May 25

A Traditional Love Song, “Welcome to My World” by Jim Reeves

Welcome to my world
Won’t you come on in?
Miracles, I guess
Still happen now and then

Step into my heart
Leave your cares behind
Welcome to my world
Built with you in mind

A Traditional Love Song, "Welcome to My World" by Jim Reeves 1
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Knock and the door will open
Seek and you will find
Ask and you’ll be given
The key to this world of mine

I’ll be waiting here

With my arms unfurled
Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world

Waiting just for you
Welcome to my world

About the Song

A composition of Ray Winkler and John Hathcock, “Welcome to My World” is originally a popular music standard. It is popularly recorded by various artists, but the most notable was Jim Reeves‘ version. While Winkler and Hathcock take most of the credits of the song, some sources note that it was Eddie McDuff who likely wrote the melody of the song.

Welcome to My World” is a traditional love song. Interestingly, the bridge was inspired from the account of St. Matthew specifically from  Matthew 7:7–8, which states, “Knock and the door will open; seek and you will find; ask and you’ll be given … ,” from the Sermon on the mount. (Wikipedia)

Jim Reeves and the Song

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The most well-known and notable version of “Welcome to My World” was recorded by country music artist Jim Reeves. Popularly known as Gentleman Jim, this Texan native was noted for his distinct soothing voice and prevalent Nashville Sound-style that evokes a melancholic feeling. His version of the song was included on his 1962 album A Touch of Velvet.

Reeves released “Welcome to My World” in May 1963 first in the UK and then in January 1964 in the US under the RCA Recording Label. To note, the song peaked at no. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Additionally, it gained a periodic airplay on pop radio stations. On the other hand, it placed no.2 spot on Billboard’Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.

Furthermore, it ranked no. 6 on the UK Singles chart in 1963. It also reached no. 60 on the list of the top 100 best-selling singles of 1963 in the U.K.

Unfortunately, “Welcome to My World” would become Reeves’ last major hit, as he died on July 31, 1964, from a plane crash that happened in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Listen to Jim Reeves version of “Welcome to My World” below:

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Eddie McDuff, Jim Reeves, Welcome to My World

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