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It's A Small World ( After All )

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It's A Small World ( After All ) Lyrics

It's A Small World ( After All ) Song Lyrics

It's a world of laughter
A world of tears
It's a world of hopes
And a world of fears
There's so much that we share
That it's time we're aware
It's a small world after all

There is just one moon
And one golden sun
And a smile means
Friendship to ev'ryone
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide
It's a small world after all

It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small, small world


March, 12th 2024
Background and Context
"It's A Small World (After All)" was conceptualized for the 1964 New York World's Fair, origiinally as part of the "Children of the World" pavilion, sponsored by Pepsi-Cola for UNICEF. Walt Disney, inspired by a vision of global unity and peace, sought to create an attraction that showcased the diverse cultures of children around the world. The song, written by the Sherman Brothers, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, played a pivotal role in this attraction, aiming to convey a message of international harmony and understanding​​​​.

Main Message and Theme
At its heart, "It's A Small World (After All)" carries a potent meddage of global unity and peace. The lyrics emphasize our interconnectedness, despite geographical and cultural divides, and celebrate the diversity of the world's cultures. The song's catchy tune and simple, profound lyrics have made it a timeless anthem for peace and friendship, transcending language and cultural barriers to resonate with audiences worldwide​​.

The attraction, featuring dolls in traditional attire from various cultures, initially aimed to play the national anthems of each represented country. However, this resulted in a cacophony, leading to the decision to have a single, unifying song instead. The Sherman Brothers were tasked with creating this song, which needed to be simple enough to translate into multiple languages, reinforcing the fair's theme of "peace through understanding"​​​​.

Cultural Impact and Legacy
Since its debut, "It's A Small World (After All)" has been installed in five Disney Parks across three continents, making it a global phenomenon. Despite mixed opinions on its repetitive nature, the song's underlying message of tolerance, empathy, and kindness remains relevant. Written in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, it serves as a "child's prayer" for respect and love among all people​​.

The song's creators, the Sherman Brothers, did not receive continuous royalties for the song's play within the parks, as it was considered a work-for-hire. However, they do earn royalties when it's used outside of the parks, such as in TV shows or movies​​. Despite any controversies or criticisms regarding cultural stereotypes, the song's intention to promote unity and understanding continues to be celebrated.

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