Small World

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PROFILE
Composer Jule Styne
Lyricist Stephen Sondheim
Year Written 1959
About Small World
“Small World” is from the great 1959 musical Gypsy by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim. Based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, it tells the story of the mother, Rose, and her two daughters, June and Louise, and her obsession to make it in the vaudeville circuit. The role of Rose was written for Ethel Merman and is one of her finest and most complex roles. “Small World” is sung by Rose and Herbie, who has the misfortune to fall in love with Rose. Gypsy is arguably the best musical ever written and has been revived many times on Broadway.

Lyrics

Funny, you’re a stranger who’s come here
Come from another town
Funny, I’m a stranger myself here
Small world, isn’t it?

Funny, you’re a girl who likes traveling
Rather than settling down
Funny ’cause I’d love to go traveling
Small world, isn’t it?

We have so much in common
It’s a phenomenon
We could pool our resources
By joining forces from now on

Lucky, you’re a girl who likes children
That’s an important sign
Lucky, cause I’d love to have children
Small world, isn’t it?
Funny, isn’t it? small and funny and fine?

Session / Album Information

1962

“Small World” was recorded on August 28, 1962 and released in 2013 on the album Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962.

This recording released on:

  • 2013: Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions Live 1962 (88883718042)

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