"I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" as written by Bennie Benjamin, Eddie Durham, Sol Marcus, Eddie Seiler and Eddie Seiler....
I don't want to set the world on fire
I just want to start a flame in your heart

In my heart I have but one desire
And that one is you, no other will do

I've lost all ambition for worldly acclaim
I just want to be the one you love
And with your admission that you'd feel the same
I'll have reached the goal I'm dreaming of, believe me

I don't want to set the world on fire
I just want to start a flame in your heart

I don't want to set the world on fire, honey
I love you too much
I just want to start a great big flame down in your heart
You see, way down deep inside of me, darling
I have only one desire
And that one desire is you
And I know, baby, ain't nobody else gonna do

I've lost all ambition for worldly acclaim
I just want to be the one you love
And with your admission that you'd feel the same
I'll have reached the goal I'm dreaming of, believe me

I don't want to set the world on fire
I just want to start a flame in your heart


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"I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire" as written by Eddie Durham Bennie Benjamin

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    General Commentwin.
    schayzelden91on November 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThere are so many old songs that really are works of art. The lyrics to this one included. Too many scoff because they are old, but I don't know why. Half the stuff I listen to is much older than I am. There was a special magic to some of the songs back when.
    Quothon April 02, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI don't ever care to rise to power (I don’t want everyone around me)
    I would rather be with you an hour (I just want to be with you for the short time that I have)
    For the things that one can buy (I can buy anything I want)
    Are not worth a lover's sigh (But what I buy, is not worth anything compared to what your worth)


    I don't want to set the world on fire (I don’t need everyone to love me)
    I just want to start a flame in your heart (I just want you to love me) {metaphor}
    In my heart I have but one desire (I only want one thing)
    And that one is you, no other will do (

    I've lost all ambition for worldly acclaim (I stopped trying to get everyone to love me)
    I just want to be the one you love (But I still am trying to get you to love me)
    And with your admission that you feel the same (And if you love me also)
    I'll have reached the goal I'm dreaming of, believe me (my achievement toward which you love me, is fulfilled)
    I don't want to set the world on fire (I don’t need everyone to love me)
    I just want to start a flame in your heart (I just want you to love me) {metaphor}
    lilbeineron June 05, 2013   Link

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