It's terrible. Diabolically awful.
You're the first in my life
To make me think
That we might just go all the way
And I want you to know we're all hanging on
There's worse to come:
They'll come and yes they'll try
To break us down
But we know that we'll never lose
If we keep moving forward and don't look back
Now, I thought the worst metaphor we were going to get was the title, but this is just taking the mickey now.
And then, to cap it all off, there's the chorus:
With the world at your feet
there's no-one you can beat
yes it can't be done
[Embrace, "World At Your Feet", the official England World Cup 2006 song.]
You probably expected it from the title (I mean, come on) but there is absolutely zero excuse for lyrics like that. Compare World in Motion…
Create the space
You know you can win
Don't give up the chase…
[New Order, "World In Motion", the official England World Cup 1990 song.]
Now, doesn't that just beat the crap out of the Embrace song?
OK, so it's not exactly Dylan, but actual anthems don't need to be. "World At Your Feet" is not anthemic; it's Coldplay-lite with louder guitars and without any of the lyrical talent. As an anthem, it is a failure; as a song, it is a disaster. The FA should be ashamed. Shoulda given it to the Kaiser Chiefs, shouldn't they?
Funnily enough, this is possibly the first time in ages that I've agreed with the majority of posts on a BBC Have Your Say thread. Guess the song really is that bad.