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Everybody's Talking At Me Lyrics

Artist: Harry Nilsson


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
Thru' the pouring rain,
Going where the weather suits my clothes,
Backing off of the North East wind,
Sailing on summer breeze
And skipping over the ocean like a stone.

I'm going where the sun keeps shining
Thru' the pouring rain,
Going where the weather suits my clothes,
Backing off of the North East wind,
Sailing on summer breeze
And skipping over the ocean like a stone
Comments/Interpretations
by arspani@gmx.net on 5/26/2008 5:39am
Here you are.
by Gustavo on 7/11/2008 7:16pm
A beautiful song (Midinigth Cawboy- Jon Voigth and Dusti Hoffman-
by zeb on 7/20/2008 5:25pm
it a very very nice song i really really like it
by HELLY on 7/21/2008 1:35pm
i like it
by Ki KI on 7/29/2008 1:08am
Im in love with this song!!!!!
by Lombu007 on 8/12/2008 9:33am
wow song.i love it
by kay on 8/19/2008 10:18am
love this song, was thinking of it started singing and found I remember the words. wanted to find out, if I did yep and that is cool. Kay
by knobcreek48 on 8/29/2008 1:37pm
"going where the weather suits my clothes" is one of the best lines in a song ever!
by Ricket McRickets on 8/29/2008 7:12pm
Hey, I got Jon Voight's LeBaron! --George Costanza
by Tina.B on 8/30/2008 5:29am
This is a lush song. The Beautiful South did a cover version which done H Nielson credit . . .
by Jose Andres on 9/2/2008 12:08pm
Hehehe,, What a funny song and
it´s about, no things no person can
tight this man up. I love his free
dom.
by fleurette on 11/15/2008 2:36pm
this song always makes me smile no matter what's happening in my life. I wish ppl would make more songs like this one.
by Roger Allison on 11/18/2008 3:01pm
Didn't Brian Wilson write this song and Stephen Stills originally sing it?
by dodger smith on 12/23/2008 1:13am
it is a beautiful song but poor the cowboys, its extingt
by Craig on 1/16/2009 7:53am
Nilsson didn't write this. He covered it
by j. rodriguez on 1/25/2009 9:33pm
actually, it was originally written and recorded by folk singer fred neil. the version that most people are familiar with is this, the harry nilsson version. however, people frequently confuse his voice with stephen stills, especially when he's singing ballads. if you like this version you should check out fred neil's. i can't remember if it's on his album "bleecker & macdougal" or the self titled one.
by mark on 2/10/2009 4:34pm
good good by Engelbert Hemperdinck.
by scott on 3/4/2009 7:34pm
I thought this song ment that he is self conscious, everybodies talking at me, people stopping staring
by Steve on 3/20/2009 3:01am
I think it means he's someplace where the weather isn't appealing to him. He's thinking about someplace warm and wet.
by Pedro on 4/6/2009 7:28am
No, this is about a guy wanting to go back to a warm and easy living place that made more sense once.
by Dee W on 4/13/2009 3:28am
It is a special song to me cuz it was the 1st song I heard the Easter night my beloved Grandma died. I always remember this song and sing it to myself every Easter. Maybe the place he is singing about is where we all would like to go when we die.
by GOHAR USMAN on 4/20/2009 2:08am
BEAUTIFUL SONG...LIKE IT..
by Leo on 5/27/2009 11:17pm
Stephen Stills' is by far the most heart-wretching version ever.
by Andrew Freedman Palo Alto on 6/2/2009 12:21pm
Songs take us back to times in our lives and this particular one just inspired me as I listened to it a few minutes ago.
by JoseR on 6/29/2009 9:44pm
I love this song! I personally think he is talking about someone who is constantly stared at or talked about or maybe judged adversely by others but just don't pay no mind,he goes on living his life and 'goes where the weather (conditions)suits his clothes'. Certainly a song with a deep meaning.
by Arthur Covert Las Vegas on 7/6/2009 3:03pm
Please try to remember that this song was written by Fred Neil, a Greenwich Village folk singer/ sonwriter. It was covered by Harry Nillson and his version was used in the great movie Midnight Cowboy starring John Voight and Dustin Hoffman.
by ANDRE LUIZ CARDOSO SILVEIRA-BRAZIL on 7/16/2009 9:50pm
THIS SONG IS AN EPIC, AS IT TAKES ME TO GOOD OLD DAYS OF MY YOUTH.
COINCIDENTALLY IT LIKE FORETOLD MY DREAM COME THRU AS I MOVED FROM S. PAULO (SE)- COLD IN ALL SENSES - TO MARANHÃO (NE), WHICH I ALWAYS DREAMED OF, WHERE THE WEATHER IS WARM AND NICE.
by Steve Albert on 7/27/2009 9:44pm
Such a beautiful song - impossible not to sing along to in the car - or anywhere.

