It's Such a Small World

"It's Such a Small World"
Single by Rodney Crowell with Rosanne Cash
from the album Diamonds & Dirt
B-side "Crazy Baby"
Released January 1988
Format 7"
Genre Country
Length 3:21
Label Columbia Nashville
Writer(s) Rodney Crowell
Producer(s) Tony Brown, Rodney Crowell
Rodney Crowell chronology
"Looking for You"
"It's Such a Small World"
"I Couldn't Leave You If I Tried"
Rosanne Cash chronology
"Tennessee Flat Top Box"
"It's Such a Small World"
"If You Change Your Mind"

"It's Such a Small World" is a song written by American country music artist Rodney Crowell, and recorded by Crowell and Rosanne Cash as a duet. It was released in January 1988 as the lead-off single from Crowell's Diamonds & Dirt album, which charted five No. 1 hits in between 1988 and 1989.

The song tell the story of two former lovers (or former spouses) who meet by chance in New York City, after having not seen one another in many years. They begin to reminisce, and eventually end up spending the night together. As this is happening, however, they are both clear that it is only a one-night-fling (and a chance to share one more time what they once had together), and not a renewal of their affair.

Music video

The song was accompanied by a music video, directed by Edd Griles, which featured a few seconds of film taken on Cash and Crowell's actual honeymoon. The video follows the storyline of the song, except that after the man (played by Crowell) leaves the next morning, he changes his mind and returns to the woman (Cash).


The song debuted at number 68 on the chart dated January 23, 1988 and charted for 18 weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, reaching number 1 on the chart dated the week of April 30.

Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles[1] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Preceded by
"I'll Always Come Back"
by K. T. Oslin
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 30, 1988
Succeeded by
"Cry, Cry, Cry"
by Highway 101
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 7, 1988
Succeeded by
"I'm Gonna Get You"
by Eddy Raven

External links


  1. Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 93.
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