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“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers

We’ve had a week of wet, cloudy, and windy weather here in (slightly less) beautiful Los Angeles, and it made me think of this classic song by Bill Withers. It’s also in my mind because, as I’ve mentioned before, Jeff likes to sing in his office throughout the day, and he has been singing it all week, which means I’ve been humming it (singing it with my lips closed) all week.  Now, it’s time to get you singing it, too.

~ Lucy

P.S. Here’s a wonderful cover (another version, originally recorded by someone else) of this song by Eva Cassidy.

“Aint No Sunshine”
by Bill Withers

Ain’t no sunshine (direct light from the sun) when she’s gone.
It’s not warm when she’s away (not here).
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.
And she’s always gone too long, anytime she goes away.

Wonder this time where she’s gone,
Wonder if she’s gone to stay (permanently; not to return).
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.
And this house just ain’t no home anytime she goes away.

And I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know,
I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
Hey, I ought to (should) leave the young thing alone, but ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone.

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
Only darkness (being without light; unhappiness) everyday.
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone,
And this house just ain’t no home anytime she goes away.

Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.
Anytime she goes away.

10 Responses to ““Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers”

  1. Farahnaz Says:

    Gee, I can’t download the song. It’s locked. It must be very beautiful.

  2. Echo Says:

    I am really thank you.I am listening the song and just in it.All of you really did a honoring job.Sincerely?I hope all of you be enjoyable all the time.I will keep trying to promote my English level?especially about my spoken English,it is the biggest problem.As a non-native speaker,I didn’t have many chances to talk with others in English,and I am a kind of shy person.Anyway,I will make it step by step,it is one of my dreams.More important,always following your great pocast.^_^

  3. Echo Says:

    Oops!Excuse me,there exist some errors in my reply.

  4. lyuk Says:

    Wow, thanks for this great stuff. Wonderful song which has given me an inspiration.

  5. Tania Says:

    Hi! You make me feel sad and alone with this love song, dear Dr. Lucy.
    And Eva Cassidy – a real rainbow of colors.
    Thank you.

    All the best for you all,

    Tania

  6. Tania Says:

    Hi! Emiliano, I am sure you like this deep love song. What are you thinking?

  7. emiliano Says:

    Nice song but it´s sad, it has to be painful to lost your heart if it is out your body and it seems the singer has lose it when his love gone away.

    I didn´t know the song neither the singer, but I think he is quite good like Eva Cassidy, just a pity she passed away so soon and so young.

    Something to cofess, now I use to listen to pop/rock/bluegrass/country music frequently instead other kind like classic or jazz.
    Madonna, Mark Knophler, Roxette, Alison Kraus, Ron Block, Emmilou Harris, Kylie Minogue, Dire Straits, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, and so on, this kind of music are now my best.
    Also The Cors, Bryan Adams, Michael Jackson, REM, and melodics like Mike Olfield, Alan Parsons, Ennya, Loreena Mckennit and all the old rock groups.
    In fact nothing original, so it´s a good surprise to discover new songs and singers in The Blog, thanks a million Lucy.

    Sometimes Cuca protested and claimed for another kind of music, spanish, classic, zarzuela, as she said I am always listening to the same but it´s a nice feeling to understand the English Lyrics once and again.

    Regards.
    emiliano

  8. emiliano Says:

    Well I have forgotten to mentioned Nat King Cole, one of the best voices and singers of all time. Also Paul Simon and Art Garfunkell, my dear singers of the sixteen, lot of mind´s records when I listen to “The Boxer” “The Sound of Silence” “Mrs. Robinson” and nearly all their songs.
    One of the first movies I saw with my wife was “The Graduate” with the greats Dustin Hofman and Anne Bancroft, music from Paul Simon and the song “Scarborough Fair” continously playing in the movie.
    Yes how much I regret those times and feelings that only remains in the memory of people like me just in this moment or when
    I listen to this wonderful music.
    Regards.

  9. Tania Says:

    Hi! Thank you for M. Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley video. I have read about their marriage only in magazines. Nice surprise for me.

  10. Juergen Says:

    Great Lucy,

    today I’m in the same situation as you’ve described in your article. It’s cold, wet and foggy outside hier in Kronberg / Germany. It’s not the weather to bring dog’s outside.
    Both of you are right, the song of Bill Withers and Eva Cassidy is perfekt for these sad November days.

    I was born in 1956 and I grow up with this song, but you have remind me today with your article on this wonderful song, thank you for that.

    Ain’t no sunshine today …..

    Juergen