The only word in the whole song that was not perfect was the way he sings "rain" (through teh pouring "rain") - a little too nasally.
by T.and then H. on 8/2/2009 12:39am
only harry nielson could do this song the justice it deserved. If you need more proof of his brilience check out "the point" a whole album of brilience, with oblio and arrow.---neilson at his best!!
by Fernando on 9/3/2009 7:09pm
Yes, this song gave an special meaning to "Midnight cowboy" but it's true that the version that Stephen Stills made (mixed with another song if I don't remember bad)in that acoustic record was wonderful (as so many other songs he wrote or sung)
by codza on 9/9/2009 3:57am
this song is good! i feel like it was written for me!
by David on 10/23/2009 8:33am
Always loved the song; since I was a kid. Always spoke to me about keeping true to yourself and ignoring the useless chatter around you...
Do with that what you will.
by Teri on 11/22/2009 1:27pm
I love this song too. I usually think about it when I need to get away from everybody for awhile. I just wonder if the lyrics should be, "I'm banking off the the North East wind" instead of "I'm backing off".
by shinto on 12/12/2009 1:40pm
everybody's talkin ... was written by a folky named fred neil.
by Matt on 1/18/2010 7:51am
Great song for a new guitarist.
Simple chord progression, easy melody. Everyone loves it.
by ciarra on 1/26/2010 1:52pm
Dreaming of a place where there is always hope inspite of all the pains... I'm going where the sun keeps shining through the pouring rain. Beautiful.
by Craiginni on 2/17/2010 7:22am
Ive always liked nilsson and this song which is in my repetoire, but he's 'bankin' off the northeast wind' not 'backing',
by Francisco Cruz on 3/14/2010 9:48pm
Excelente canción y la música también. México, D.F. 14/mzo/2010
by alis on 3/16/2010 7:13am
versuri frumoase dar melodia naspha
by mso on 4/18/2010 2:27pm
I think everyone is getting it wrong, not everyone talking about me but at me. He needs to get away from it all, people, the stares go to the sunsets, oceans, rain etc, just away from all.
by beep on 4/21/2010 10:57pm
duuuuurrrrrrrrrrr
by chiefman on 4/30/2010 12:20pm
didn't Freddy Neil write this song ?
by New on 5/4/2010 6:57am
Banking of the NorthEast Wind

like sailing...........
by Rahul From india on 5/18/2010 1:30pm
story of big city
by Jon on 5/20/2010 3:51pm
Yes, Chiefman, Freddy Neil wrote this beautiful song and Harry Nillson also sang it superbly.
by Paul on 6/3/2010 2:29pm
Epitomizes the quest for freedom, and it is "banking off the northeast wind' because, quite frankly, that's the way >I< sing it, so it must be correct...
by Alfio on 6/7/2010 10:58am
If you have seen the movie "Midnight Cowboy" you'll understand the lyrics. The main character's dream (Dustin Hoffman)is to move from New York to Florida to enjoy the warm weather. He is very ill with lung problems.
by MRJONXERO@AOL.COM on 6/11/2010 3:48pm
FRED NEAL WROTE THIS SONG, NOT HARRY !
by bernadette on 7/11/2010 11:55pm
the lyrics mean all this, because it's poetry. Nothing but beauty to feel what you feel when you hear the beautiful lyrics.
by sid on 7/21/2010 10:51pm
Will this website please credit Fred Neil for the song?
by Thomas Rathsack on 8/22/2010 1:50pm
Yes - exactly, Fred Neil wrote and song this song beuatifully
by Carlos from Lima, Peru on 10/22/2010 12:43am
Beautiful song. Add the following to the end of the lyrics because is missing.

