No No Song

No No Song
"The No No Song"
Single by Ringo Starr
from the album Goodnight Vienna
Released 27 January 1975 (US only)
Format vinyl record 7"
Genre Rock
Length 2:33
Label EMI (UK)
Apple Records (US)
Producer Richard Perry
Ringo Starr singles chronology
"Only You (And You Alone)"
"No No Song"

Ringo Starr's cover of Hoyt Axton and David Jackson's "The No No Song" was included on his 1974 album Goodnight Vienna. It was a number-one hit in Canada[1] and a number-three hit in the US. The song describes progressive attempts to sell Colombian marijuana, Spanish cocaine and Tennessean moonshine to a recovered addict who refuses it all. Providing background harmony is the inimitable voice of Harry Nilsson.

Brazilian rock musician Raul Seixas recorded a Brazilian Portuguese version called "Não Quero Mais Andar na Contra-mão" ("Don't Want to Ride on the Wrong Way Anymore") adapting the drugs mentioned in the lyrics to the Brazilian culture (respectively, Colombian marijuana, Bolivian cocaine and Argentinian ether spray[disambiguation needed ]). Seixas also released an album (and hit single) called O Dia em que a Terra Parou ("The Day the Earth Stood Still") The song itself was not related to the movie of the same name; rather, it is likely a reference to the album Goodnight Vienna, the cover of which reproduces an iconic scene from the film, with Ringo Starr replacing Michael Rennie as the alien Klaatu standing alongside the robot Gort.


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Preceded by
"Lady Marmalade" by Labelle
Canadian RPM number-one single
April 5–12, 1975 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John

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