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Riff:
xA|---7------------------------7--------------------5-3-2-0--|
xE|-8--7-8--5--7--3--2-------8--7-8--5--7-8-10-3-5-----------|
xC|--------------------2-------------------------------------|
xG|----------------------------------------------------------|

Intro: riff - Em A Em A

Verse:
Em                G
All around me are familiar faces 
D                 A
Worn out places – worn out faces 
Em                          G
Bright and early for their daily races 
D               A
Going nowhere – going nowhere 
Em                      G
Their tears are filling up their glasses 
D             A
No expression – no expression 
Em                     G
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow 
D           A
No tomorrow – no tomorrow 

Chorus:
Em                  A                      Em
And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad 
Em                      A                            Em
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had 
Em                 A                           Em
I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take 
Em                  A
When people run in circles it’s a very very 
Em             A
   Maaaaaad world 
Em             A
   Maaaaaad world 

Verse:
Em                        G
Children waiting for the day they feel good 
D               A
Happy birthday – happy birthday 
Em                        G
Made to feel the way that every child should 
D               A
 Sit and listen – sit and listen 
Em                       G
Went to school and I was very nervous 
D              A
No one knew me – no one knew me 
Em                     G
Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson 

D                     A
Look right through me – look right through me 

Chorus:
Em                  A                      Em
And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad 
Em                      A                             Em
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had 
Em                A                            Em
I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take 
Em                  A
When people run in circles it’s a very very 
Em             A
   Maaaaaad world 
Em                A
Enlarge your world 
Em       A
Mad world    
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30 Comments

  1. What beat for this song?

  2. +5 ami(a)

  3. The rest of it is good except the A at the end of each line sounds a bit too cheerful……I’m not anything near a pro…but maybe a more serious sounding chord could substitute it?

  4. I agree with Jack. I was making up chordd for a song and when i played it to my grandma she said it sounded familiar and then i realized I was playing exactly to the tune of mad world using Am C G D in that exact order.

  5. Lizziefitz410

    The key Gary Jules’ uses is a half step up (+1), I think this is written in the key of the original 80s version

  6. I’m new to ukulele terminology, what’s +1?

  7. I found that if you play the AM C G D version, a good picking pattern is 4+1 2 3 4+1 2 3 4+1 2 on each chord, I’m not sure about how fast to go, I’d just find a speed that you think sounds good

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