I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire

  • Number of parts: 4
  • Difficulty: Some Challenges
A gentle, old-fashioned tune with close harmonies in the same rhythm.


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The harmonies in this arrangement follow the same rhythm, & have the same words, as the tune, but there are a few clashy harmonies & lines that need a bit more attention, so I’ve categorised it as having Some Challenges.

Quite a few artists have sung & recorded this song (& it’s been used on a video game: Fallout) but it’s perhaps most often associated with the harmony group: The Ink Spots, who were popular for their gentle harmonies from 1934 – 1954. I first sang this song with Manchester-based women’s acapella group: Strange Company, in the 1980s & 90s. We spent happy hours listening to the Ink Spots & adapting the harmonies to suit our voices. I then adapted Strange Company’s harmonies in 2003 to teach on my workshops. For me, this song is truly a golden oldie!