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

by Heyahaha on 11/5/2010 12:11pm
Guys it's about a fucking guy DYING in Vietnam "everybodys talking at me, I don't hear a word they're saying" when you begin to die you fade out not caring about anything as you edge near it, "I'm going were the sun keeps shining" refering to heaven, jeez look up the meaning of statements before you comment.
by Luca on 11/16/2010 6:36pm
The only beautiful song from this singer, I don't the rest of his songs wich are so bad.
by pat garrett on 11/17/2010 10:05am
Its beautiful for different reasons for different people.its simple and elegant like all the best things.
by poeteer on 11/20/2010 6:24pm
I love this song too - I particularly like the "ecoes of my mind "line - but I believe the song ends with a line "I don't wanna leave your love behind" at least in the Harry Nillson version - pleaswe correct me if i'm wrong
by poeteer on 11/24/2010 3:16am
Heyahaha - Your interpretation may be correct - But people commenting here are giving their own feelings and interpretation - everyone is entitled to interpret songs as they like - your interpretation is important just as everyone else's is - I was told once that the Candyman song was about a drug dealer it was at that point in primary school that I decided to form my own opinions...
by mso on 12/5/2010 2:01pm
For "Beep", get a sense of humor, not good to be so serious and not get things.
by zoran on 1/2/2011 10:36am
exelent
by gmoney on 1/25/2011 12:08pm
i believe the song is about the movie midnight cowboy. ratsos trek to florida to die."backing off the noth east wind". I could be wrong and not sure if written for the soundtrack or it just matches up well
by ahmed on 1/26/2011 6:32am
I love this song too. I usually think about it when I need to get away from everybody for awhile.
by Ljilja on 1/28/2011 9:44am
Perfect song
by Fred'nHarry4ever!!! on 2/1/2011 8:02am
I like both versions. Makes me feel cowboy !
by susan on 2/5/2011 9:20am
sums up my schizophrenia honestly
by cacoco on 3/6/2011 1:08pm
I´m reeding many people talking shit about this song, this was the theme of the film Midnight Cowboy. 70th´s years, and is a very sadness story, but beautiful. He went looking for his dream (going to Florida) and died arriving, but could see the sun shinning.
by Jeff on 3/20/2011 7:59pm
The beauty of the lyrics incorporates BOTH Midnight Cowboy characters--Joe Buck and Rico Rizzo. It's about Joe's lost naive and frustrated relationships with people and Rico's yearning to get to warmth and comfort. Their dual yearnings meet in mutual need to helping each other...in spite of the people 'stopping and starring'.
by Malinda on 3/25/2011 1:47pm
Jimmy Buffett does a version of the song as well. I just love Jimmy's version. This song suits his personality perfectly.
by ahmad on 4/3/2011 6:46am
waw
by Joie on 4/7/2011 4:38pm
Terrific song---Love the Lyrics!!
by Ted Lee on 4/13/2011 8:20pm
At the great age of 53 years old, I still find this one of the anthem of America. It was the song that kept me going, as I 'rode my themb' up the east coast, from Key West to Fort Kent Maine, at the age of 17 years old.
Will hold it in my heart forever!
by SaM on 5/1/2011 1:06pm
this song gives me wings luvly voice
by SaM on 5/1/2011 1:09pm
this song gives me wings luvly voice hey guys u knw it z also used in movie crank..jason statham
by Kellie on 5/4/2011 8:45pm
Banking off a the northeast wind,

not "backing"
by arthur kille on 6/18/2011 5:03pm
Well, I tell you what heyahaha, I'll take going while fucking any day, any where I can...
.......
by Heyahaha on 11/5/2010 12:11pm
Guys it's about a fucking guy DYING in Vietnam "everybodys talking at me, I don't hear a word they're saying" when you begin to die you fade out not caring about anything as you edge near it, "I'm going were the sun keeps shining" refering to heaven, jeez look up the meaning of statements before you comment.
by makesomesense on 6/22/2011 6:21pm
Fred Neil wrote this and recorded it in one take. It's about his longing to get back home to Florida.
by Alex on 6/28/2011 10:17pm
No mames esta es una rolototota!!!! La letra es muy profunda, muy buena canción, la amo. Saludos desde Tijuana, Mexico!!!!
by miguel on 6/30/2011 1:10am
wonderful song ... resonates everywhere ... saudaçoes do Rio de Janeiro Brasil!!
by peter on 8/12/2011 8:41am
love this song!
by Hill Billy on 8/25/2011 9:08am
The meaning of the lyrics is obviously: This guy is so stoned, can't understand what the people say to him but he is going where the sun is shining .....He is on smack!!!
by gustavo de argentina on 10/6/2011 7:39am
jon voigh es un maestro y dustin hoffman tooo love the usa grettings from argentinee
by Julián on 11/18/2011 6:01pm
What a great song!! i heard it by the first time on "My name is Earl" ahahahaha
by cacarina on 11/28/2011 8:50am
yeah yeah you intelligents
by samuel on 12/31/2011 9:22pm
thats song was played in futurama, in the episode what zap and kif lost they works!
by George on 1/16/2012 6:45pm
Just drivin' around in Jon Voight's car...
by Steve-0 on 1/28/2012 10:44pm
Find a copy from Tedeschi Trucks Band- its amazing to hear Susan singing with Derek ripping the slide
by d bolser on 3/9/2012 12:05pm
I suppose there are many interpretations of the lyrics...but I think the tune puts most of us in a place of "feel good" and can relate to the song at many levels. Young, fun sorta livin' life care free and happy.
by Christine on 5/10/2012 7:49pm
Steve-O, That Tedeschi version is what brought me to this site today. I heard part of it in my car and of course recognized the lyrics but, for me, the melody was so not there that I didn't recognize it. To each her own, huh?
by Diana on 5/15/2012 8:44pm
Fred Neil wrote the lyrics, not Nilsson. Great song but please give credit to the correct songwriter. Fred was a friend of mine.
by Alex Hamer on 5/21/2012 3:40pm
I like this song in only fools and horses the jolly boys outing 1989 it is very funny
by Srini on 7/7/2012 8:29pm
I can never ever forget this song.

