Everybody's Talkin'
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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Everybody's talkin' at me
I don't hear a word they're sayin'
Only the echoes of my mind
People stoppin', starin'
I can't see their faces
Only the shadows of their eyes

I'm goin' where the sun keeps shinin'
Through the pourin' rain
Goin' where the weather suits my clothes
Bankin' off of the Northeast winds
Sailin' on summer breeze
And skippin' over the ocean like a stone

Wah, wah
Wah

I'm going where the sun keeps shinin'
Through the pourin' rain
Goin' where the weather suits my clothes
Bankin' off of the Northeast winds
Sailin' on summer breeze
And skippin' over the ocean like a stone

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

I won't let you leave my love behind




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

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of the song describe the singer's feeling of detachment from the world around him. He's in his own head, lost in his own thoughts to the point where he can't even hear the people around him. Everyone is talking, but it's just noise in the background, and he's not really paying attention to any of it. The echoes of his own mind dominate his senses.


The second verse describes the singer's desire to escape from his current situation, and the harsh realities of life. He is seeking a place where he can experience some kind of peace and happiness, a place where he can align himself with the natural world. The lyrics express a powerful sense of wanderlust and longing for a simpler, more authentic existence. The singer is yearning for a place where he can be himself and find happiness.


The repetitive chorus, "I won't let you leave my love behind," seems to be an appeal to someone who is important to the singer, but it's unclear who that person is or what their relationship is to him. Overall, Harry Nilsson's lyrics paint a vivid picture of a world-weary and disconnected person who is searching for a sense of belonging and purpose.


Line by Line Meaning

Everybody's talkin' at me
People are talking to me all the time


I don't hear a word they're sayin'
I am not listening to them and not interested in what they're saying


Only the echoes of my mind
I am only hearing my own thoughts


People stoppin', starin'
People are looking at me with curiosity


I can't see their faces
I am not interested in seeing them or connecting with them


Only the shadows of their eyes
I can only vaguely see their eyes


I'm goin' where the sun keeps shinin'
I am traveling to a place with constant sunshine


Through the pourin' rain
Even when it rains, I'll still find sunshine


Goin' where the weather suits my clothes
I am going to a place where I can wear whatever I like


Bankin' off of the Northeast winds
I am using prevailing winds to help me travel


Sailin' on summer breeze
I am enjoying the freedom of sailing with the wind


And skippin' over the ocean like a stone
I am traveling swiftly and easily over the ocean


Wah, wah
Nonsense syllables used to express happiness


I won't let you leave my love behind
I am not letting go of my love for someone


No, I won't let you leave-wah
I will do anything to hold on to this love


I won't let you leave my love behind
Repeating the previous line with the same meaning




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: Fred Neil

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@abb1469

In 1970 at 25.. I moved to Jamaica… I figured, why wait until I was old to get to island in the sun. Then old was 65

I was by the beach and there was a small town up mountain … that had a movie theater.. mostly played American action movies. I saw that the next week Midnight Cowboy which I had seen was playing.
Whoever booked the movie probably thought it was a western as I am sure the locals had no clue what was going on

Great movie… fabulous song… for me over years best driving song ever

After Jamaica, went back to NYC.. was late fall and I had to move… never lived in a cold place again.

I'm goin' where the sun keeps shinin'
Through the pourin' rain
Goin' where the weather suits my clothes



@pisnell

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
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



All comments from YouTube:

@phillipalben7458

I first heard this song when I was 10 years old and my Dad was driving me to school. Now at 64, it still hits me and takes me back to that trip to school. My Dad has since passed, but this song helps ease the pain of his passing. Thanks Dad!!

@dapschatz

Some songs and movies are forever....

@atimtambaby

Papa Alben must have been one helluva man. You'll sing Everything's talkin' with your dad, Harry Nilsson and Fred Neil in a heavenly chorus when it's your time to transition from here to there...but no hurry...we have "time" here, we have forever there. Blessings, Phillip, I hope my voice turns from croaking now to heavenly after I croak (humor intended)

@cynthiadavis3749

Also 64! ❤

@vinol.

When after more than 50 years someone can still remember exactly when and who they were with when they heard a song for the first time, then surely that is the song of a lifetime. 🥰

@jaylansalahsalman

It's my Dad's favorite song as well. He recommended it to me when I was at a shitty job, told me to listen to it every time I felt down and it will immediately lift my spirits up.

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@wadegeduldt1106

This truly is a TIMELESS MASTERPIECE

@penboyasgod6103

I LOVE this song! I was so pissed that Raindrops Keep Falling Over My Head won the Oscar for Best Song in 1969. Harry Nilsson should have won that Oscar for this song!

@justinstilson8028

The people from the Oscars Then weren't exactly all Hip,they were mainly Uptights and had zero idea,as Many were still living in the 1950s. He had many great songs,the Beatles were his biggest fans,they Always All spoke Well of Harry. So that's far more telling than the Oscars!

@harrisfoster1066

well two great songs...I hear u

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