The World Is Stone

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"The World Is Stone"
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Single by Cyndi Lauper
from the album Tycoon
B-side "You Have to Learn to Live Alone"
Released June 18, 1992
Recorded 1992
Genre Pop
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Michel Berger, Luc Plamondon & Tim Rice
Producer(s) Cyndi Lauper
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
"Unconditional Love"
"The World Is Stone"
"Who Let In The Rain"

"The World Is Stone" is a single by American singer, Cyndi Lauper. This is the English version of the French song "Le Monde est stone" (1978), which was part of the Starmania musical and has been most notably associated with Fabienne Thibeault, Marie Carmen and Céline Dion.

The song was composed by Michel Berger. The original French lyrics were written by Luc Plamondon, and the song was adapted to English by Tim Rice. It is a ballad from the Tycoon soundtrack. On the single the B-side was a song entitled, "You Have to Learn to Live Alone", which was also featured on this soundtrack.

Although this single was not released in U.S., it was a hit in several countries (number 15 in UK) but especially in France where it climbed to number two, stayed for three months in the top five and totaled 31 weeks in the top 50.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "The World Is Stone" — 4:30
  2. "You Have to Learn to Live Alone" — 5:10
CD maxi
  1. "The World Is Stone" — 4:30
  2. "You Have to Learn to Live Alone" — 5:10
  3. "Time After Time" — 4:01


  • Writing – Michel Berger, Luc Plamondon, Tim Rice
  • Producing – Cyndi Lauper
  • Arrangement – Cyndi Lauper, Peter Wood
  • Mixing – Frank Filipetti
  • Recording – Guy Gray


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 106
Colombian Singles Chart 12
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 2
German Singles Chart 100
Irish IRMA Singles Chart[4] 16
Japan Oricon Hot 100 8
UK Singles Chart[5] 15
Country Certification Date Sales certified[6] Physical sales
France[7] Gold 1992 250,000 229,000


  1. ^ The World Is Stone (Liner notes). Cyndi Lauper. 1992. 
  2. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart in inquiry, received 3 March 2017". Retrieved 9 April 2017. 
  3. ^ ""The World Is Stone", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Irish Singles Chart, database". Irishcharts. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  5. ^ ""The World Is Stone", UK Singles Chart". Chartstats. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Certification for every country in the world". IFPI. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 23, 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "French certifications, database" (in French). Infodisc. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 

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