Make the World Go Away

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"Make the World Go Away"
Single by Ray Price
from the album Burning Memories
B-side"Night Life"
Released1963 (1963)
Songwriter(s)Hank Cochran
"Make the World Go Away"
Single by Eddy Arnold
from the album My World
B-side"The Easy Way"
ReleasedOctober 1965
RecordedJune 22, 1965 at RCA Victor Studio, 800 S. 17th Ave., Nashville, Tennessee
LabelRCA Victor
Songwriter(s)Hank Cochran
Producer(s)Chet Atkins
Eddy Arnold singles chronology
"I'm Letting You Go"
"Make the World Go Away"
"I Want to Go with You"

"Make the World Go Away'" is a country-popular music song composed by Hank Cochran. It has become a Top 40 popular success three times: for Timi Yuro (during 1963), for Eddy Arnold (1965), and for the brother-sister duo Donny and Marie Osmond (1975). The original version of the song was recorded by Ray Price during 1963. It has remained a country crooner standard ever since.


Hank Cochran wrote the song while he was on a date at a movie theater 1960 when the film inspired him. He left the theater quickly, and by the time he got home fifteen minutes later had composed "Make the World Go Away".

Ray Price recorded the song, and it scored No.2 on the Billboard country charts in 1963. The next year Eddy Arnold would make the song his signature hit, scoring No.1 on the country music charts and then in 1965 No.6 on the overall Billboard Hot 100 charts (his highest rated song ever).[3] Arnold would also record the song "I Want to Go with You".

Cochran was already a successful songwriter, having written two successes for Patsy Cline: "I Fall to Pieces" (with Harlan Howard) and "She's Got You". "Make the World Go Away" was recorded first by Ray Price and was one of Price's first songs to feature an orchestra and female chorus, a trend that continued with other songs like "Burning Memories" and "For the Good Times".

Price's album peaked at No.2 on the country charts and No.100 on the popular music charts.[1]


Many artists have covered this song over the years, here are a few examples:

During 1963, Timi Yuro released a soul music version of the song from her album of the same name. A moderate success, the single reached No.24 on the Billboard U.S. Top 40 popular music chart and as much as No. 11 on the Canadian charts.

At his last recording session in July 1964 Jim Reeves recorded a version of the song which became the opening track to his 1965 album The Jim Reeves Way.

"Make the World Go Away" was a greater success for Eddy Arnold during 1965, scoring No. 1 on the country music charts[2] and also scoring #1 on the adult contemporary charts. It reached No.6 on the popular music chart. "Make the World Go Away" was part of the so-called Nashville Sound, an early mixture of popular with country music, and it became one of the most popular recordings of 1960s country music. It is generally considered to be Arnold's best-known song. The musicians on the Arnold session were Grady Martin, Velma Smith (guitars), Henry Strzelecki (bass), Jerry Carrigan (drums), Floyd Cramer (piano), Bill Walker (vibes), Harvey Wolfe (cello), Pamela Goldsmith, Ruby Ann Story (violas), Brenton Banks, Solie Fott, Lillian Hunt, Martin Katham, Shelly Kurland (violins), and the Anita Kerr Singers (vocal chorus).

Harry James recorded a version on the 1966 album Harry James & His Western Friends (Dot DLP 3735 and DLP 25735) and again on the 1977 album Comin' From A Good Place (Sheffield Lab LAB 6).

Elvis Presley's 1970 version of "Make the World Go Away" was the closing track of his album Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)[1].

Dean Martin included his interpretation of the song on his 1970 album My Woman, My Woman, My Wife.

During 1975, Donny Osmond and Marie Osmond covered "Make the World Go Away", scoring hits in the UK and the United States. The song was recorded by the pair on the MGM album of the same title.

During 1978, country music singer Charly McClain covered "Make the World Go Away" for her second album, Let Me Be Your Baby. The single, with "Leanin' on the Bottle" on the B-side, reaching No.73 on the country charts.

Roger Whittaker covered the song for the 1987 album His Finest Collection.

In October 2004, Mickey Gilley's version of "Make the World Go Away" was featured on the fictional radio station K-Rose in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

During 2005, Martina McBride covered "Make the World Go Away" for her album Timeless.

Other popular singers who have covered the song include Engelbert Humperdinck, Jimmie Rogers and Tom Jones.

At the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards program, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley sang the song as a duet to honor Eddy Arnold for his long career in country music. "Make the World Go Away" is the song playing on the radio of the car in Underwood's 2008 music video for her single "Just a Dream".

In October 2012, Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson performed their version of this song on the Late Show with David Letterman, promoting the album Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran.

Jim Adkins of American rock band Jimmy Eat World covered the song on various dates of his first European solo tour. [3]

The Secret Sisters have been performing the song at some of their concerts since 2015.

Country singer Kelsea Ballerini performed the song on the Grand Ole Opry in 2016.

British band the Ruen Brothers covered the song on their 2018 Album All My Shades of Blue.

Foreign-language versions[edit]

In Italy there were two local versions: the first, with the title Resta solo come sei (Stay as just the way you are), with the Italian lyrics written by Leo Chiosso, was recorded in 1964 by Iva Zanicchi; the second, with the title Qualche cosa tra noi (Something between us), adapted and arranged by Maestro Giancarlo Chiaramello, was recorded in the late 1967 by the Japanese singer Yoko Kishi.

Use in television and film[edit]

The song appears twice in the 2015 British gangster film Legend (based on the story of London's Kray twins); once as a 'live' performance in cabaret by Welsh singer Duffy, portraying Timi Yuro, in a nightclub scene, and then again when the original Timi Yuro single version is played over the film's closing credits. Yuro was allegedly a favourite singer of Reggie Kray[4] and was often booked to perform at the Krays' nightclubs when she was touring Europe in the 1960s.

Chart positions[edit]

Ray Price version[edit]

Chart (1963) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 100

Timi Yuro version[edit]

Chart (1963) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 24
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 8

Eddy Arnold version[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 2
UK Singles Chart 8

Donny and Marie Osmond version[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 71
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 44
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 31
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 40
Canadian RPM Top Singles 33
UK Singles Chart 18
Irish Singles Chart 20

Charly McClain version[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 73


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 275.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 31.
  3. ^ "Hank Cochran Song Statistics". Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  4. ^ "'Legend' Director On The Krays' Taste In Music, Casting Duffy And Tom Hardy's Sinatra Secret". NME. Retrieved 17 February 2017.

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