I still remeber seeing young John Voight and Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy.
by That music guy on 7/19/2012 4:15pm
I hope no one has tried to ruin this song by doing a crappy dubstep version of it. It's far to good to be mutilated and bastardized in such a crude way. :(
by Harry Chimpo on 9/14/2012 9:27am
Pre-Goole-Face Book-FISA Act. Now nobody can hide.
by flory bog on 12/4/2012 7:47pm
vorbiti mai si voi in romana ca nu inteleg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by Folkie on 12/21/2012 9:57am
Check out Fred Neil's Dolphins - it featured in a Sopranos episode The Ride
by mara-cucu2 on 1/22/2013 2:53pm
i hate this!!! fuck you mom!
by dawn on 1/26/2013 12:23am
excellent song, Tedischi Trucks does a wonderful comeback!
by Bob on 2/5/2013 7:44pm
The song was first released on Neil's second album, 1966's self-titled Fred Neil. It was composed towards the end of the session, after Neil had become anxious to wrap the album so he could return to his home in Miami, Florida. Manager Herb Cohen promised that if Neil wrote and recorded a final track, he could go. "Everybody's Talkin'", recorded in one take, was the result.

Neil disappeared from the public scene a few years after writing this song, retiring in the Florida Keys and living off the millions he made in royalties over the years. Neil hated the music industry, and didn't think much of his most famous song.

Arguably, this song reflects Neil's distaste for the music industry and his longing to return to his home state of Florida.
by Fran on 4/4/2013 8:15am
Love this song! Love Harry Nilsson....
by amanda mason 8/6/13 on 6/8/2013 9:12am
thanks a lot as i thought i lost you ian ellingham but now i have got you back but have another one on the go well done hes archie
by jimigoo on 6/12/2013 11:15am
It should say, "Banking off of the northeast winds."

I think Neil is feeling isolated and in a city full of strangers, uncomfortable with his fame and longs to return home to the Keys where he feels comfortable in his own skin.

by marcel on 8/13/2013 1:40am
... ends with this line: "I won't let you leave my love behind"
by marcel on 8/13/2013 1:43am
... ends with this line: "I won't let you leave my love behind"
Actually I find this song sounds a lot like "New York is not my home" by Jim Croce
by amanda mason 30/8/13 on 8/30/2013 9:50am
as i have not been my self lately never mind but i love you very much as i always did ian ellingham i dont want to lose you
by amanda mason 30/9/13 on 9/30/2013 6:41am
as i am going potty or else and nutty as well i thought i was and i am in love with my man who i like very much cant make my mind up neither
by charlottesville commentator on 12/22/2013 8:55am
I saw a documentary on Harry Dean Stanton that came out this year, and he sang this song in the film. He expressed the opinion that the song was about a heroin addict. Anybody else ever heard that? It kind of makes sense when you listen to the words.
by Lizabeth on 1/19/2014 10:18am
it is what I sing when I am lost and confused with life and want to go away from all the anxiety and people offering advice I do not want.
by RON on 1/19/2014 10:07pm
This song,along with "I did it my way" keeps echoing thru my brain and i don't know why
by amanda mason 20/1/14 on 1/20/2014 10:54am
thank you very much for another lovely song neilson the song meant that i am liking this song especially for that siily moment as when ian leftme.
by BRUCE on 3/4/2014 10:16pm
I'm 65 years old and its still one of my favourites. To Bob - If what you are saying is true I can only agree with you, that the song is Fred Neils' way of getting the job finished and to get back where he wants to be
by bob on 3/23/2014 1:32pm
It's Banking off of the North East wind" nit Backing off of,,," It is a sailing term.


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