Everybody's Talkin' - chords, tab and comments

At the bottom you'll find a link to the complete lyrics.

This song became famous in 1969, when John Schlesinger chose it as the theme song for his classic movie "Midnight Cowboy", starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. Harry Nilsson's recording from 1967 was preferred to his own suggested "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City". A pretty good choise.

In fact, the song was a result of being homesick.
In 1966 Fred Neil (born Frederick Ralph Morlock Jr., 1936 – 2001) was recording his second album, regarded the session completed and wanted to go home to Florida, but manager Herb Cohen wanted one more song. Fred wrote this one on the spot, and recorded it in one take. Then he returned to his beloved Coconut Grove.

Where he stayed most of the time for the rest of his life, overlooked, underrated and doing his best to keep it that way. He wrote, sang and played for the music itself, not for fame and wealth. This song, in short, describes his attitude. He was asked to record a "fresher" version of his song for the movie ... and told the producer where to go emoticon

G  Gmaj7     G     Gmaj7   G Gmaj7 Em          G7
everybody's talkin' at me  I can't hear their voices 
D           D7     G  ...Gmaj7...G...Gmaj7
only echoes of my mind
G Gmaj7  G      Gmaj7  G  Gmaj7  Em       G7
people stoppin' starin' I can't see their faces
D            D7        G  ...Gmaj7...G7...Bdim
only shadows of their eyes

Am                  D
I'm goin' where the sun keeps shinin'
G                    G7 ...Bdim
through the pourin' rain
Am               D                 G    ...Gmaj7...G7...Bdim
goin' where the weather suits my clothes
Am               D
bankin' off the north east wind
G                       G7  ...Bdim
sailin' on the summer breeze
Am                D              G
skippin' over the ocean like a stone

G  Gmaj7     G     Gmaj7   G Gmaj7 Em          G7
everybody's talkin' at me  I can't hear their voices 
D           D7     G  ...Gmaj7...G...Bdim
only echoes of my mind
D                                    G
but I won't let you leave my love behind
G major
G
G major seventh
Gmaj7
G seventh
G7
B diminuished
Bdim
D major
D
D seventh
D7
E minor
Em
A minor
Am
Fred Neil