Ain't No Sunshine

Written by Bill Withers

Album This song officially appears on the Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) Official live.

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Ain’t No Sunshine” is a song by Bill Withers from his 1971 album Just as I Am, produced by Booker T. Jones. The record featured musicians Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass guitar, Al Jackson, Jr. on drums, Stephen Stills on guitar and Bill Withers on vocals. String arrangements were done by Booker T. Jones, and recorded in Memphis by engineer Terry Manning. The song was released as a single in September 1971, becoming a breakthrough hit for Withers, reaching number six on the U.S. R&B chart and number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song is in natural minor.

Withers was inspired to write this song after watching the 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses. He explained, in reference to the characters played by Lee Remick and Jack Lemmon, “They were both alcoholics who were alternately weak and strong. It’s like going back for seconds on rat poison. Sometimes you miss things that weren’t particularly good for you. It’s just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I’m not aware of.

For the song’s third verse, Withers had intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase “I know” 26 times, but then followed the advice of the other musicians to leave it that way: “I was this factory worker puttering around,” Withers said. “So when they said to leave it like that, I left it.” (Withers, then thirty-one years old, was working at a factory making toilet seats for 747s at the time.)

The song was originally released as the B-side to another song called “Harlem“. Disc jockeys played “Ain’t No Sunshine” as the single instead, and it became a huge hit, the first for Withers.

Ain’t No Sunshine” is ranked 285th on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song won the Grammy for Best R&B Song in 1972.

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Last updated on March 5th, 2014

Lyrics

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
Only darkness everyday
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And this house just ain't no home
Anytime she goes away

Wonder this time where she's gone
Is she really going to stay
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And she's always gone too log
Anytime she goes away

And I know, I know...

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
Is she really going to stay
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And she's always gone too long
Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away
Anytime she goes away
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone

Officially appears on


Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)

Official live • Released in 1991

4:09 • LiveL1

Concert From "MTV Unplugged" in Wembley, United Kingdom on Jan 25, 1991

Live performances

“Ain't No Sunshine” has been played in 48 concerts and 1 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Ain't No Sunshine” has been played







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