This sweary protest song finds Jarvis Cocker outlining his belief that the arrogant elite are running the world. Western political democracy, he says, is just a façade as the system favors the haves while the have nots continue to struggle.
The song was originally included as a hidden track on the Jarvis album, 30 minutes on from the end of "Quantum Theory."
"Running the World" plays during the closing credits of the 2006 dystopian action thriller movie Children of Men.
The track enjoyed a new burst of plays on streaming services in the wake of the December 2019 UK General Election in which the Conservative Party won a sizable majority. After being shared widely by those unhappy with the election result, a campaign was started to make it the UK Christmas #1 with sale proceeds being donated to Shelter.
Said Cocker: "What a lark! I'm so proud that people have chosen the song as a means of protest against the social, political and environmental situation we find ourselves in."
After the song entered the Christmas chart at #48, the organizers of the campaign refocused on topping the New Year listing instead.