Everybody's Talkin'

Harry Nilsson

About Everybody's Talkin'

"Everybody's Talkin'" is a song written and recorded by singer-songwriter Fred Neil in 1966 and released by himself two years later. A version of the song performed by Harry Nilsson became a hit in 1969, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and winning a Grammy Award after it was featured in the film Midnight Cowboy. The song, which describes the singer's desire to retreat from other people to the ocean, is among the most famous works of both artists, and has been covered by many other notable performers. The song later appeared in the 1994 film Forrest Gump and is also on the film's soundtrack album. It also appeared in the comedy film Borat, on The Hangover Part III soundtrack, in the English television show Black Books, the action comedy film Crank, and in the Only Fools and Horses episode "The Jolly Boys' Outing". 


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1990
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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
Backing off of the Northeast wind
Sailing on summer breeze
And skipping over the ocean like a stone

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

Everybody's talking at me
Can't hear a word they're saying
Only the echoes of my mind

I won't let you leave my love behind
No, I won't let you leave
I won't let you leave my love behind
I won't let you leave

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Harry Nilsson

Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994) was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. On all but his earliest recordings he is credited as Nilsson. He is known for the hit singles "Everybody's Talkin'" (1969), "Without You" (1971), and "Coconut" (1972). Nilsson's career is also notable for the fact that he was one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success without ever performing major public concerts or undertaking regular tours. more »

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Written by: FRED NEIL

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10 facts about this song

Song Origins
"Everybody's Talkin'" is a song written by Fred Neil in 1966 and popularized by Harry Nilsson in 1969.
Album Discovery
The song first appeared on Neil's album "Fred Neil," sometimes also known as "Everybody's Talkin'" due to the song's popularity.
Not Fred Neil's Most Known Work
Despite being the writer, Fred Neil is not the most associated with the song. Many people don't even know he performed it originally.
Harry Nilsson's Version
Harry Nilsson recorded the song for his album "Aerial Ballet" in 1968.
Movie Soundtrack
"Everybody's Talkin'" gained massive popularity after being featured in the movie "Midnight Cowboy" in 1969. The song was not initially intended to be the theme of the movie. The original theme was "He Quit Me" by Warren Zevon, but was replaced upon director's decision.
Award Winner
Harry Nilsson's rendition of the song won a Grammy for "Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Male" in 1970.
Chart Performance
The song climbed the charts, reaching number 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1969.
Cultural Impact
It's been featured in several films, TV shows, and commercials since its original release, including Forrest Gump, The Hangover III, and the TV series This Is Us.
Various Covers
The song has been covered by numerous artists in diverse music genres, including country artist Willie Nelson, soul singer Isaac Hayes, and reggae musician Bunny Wailer.
Lasting Legacy
"Everybody's Talkin'" is considered one of the greatest pop songs of the '60s, and has been described as Nilsson's signature song, despite not being his original composition.

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