherim

I’ve been trying to find the time for a post — and I have a couple of good ones in draft form — but nothing is ready to go. Then again, I have been trying to cut my hours to something resembling a normal person’s, so less time is being devoted to… well, everything. That is why this post is so strange in my opinion. It’s really out of the blue. Conception to completion happened in the blink of an eye. I rewrote the lyrics for Mad World, the Gary Jules/Michael Andrews version (originally it was written and performed by Tears for Fears). I gave the song an angle a web developer might appreciate. Here’s Mad Web:

Mad Web

On the web we see lots of tables
Gifs for spacers, no breaks for spaces
We want to change the access status
Speak no evil, speak no evil
Yes the chants are loud for standards
But no compliance, but no compliance
Horrid browsers wreck our web sites
So IE6 bites, and so IE6 bites

Oh, it could be so easy
Not at all that hard
If there was one version
Instead of all there is
But we keep on trying
Not much else to do
It’s a very, very
Mad Web (Mad Web)

On top of that there are other issues
No security, no security
Then the users we must consider
Help us Jacob, help us Jacob
Thanks to Jeffrey we got a good book
Gotta read it, gotta read it
Hey there Sir Tim tell us how we doin’
Is it improvin’ is it improvin’


You may grab these lyrics if you wish. I have also supplied the original lyrics. I could have added a few dozen verses in order to adequately cover the myriad topics of relevance I suppose, but I resisted the urge. After all, less time is being devoted to… well, everything. :)

8 Responses to: “Mad World to Mad Web”

  1. Blair Millen responds:
    Posted: July 10th, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Absolutely brilliant Mike! I love it… I even found myself singing along :-)

    Now all you need to do is sort out a celebrity-type-singer to record it for charity and donate the money to a suitable accessibility/web-related cause.

  2. Joe Dolson responds:
    Posted: July 10th, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I think I’ll have to find a recording of the song before I can truly appreciate this…alternate lyrics just don’t have much impact if you don’t know the source! :(

  3. Deborah responds:
    Posted: July 10th, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Great Mike! Loved it.
    Maybe you can convince Marcus Lillington at Boagworld to record with a video?

  4. Fouad Masoud responds:
    Posted: July 15th, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Amazing. i would love to hear someone really sing it.

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