STORY BEHIND THE SONG ...

'Make The World Go Away'

Hank Cochran often gives credit to the Man Upstairs for the classic songs that have landed the Mississippi-born singer/songwriter in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In the case of "Make The World Go Away" - one of the most-recorded songs of all time - Hank's divine co-writer picked an unusual spot to offer inspiration: a darkened Nashville movie theater back in 1962.

"I took this girl to the movies," recalls Hank. "And somethin' was said in the movie that gave me the idea for 'Make The World Go Away.' I just hollered, 'Hot damn!' I grabbed her hand and said, 'Come on, let's go.' And she said, 'The movie ain't over!' And I said, 'The hell it ain't!'

"We left and I wrote the song in my head during the 15 minutes it took to drive from downtown Nashville to the apartment." At the apartment, Hank wrote it out and played it over and over on his guitar. "I couldn't wait to get into the office the next morning!"

When the office opened, Hank was the first one there.

"I was just jumpin' up and down," he laughs. "And one of the owners of the publishing company was there. I said, 'I wrote a damn great song!' And he said, 'Well, get the guitar and sing it to me.' So I sat there on his couch and sang it - and there was dead silence.

"Finally I said, 'Well?'

"He said, 'Well, I hate to say this, but I believe that's the worst song you ever wrote.' "

Not the response Hank wanted to hear.

"Part of my mind wanted to jump up on his desk and choke him," declares Hank. "And, with the rest of it, I'm thinkin', 'Well, he's just gone mad.' I said, 'The worst song I ever wrote! That will be one of the biggest songs in this catalog - if not the biggest!' He said, 'Well, you've proven me wrong before.' And I said, 'I'll do it again.' "

And Hank did.

Ray Price took the song to No. 2 in 1963, Timi Yuro had a pop hit with it the same year and Eddy Arnold had a monster hit - a country No. 1 and a pop Top 10 - with the song in 1965.

And Hank made sure to enjoy the song's incredible success.

"When the publisher who called it my 'worst song' came into the office, I made a point to be there before him - with the Billboard open to where he could see the song was No. 1."

-- David Scarlett and Larry Holden

"Make The World Go Away"
Written by Hank Cochran
Performed by Eddy Arnold

Make the world go away
Get it off my shoulders
Say the things you used to say
And make the world go away

Do you remember when you loved me
Before the world took me astray
Well if you do, then forgive me
And make the world go away

Make the world go away
Get it off my shoulders
Say the things you used to say
And make the world go away

I'm sorry if I hurt you
I'll make it up day by day
Just say you love me like you used to
And make the world go away

Make the world go away
Get it off my shoulders
Say the things you used to say
And make the world go away

Make The World Go Away
Copyright 1963 (Renewed) Sony/ATV Songs LLC.
All rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing,
8 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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