I admit I’ve never much cared about the album version of Any Other World. It’s a serious song. I have always seen two levels in it. Connected to the spoken introduction (a family friend tells a story about losing an eye during the war) the song tells a global message, but at the same time the song tells an individual story about someone who is facing a new and difficult situation in his/her life.
However, I didn’t feel close to the song until I heard it live. It’s an amazing, powerful live song, one of his best songs to sing especially at medium-size or even large venues. It’s impressive and strong, I love it. I linked below videos from Dublin and Stockholm from the European Tour 2010. Feeling very nostalgic today.