Continuing a tradition wherein the cover version of a song is more powerful than the original … or at least different enough that it stands on it’s own as a new work.

GARY JULES/MICHAEL ANDREWS – MAD WORLD

All around me are familiar faces
Worn-out places, worn-out faces
Bright and early for the daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
The tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head, I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it’s a very, very
Mad world
Mad world

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy birthday, happy birthday
And they feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher, tell me what’s my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it’s a very, very
Mad world
Mad world
Enlargen your world
Mad world

Just for comparison here’s the original Tears for Fears version:

I definitely think I like the cover version better, although I did dig Tears for Fears a lot back in the early-to-mid 1980s.