Great Big White World
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|"Great Big White World"
|Song by Marilyn Manson
|September 14, 1998
|1997–1998 at the White Room, Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood, California and Conway Studios
|Alternative rock, space rock
|Twiggy Ramirez, Madonna Wayne Gacy, Zim Zum
|Michael Beinhorn, Marilyn Manson
"Great Big White World" is the first track on the 1998 release Mechanical Animals.
- "Great Big White World" — Appears on Mechanical Animals. (165.85 bpm)
- "Great Big White World" (Live) — Appears on The Last Tour on Earth.
- "Great Big White World" (Live) — Appears on Guns, God and Government World Tour DVD.
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?
- Marilyn Manson – vocals
- Twiggy Ramirez – acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar and bass
- Madonna Wayne Gacy – keyboards
- Ginger Fish – drums
- Zim Zum – lead guitar
- 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".