(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World

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"(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World"
Single by Eric Goulden
from the album Wreckless Eric
B-side "Semaphore Signals"
Released 1977 (1977)[1]
Format 7-inch 45 rpm record
Genre Pub rock, punk rock[2]
Length 2:52
Label Stiff
Writer(s) Eric Goulden
Eric Goulden singles chronology
Whole Wide World
Reconnez Cherie

"(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World" is a song written by English rock and roll singer-songwriter Eric Goulden, better known as Wreckless Eric. Goulden wrote the song in May 1974,[3] and recorded it in 1977, whilst an original member of the Stiff Records label. Additional musicians on the record were Nick Lowe on guitar and bass, and Steve Goulding on drums.

The song was never a chart hit single for Goulden, though it subsequently became his most well-known recording. The only charted version of "Whole Wide World" was a cover by the Australian band Mental As Anything, who took it #53 on the Australian singles chart in 1995.


The song is a simple one for beginning guitar players to learn. Instead of the three chords of most pop songs, it contains only guitar chords E and A. The verses are in a steady 4/4 time with the only difference being a more spirited strum during the chorus[4] and a catchy single bar of 2/4 during its last line.

Sung by Eric Goulden[edit]

Covers by other artists[edit]

In films[edit]


Specific references:

  1. ^ Discography - singles, wrecklesseric.com, accessed 2008-08-13
  2. ^ a b Whole Wide World - Wreckless Eric Allmusic, accessed 2008-08-13
  3. ^ (I'd Go The) Whole Wide World lyrics and info, wrecklesseric.com, accessed 2007-12-02
  4. ^ Play guitar with Will Ferrell Rich Copley (critic for the Lexington Herald-Leader), Copious Notes, 2006-11-08
  5. ^ Wreckless Eric - Greatest Stiffs (import) track listing, Amazon.com, accessed 2007-12-03
  6. ^ Stranger than Fiction (soundtrack) track listing, Amazon.com, accessed 2007-12-03
  7. ^ Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World 4 England track listing, Amazon.com, accessed 2007-12-03
  8. ^ Wreckless Eric - Whole Wide World on YouTube haroldturkeypants, 2006-07-13
  9. ^ Whole Wide World - The Monkees on YouTube marrrthew, posted 2007-11-11
  10. ^ Whole Wide World, Split Single (CD/Vinyl 7"), August 1998-UK Discography, Laptop official website, accessed 2007-12-02
  11. ^ a b Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby Prep Album, Tour Roxana Hadadi, Harp Magazine, 2007-11-19
  12. ^ Stranger than Fiction - Whole Wide World on YouTube, Felipebarriga, 2007-02-20
  13. ^ Gemma Hayes - Whole Wide World video on YouTube dublin1996, YouTube, posted 2006-08-12
  14. ^ The Proclaimers - Life With You track listing, Amazon.com, accessed 2007-12-03
  15. ^ [1] bandcamp listing, accessed 2014-03-26

General references:

  • Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 611. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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