Coconut (song)

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"Coconut"
Single by Harry Nilsson
from the album Nilsson Schmilsson
B-side "The Moonbeam Song"
Released 1972 (1972)
Format 7" single
Recorded 1971 (1971)
Genre Calypso
Length 3:52
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Harry Nilsson
Producer(s) Richard Perry
Harry Nilsson singles chronology
"Jump into the Fire"
(1972)
"Coconut"
(1972)
"Spaceman "
(1972)

"Coconut" is a song written and first recorded by Harry Nilsson.

Original version[edit]

The third single from his 1971 album, Nilsson Schmilsson, it reached #8 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and it features three distinct characters (the narrator, the sister, and the doctor), all sung in different voices by Nilsson. The song is perhaps best remembered for its chorus lyric, "She put de lime in de coconut, she drank dem bot up." "Coconut" was the first composition that Nilsson both wrote and recorded that reached the Hot 100. There are no chord changes; the only chord in the song is an arpeggiated C7th.

Track listing[edit]

7" single: RCA 2214 (US)[edit]

[1]

7" single: RCA 447-0940 (US, reissue)[edit]

[2]

Side one

  1. "Coconut"

Side two

  1. "Jump into the Fire"

Appearances[edit]

According to the Internet Movie Database, this version has appeared in the films Practical Magic, Dick, The Ice Storm, and Reservoir Dogs, as well as the television shows House M.D., Bones and Parenthood. The video game Alan Wake also features this song in its soundtrack. This song is also performed by The Muppets with Kermit D. Frog as the drinker.

Personnel[edit]

Dannii Minogue version[edit]

"Coconut"
Single by Dannii Minogue
from the album Girl
B-side "Everybody Changes Underwater"
"Heaven Can Wait"
"Someone New"
Released December 7, 1998 (1998-12-07)
Format CD single
Genre Dance
Length 4:50
Label WEA
Writer(s) Harry Nilsson
Producer(s) Flexifinger
(Original vocal production: DNA)
Dannii Minogue singles chronology
"Disremembrance"
(1998)
"Coconut"
(1998)
"Everlasting Night"
(1999)

Dannii Minogue recorded the song in 1994 with UK dance producers DNA. When Minogue parted ways with Mushroom Records in 1995 and signed to Eternal Records in 1996, she had the track remixed by producers Flexifinger.

The track was originally used as a hidden bonus track on her third album Girl. It was subsequently released on December 7, 1998 (1998-12-07) in Australia as the fourth and final single from that album.

In 2009, the original version of "Coconut" was made available on the compilation The 1995 Sessions.

Track listing[edit]

CD single[edit]

  1. "Coconut" (Harry Nilsson) – 4:50
    Production: DNA, Flexifinger
  2. "Everybody Changes Underwater" (Dannii Minogue, David Green, Ian Masterson) – 6:36
    Production: Flexifinger
  3. "Heaven Can Wait" (7" Version) (Brian Higgins, Matt Gray, Stuart McLennan, Tim Powell) – 4:06
    Production: Brian Higgins, Matt Gray
    Additional production: Metro
  4. "Someone New" (David Green, Ian Masterson) – 9:22
    Production: Flexifinger
  5. "Heaven Can Wait" (Trouser Enthusiasts' Cloud Nine Mix) (Higgins, Gray, McLennan, Powell) – 12:13
    Production: Brian Higgins, Matt Gray
    Remix: Trouser Enthusiasts
  6. "Heaven Can Wait" (D-Bop's Heavenly Girl Mix) (Higgins, Gray, McLennan, Powell) – 7:47
    Production: Brian Higgins, Matt Gray
    Remix and additional production: D-Bop
    Mislabelled on both sleeve and disc as "D-Bop's Melt & Sparkle Mix".

Music video[edit]

Minogue wasn't able to film a music video for the single as she was touring the UK on her Unleashed '98 Tour, so a montage video featuring images from "All I Wanna Do", "Everything I Wanted", and "Disremembrance" was made.

The video was never released commercially until 2007, when it finally appeared on The Video Collection DVD as one of the bonus videos.

Other cover versions[edit]

Yale's all male a cappella group, the Alley Cats, traditionally sings this song as the closing song of their performances. Other cover versions of the song have been recorded by The Baha Men, Jimmy Buffett, Fred Schneider, Lazlo Bane, Sprung Monkey, P.M. Dawn, and, according to a Nilsson website, the Alice Cooper Band. Phish has never recorded the song, but played it live on April 15, 2004.

It has also appeared in many films (including Daddy Day Care, Practical Magic, Wag the Dog, and Reservoir Dogs), TV shows (including The Simpsons, ChalkZone, The Muppet Show, Bones,[3] and House[4]) and the video game Alan Wake.

Coca-Cola used the song in its commercial for Coca-Cola with Lime, changing the lyrics to "You put the lime in the Coke, you nut."

A comic version is acted out by Flip Wilson as GERALDINE and Harry Belafonte on The Flip Wilson Show.

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