My World (Bee Gees song)

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"My World"
Single by Bee Gees
B-side "On Time"
Released 14 January 1972
Format 7"
Recorded October 13, 1971
IBC Studios, London, England
Genre Art rock
Length 4:20
Label Polydor, Atco (US/CA)
Writer(s) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself"
"My World"
"Run to Me"
Music sample

"My World" is a 1972 single released by the Bee Gees. It was originally released as a non-album single in 14 January 1972 worldwide.[1] but it was later included on the LP Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2 in 1973. The flip of the single entitled "On Time" is a rock number that was a Maurice Gibb composition.

Writing, recording and lyrics[edit]

"My World" was written in the backstage of ITV's The Golden Shot with some same musical ideas as "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart". Maurice said "Whether something is a soft ballad or an uptempo thing, we would record it if we thought it was going to make a good single".[2][page needed] By October 13, the band recorded "My World" the song has four verses as they repeated the chorus numerous times. This track kicks off with an unusually casual instrumental intro like their other unreleased track, "God's Good Grace". Barry Gibb explains "My World": "it's not from the album, followed along some of the same musical ideas as 'How Can You Mend a Broken Heart'".[3] As Robin Gibb states in the liner notes of Tales from the Brothers Gibb, "One rollicking little jaunt that me and the lads came up with in downtown Birmingham, England, whilst doing a television show called Golden Shot, the ensuing results being that it went on to be a huge top 20 hit in the UK and the US that left the three of us 'drooling' with pleasure."[3]

The song has a fantastic play of words in the refrain part: "My world is our world, and this world is your world, and your world is my world, and my world is your world is mine". It was the last single released by the band with Geoff Bridgford as well as the single cover as he left in March that year.


In the music video was the group in a recording studio, Barry Gibb was shown without his trademark beard, like he does on the group's later videos such as "Night Fever", the alternate music videos of "How Deep Is Your Love" and "Stayin' Alive" as well as the video of his 1984 solo single "Fine Line".


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