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Bill Withers told Songfacts that an inspiration for this song was the 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses .

"I was watching a movie called Days Of Wine And Roses (1962) with 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… read more

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Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
It's not warm when she's away
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone
And she's always gone too long

Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine Lyrics


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  • oldurkey: Yes, I've noticed it too! (I think) Around the 1:35 mark, Bill sings "And 'shis' house just. ain't no home" Sounds like he wanted to sing "And she's always gone too long" instead. What a memorable song though.
  • never gets old
  • I picked up on a mistake the very first time I heard this song (which I love) in 1972. To this day, I've not heard it mentioned by anyone. There's a slip-up in the words. Anyone know what I'm referring to?
  • Großartig!
  • https://soundcloud.com/andrewblackwelder/skin-bones-aint-no-sunshine-bill-withers-cover
  • Good song
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  • Great song!
  • nice song
  • Hi everyone, can you please listen to my cover of Ain't No Sunshine? Thank you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0iTDAeqosQ

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