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Just 4 chords - Am7, Em7, G7 and Dm7 and 'I know' repeated 26 times..

 

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Withers was inspired to write this song after watching the 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses. He explained, in reference to the characters played by Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon, "They were both alcoholics who were alternately weak and strong. It's like going back for seconds on rat poison. Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you. It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of."[3]

For the song's third verse, Withers had intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase "I know" 26 times, but then followed the advice of the other musicians to leave it that way: "I was this factory worker puttering around," Withers said. "So when they said to leave it like that, I left it."[4]

Withers, then thirty-one years old, was working at a factory making toilet seats for 747s at the time he wrote the song.[4] On the American Top 40 program of November 6, 1976, Casey Kasem reported that when the song went gold, the record company presented Withers with a golden toilet, marking the start of his new career.[citation needed] "Ain't No Sunshine" was the first of Withers' three gold records in the U.S.

 

I have to confess - I have more than 40 versions of the song, most of them are single track downloads. Is there among them a better performance than Bill Withers' original.? I don't know (repeat 26 times :)), I'm not sure.

Probably my favorite cover version is this one:

 

 

How about you?

 

 

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Jacqui Naylor - live version vs studio performance. I like Jacqui's pop/rock covers  in general.

 

 

 

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OTOH does this sweet, black kid know what he's singing about.? (but the guitar from the intro is surprisingly far behind my new and at the same time first ever 'desktop' Adam speakers and this is cool :))

 

 

 

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Longest list of covers I've ever seen on Spotify. Also lots on YouTube.

 

Ed Sheeran

John Mayer

Freddie King

Shawn James

Joe Cocker

Darryl Hall

Stevie Wonder (Bill Withers' Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame induction performance)

Nina Nesbitt

BMX (!)

Matt Andersen

The Neville Brothers

Ziggy Marley

Buddy Guy and Tracy Chapman

Melody Gardot

Jason Mraz w/ Khalil Fong

Bobby Bland

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

 

Never was a Bill Withers fan but there is creative energy in some of these performances.

 

On repetition in pop lyrics see: https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/31831-are-song-lyrics-more-repetitive-great-analysis/?tab=comments#comment-663382

 

Have a lovely day

(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
A lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day...
A lovely day

 

 

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1 hour ago, christopher3393 said:

Longest list of covers I've ever seen on Spotify. Also lots on YouTube.

 

Ed Sheeran

John Mayer

Freddie King

Shawn James

Joe Cocker

Darryl Hall

Stevie Wonder (Bill Withers' Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame induction performance)

Nina Nesbitt

BMX (!)

Matt Andersen

The Neville Brothers

Ziggy Marley

Buddy Guy and Tracy Chapman

Melody Gardot

Jason Mraz w/ Khalil Fong

Bobby Bland

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

 

Never was a Bill Withers fan but there is creative energy in some of these performances.

 

On repetition in pop lyrics see: https://audiophilestyle.com/forums/topic/31831-are-song-lyrics-more-repetitive-great-analysis/?tab=comments#comment-663382

 

Have a lovely day

(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
(a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day)
A lovely day a lovely day a lovely day a lovely day...
A lovely day

 

 

 

Allmusic shows 717 versions of 'Ain't No Sunshine' https://www.allmusic.com/search/songs/ain't+no+sunshine however AFAIK the most covered song of all time is 'Yesterday' by Lennon McCartney (such was my guess actually when I thought about it some time ago).

This thread is first of all an invitation to a discussion :)

Thanks for the BLS version, I didn't know it. BTW it isn't a sign of a horse fascination.? ;)

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