No No Song

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"No No Song"
No No Song (Ringo Starr single - cover art ).jpg
A-side label
Single by Ringo Starr
from the album Goodnight Vienna
B-side "Snookeroo"
Released 27 January 1975 (US only)
Format vinyl record 7"
Recorded 1974
Genre Pop, novelty
Length 2:33
Label Apple Records
Songwriter(s) Hoyt Axton
Producer(s) Richard Perry
Ringo Starr singles chronology
"Only You (And You Alone)"
"No No Song"
"Only You (And You Alone)"
"No No Song"
Goodnight Vienna track listing

Ringo Starr's cover of Hoyt Axton's and David Jackson's "The No No Song" was included on his 1974 album Goodnight Vienna. The song was released in the US on 27 January 1975, backed with "Snookeroo".[nb 1][1] It was a #1 hit in Canada[2] and a #3 hit in the US. It describes progressive attempts to sell Colombian marijuana, Spanish cocaine, and Tennessean moonshine to a recovered addict who refuses it all. Harry Nilsson provides backing vocals.

Covers and in popular culture Brazilian rock musician Raul Seixas recorded a Brazilian Portuguese version called "Não Quero Mais Andar na Contra-mão" ("Don't Want to Ride on the Wrong Way Anymore") adapting the drugs mentioned in the lyrics to the Brazilian culture (respectively, Colombian marijuana, Bolivian cocaine, and Argentinian chloroethane spray). Seixas also released an album (and hit single) called A Pedra do Gênesis ("The Genesis's Stone").

Joe Dassin's "Moi j'ai dit non" was a French adaptation of "The No No Song".

Some reissues and later pressings of the Ringo Starr version credit the song as "No No Song/Skokiaan".[3] This is presumably due to a copyright claim by the publishers of the latter song, although details are lacking. There are some similarities between parts of Skokiaan and the instrumental break between verses 2 and 3 of Starr's version of the No No Song, but without documentation this is no more than a supposition.


  1. ^ US Apple 1880[1]
  1. ^ a b Harry, Bill (2004). The Ringo Starr Encyclopedia. London: Virgin Books. p. 183. ISBN 9780753508435. 
  2. ^ Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada
  3. ^ "Ringo Starr - No No Song / Skokiaan / Snookeroo - Capitol - USA - 1880". 2016-05-08. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 

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Preceded by
"Lady Marmalade" by Labelle
Canadian RPM number-one single
April 5–12, 1975 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Philadelphia Freedom" by Elton John