Big Big World (1998) – Emilia


I can see the first leaf falling
It’s all yellow and nice
It’s so very cold outside
Like the way I’m feeling inside

I’m a big big girl
In a big big world
It’s not a big big thing if you leave me
But I do do feel that
I do do will miss you much
Miss you much…

Lets just keep this a secret between you and I, shall we? But, I love this song! My eyes become watery every time I hear it. It reminds me of my daughter.
I know the lyrics won’t be catching the eyes of the Nobel prize selection committee anytime soon, but if there was a Nobel for a song which immediately makes a grown man a complete mess then I’d nominate it. Coincidentally, the Nobel is awarded in Sweden and this is where today’s artist Emilia Ryberg is from.

Big Big World was a big hit in Europe, but tanked in the US where it remained bottom of the Billboard 100. Ouch! But the song was given a Grammis award for “Song of the Year”. The Swedish music award Grammis not to be confused with the Grammy. It even hit No 17 spot in Australia! See, us Aussies can be a sentimental bunch. Big Big World was the premier single off Emilia’s debut album of the same name. The album went platinum in Norway and Sweden in just 11 days!

I prefer the simple audio recording over the official Video produced recording which strangely has a low volume output so I have presented a lyrics video of the song below.

According to wikipedia: Rydberg was discovered in 1996 by Lars Anderson, son of ABBA’s manager, Stig Anderson. She used the mononym of Emilia in the first years of her career, but more recently she has started to perform under the name of Emilia Mitiku, using her father’s surname. Rydberg’s father is the Ethiopian popular singer Tèshomè Mitiku. Her mother is Swedish. As a student she attended the Adolf Fredrik’s Music School in Stockholm.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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10 comments on “Big Big World (1998) – Emilia
  1. I’d give the words a Nobel myself!

    • Xappy XMAS over there. It’s still XMAS eve here.
      That’s high praise Bruce about the Nobel. Which lyrics in particular struck a chord with you? And don’t say, ‘I’m a big big girl’. Haha

  2. badfinger20 says:

    It will bring a tear…Its a catchy simple song…it shows you that simple primal songs can reach you and everything doesn’t need to be It’s Alright Ma to be effective. Nothing against It’s Alright Ma!

    • Exactly, I like the simplicity and innocence of it. It’s alright Ma, it’s only Christmas eve!
      I’d like to take this opportunity Max to wish you and your family a very merry XMAS. It’s been a real pleasure conversing throughout the year.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and yes…it’s been a pleasure getting to know you through the year…

      • Thanks buddy. You’re a good egg and know you your music which makes you extra special. Your family are lucky to have you. Cheers

      • badfinger20 says:

        Thank you Matt same with you…I’ve learned a lot from you this year…maybe together we can learn from each other more about music in the new year…and baseball!

  3. Tina Siuagan says:

    I know this song! It is beautiful not only because of its catchy tune, but also because of its lyrics. Too bad this song is, and Emilia, is underrated in some parts of the world. Has Emilia released newer songs these days?

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