Ain't No Doubt

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"Ain't No Doubt"
Single by Jimmy Nail
from the album Growing Up In Public
B-side "What Can I Say"[1]
Released June 1992 (1992-06) (United Kingdom)
Format 7", cassette, CD
Genre New jack swing, R&B, soft rock
Length 3:57
Label EastWest Records[1]
Writer(s) Guy Pratt,
Danny Schogger,
Jimmy Nail,
Charlie Dore[1]
Producer(s) Guy Pratt,
Danny Schogger,
Jimmy Nail[1]
Jimmy Nail singles chronology
"Love Don't Live Here Anymore"
"Ain't No Doubt"
Music sample

"Ain't No Doubt" is a popular song by Jimmy Nail. Composed by Nail with Guy Pratt, Danny Schogger and Charlie Dore,[1] the song features additional vocals by Sylvia Mason-James. Six years after his debut album, Nail revived his singing career during the success of his television drama series Spender. The single peaked at No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1992, spending three weeks at the top of the chart.[2]

Subject matter[edit]

The lyrics discuss a failing relationship, and the difference between her words and what he believes she means. In the first verse, like in the second, Jimmy Nail provides the female's line, by saying; "She says 'it's not you, it's me'", a statement which is cliched in break ups, and is usually considered to be a white lie.

During the lyrics sung by Sylvia Mason-James, in the first part of the chorus, phrases such as "I don't want nobody else, I love you", and "there won't be somebody else, and that's true", Jimmy Nail interjects with "she's lying". This line, like many others is simply spoken, not sung. The second part of the chorus claims that there "Ain't no doubt" that a "woman like you is no good for me".

The second verse has Jimmy Nail speaking the lines of the female character once more; "she says 'it's like in the song, remember? / If you love somebody, set them free?'"

After he describes her speech, he says "and then she kisses me, and somewhere I hear a door slam. So I say 'fine', and just hope that I'm a better liar than she is," exploring the idea that while she lies to try to keep from hurting him, he does so in order to 'prove' he doesn't care and to hopefully hurt her in return.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jimmy Nail - Ain't No Doubt (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-03-30. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 542. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
"Abba-esque EP" by Erasure
UK number one single
July 12, 1992 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Rhythm is a Dancer" by Snap!