My World (Bee Gees song)

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"My World"
My World.jpg
Single by Bee Gees
B-side "On Time"
Released 14 January 1972
Format 7"
Recorded 13 October 1971
IBC Studios, London
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:20
Label Polydor, Philips (UK)
Atco (US/CA)
Songwriter(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"
"Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself"
"My World"
"Run to Me"
Audio sample

"My World" is a 1972 single released by the Bee Gees. It was originally released as a non-album single on 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. "My World" reached the Top 20 in both US and UK.[2]

Writing and recording[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".[3] By October 13, the band recorded "My World" along with unreleased tracks, "What Could Have Been Done" and "Goodbye Blue Sky"[4] 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".

"My World" also reached #15 in Cash Box in two weeks.[5]


Chart performance[edit]


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  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1972". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees - Tales of the Brothers. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 2015". Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cashbox Top 100". Cashbox. March 11, 1972. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Billboard: Hits of the World". Billboard: 47. July 15, 1972. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - Part 2" (PDF). Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Bee Gees - My World". Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Billboard Hits of the World". Billboard: 52. May 27, 1972. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Bee Gees - My World". Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Bee Gees - My World". Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "BEE GEES - UK CHART HISTORY". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Bee Gees - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Cashbox Top 100". Cashbox Archives. March 4, 1972. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  15. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 

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