Everybody’s Talkin’

January 18, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC | 2 Comments |

Songs in Our Heart # 70

Everybody’s Talkin’ (Harry Nilsson version) (written by Fred Neil; released July 1968, re-released 1969)

[A perfect accompaniment to one of The Varnished Culture‘s favourite films, Midnight Cowboy, this sublime, tastefully produced and performed cover by Nilsson is a perfect meld of mawkish optimism and detached sadness, in a callous cold world of noise.  “People stopping, staring, I can’t see their faces. Only the shadows of their eyes…”]

“Everybody’s talking at me
I don’t hear a word they’re saying
Only the echoes of my mind

People stopping, staring
I can’t see their faces
Only the shadows of their eyes…

I’m going where the sun keeps shining
Through the pouring rain
Going where the weather suits my clothes,

Banking off of the northeast winds
Sailing on a summer breeze
And skipping over the ocean like a stone”

 

2 Comments

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    Charles G. Pilgrim

    January 22, 2017

    Great song, spectacular voice connected to a very underrated artist... incredible writer... funny though? He had bigger & better success with songs written by other writers and other artists took songs he wrote and had better success than he did with them? Example: ONE ( Is the loneliest number...): NILSSON WROTE AND SANG IT AND HAD MODEST Success BUT THREE DOG NIGHT TOOK IT TO #1...

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    SallyOne

    January 23, 2017

    "Just drivin' round in Jo(h)n Voight's car - "


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