I’m sure pretty much everyone knows the Disney classic, “It’s a small world”. I remember going to Disney World, or was it Disney Land,(I get them so confused) back in 10th grade and going on the Small World ride. You ride this boat through different robotic villages and people from different parts of the world where the song is played OVER and OVER and OVER….made me kind of feel sorry for the people who work that ride. I think I may have had to sneak some ear plugs to work there!

It never fails to amaze me just how much people all over can be so much alike. And I tend to forget that sometimes. Sometimes I feel like my thoughts are so completely mine alone and no one out there could possibly share all the same thoughts. Then I see where someone has written something or said something and it reminds me what a truly small world we DO live in. True that our world is so big and vast and we are made up of so many people, cultures, religions, races, ethnicities, etc. but when it comes down to basic things, we are so much more alike than we often realize.

Little sayings that we grow up thinking are unique to just OUR area, we later see are not so unique at all but widely attributed to other areas. Things we seemingly struggle with all alone are really what links us to so many others who feel the same way. Each little quirk we think separates us so far from anyone else might end up being not so unusual as we once thought. Our daily routines taking place in one country might match up exactly with someone else’s seemingly a world away. Each time I get a new glimpse of synchronicity at its best, I smile and think to myself, Wow…what a small world after all!

Since the chorus seems to be the only lyrics of the song that seem to repeat in my head, I looked up ALL the rest.

“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.”

Laughter, tears, hopes and fears….fundamental building blocks of each person and no matter WHERE you are in this world, each one of us experiences them all!

“There is just one moon, 
And one golden sun. 
And a smile means, 
Friendship to every one. 
Though the mountains divide, 
And the oceans are wide, 
It’s a small world after all.”

Wow…such beautiful lyrics! Why did it take me so long to learn them?  We have different landmarks in each place we live in, different buildings, different faces, different customs, vegetation, flowers,animals, on and on but the sun and the moon is the same for everyone. The same sun that I see every morning is the same sun that you see; the same moon I see every night is the same moon that you see. We may be divided by many mountains and oceans, but that’s something everyone everywhere ALL shares.

And a smile means friendship to every one” Obviously, there are language barriers around the world and we each say friend in a different way, but a smile is universal. : )

“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.”

The infamous chorus that you can’t help but memorize pretty quickly. I love what the lyrics copier put at the end of the song.

(Repeat ad nauseam until it’s permanently etched into your neural synapses.)

Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Maybe you are curious as how to say friend in some other languages?

All I knew before was “Amigo” which is Spanish AND Portuguese for friend….here are some others I have found!

Amico = Friend in Italian

Ami = Friend in French

Freund = Friend in German

Venn = Friend in Norwegian

Prieten = Friend in Romanian

I would have added some others but I don’t have the little symbols above the letters on my American keyboard and when it comes to Asian languages….I don’t know how to translate the shape symbols they have. So I guess for those languages, a smile is really all I would be able to use! : )

Oh well, I’ve also heard smiling helps with wrinkles so there’s always a reason to smile! I’m sure every woman likes the idea of helping wrinkles no matter where you live, so as I said before, it really is a small world after all!


  1. Oh my gosh, how funny!!! My oldest son was trying to sing this song this morning while we were shopping at Target!!! Unfortunately neither he or I know the words besides “It’s a small world” so that song got stuck in our heads, at least those lyrics and hmmm hmmm hmmm. Now I need to go on YouTube and listen to the song and learn the lyrics.

    I’ve only been to one Disney park in my whole life, in Paris last year with my kids. And it’s a small world definitely is my favorite ride. It’s a happy song with true, beautiful, simple lyrics. If everyone started to sing this song, the world would be such a more peaceful place…


    1. Proof of how small the world truly is, once again! That’s so funny how your son was trying to sing it in Target. Definitely a good song to be stuck in a kid’s head. What’s Euro Disney like? That’s what it’s called there, right?


      1. It used to be called EuroDisney when it first opened. Now it’s Disneyland Paris (sounds fancier, I guess). I haven’t been to any Disney park in the US yet, so I don’t know how different it is. It’s one of my 101 tasks in 1001 days to go to Disneyland, so I’m sure I’ll get to compare.

        It’s just funny that months after going to Disneyland Paris, my son started singing this song yesterday, just when you had it in your head too. Must have been a Disney inspiration day!


      2. Yea, how ironic! I didn’t know they changed the name…Interesting!
        It’d be cool to get to go to the Paris one someday….actually it’d be cool to just even go to Paris in general!


  2. Love this! . . . My daughter is learning Mandarin in school (yup, learning Mandarin in Kindergarten – how awesome is that?) . . . I’m going to ask her if she knows how to say friend 🙂


  3. “The song is played OVER and OVER and OVER….made me kind of feel sorry for the people who work that ride. I think I may have had to sneak some ear plugs to work there.”
    I couldn’t get the above line out of my mind or the thought of that song playing in my head … It must be a nightmare really. 🙂


  4. I can totally relate to your second paragraph especially. It’s amazing how similar we are and how much others can relate to us when we open up about ourselves. We think we are going through things alone, but often we are not, and that’s a comforting thing to realize.


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