No No Song

Album: Goodnight Vienna (1974)
Charted: 3
  • A lady that I know just came from Columbia
    She smiled because I did not understand
    Then she held out some marijuana, ha ha
    She said it was the best in all the land

    And I said
    No, no, no, no, I don't smoke it no more
    I'm tired of waking up on the floor
    No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze
    Then it makes it hard to find the door

    A woman that I know just came from Majorca, Spain
    She smiled because I did not understand
    Then she held out a ten pound bag of cocaine
    She said it was the finest in all the land

    And I said
    "No, no, no, no, I don't (sniff) it no more
    I'm tired of waking up on the floor
    No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze
    And then it makes it hard to find the door"

    A man I know just came from Nashville, Tennessee
    He smiled because I did not understand
    Then he held out some moonshine whiskey, oh ho
    He said it was the best in all the land

    And I said
    No, no, no, no, I don't drink it no more
    I'm tired of waking up on the floor
    No, thank you, please, it only makes me sneeze
    And then it makes it hard to find the door

Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 28th 1975, Ringo Starr performed "No No Song" on the CBS-TV program 'The Smothers Brothers Show'...
    Two months earlier on February 2nd, 1975 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #78; and on March 30th it peaked at #3 (for 2 weeks) and spent 14 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 5 of those 14 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    And on April 5th, 1975 it reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    Between 1971 and 1975 he had seven straight Top 10 records; started with "It Don't Come Easy" (#4 in 1971), "Back Off Boogaloo" (#9 in 1972), "Photograph" (#1 for 1 week in 1973), "You're Sixteen" (#1 for 1 week in 1974), "Oh My My" (#5 in 1974), "Only You" (#6 in 1975), and finally "No No Song" (#3)...
    Mr. Starr, born Richard Starkey, will celebrate his 74th birthday in less than two months on July 7th, 2014.
  • Karen from Manchester, NhI remember being in a bus heading to a field trip when I was in Junior High, and I led the whole bus into singing this song, complete with loud "SNIFF" and "...and he wasn't joking!" shouted in the middle...and I have never, ever done drugs!
  • Ken from Louisville, KyIn the play out, you can hear Ringo jokingly mumbling about needing a drink.
  • Keith from San Francisco, CaI still like Hoyt Axton's version better, plus Cheech and Chong make a Cameo appearance in the middle of Axton's version--VERY 70s
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