"(I'd Go The) Whole Wide World" is a song written by English rock and roll singer-songwriter Eric Goulden, better known as Wreckless Eric. Goulden wrote the song in May 1974,[3] and recorded it in 1977, whilst an original member of the Stiff Records label. Additional musicians on the record were Nick Lowe on guitar and bass, and Steve Goulding on drums.

The song was never a chart hit single for Goulden, though it subsequently became his most well-known recording. The only charted version of "Whole Wide World" was a cover by the Australian band Mental As Anything, who took it #53 on the Australian singles chart in 1995.


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The song is a simple one for beginning guitar players to learn. Instead of the three chords of most pop songs, it contains only guitar chords E and A. The verses are in a steady 4/4 time with the only difference being a more spirited strum during the chorus[4] and a catchy single bar of 2/4 during its last line.

Sung by Wreckless Eric[edit]Edit

Covers by other artists[edit]Edit

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