No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature

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This article is about the song. For the album, see American Woman (album). For the novel, see American Woman (novel).
"No Sugar Tonight"
Cover of the 1970 German single
Single by The Guess Who
from the album American Woman
A-side "American Woman"
Released March 1970 (1970-03)
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 1969 at RCA Mid-America Recording Center, Studio B, Chicago, Illinois
Genre Rock
Length 4:54
Label RCA Victor
Producer(s) Jack Richardson
ISWC T-901.261.521-3
The Guess Who singles chronology
"No Time"
"American Woman" / "No Sugar Tonight"
"Hand Me Down World"
American Woman track listing
"No Sugar Tonight"
"969 (The Oldest Man)"

"No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature" is a song by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. It was released on their 1970 album American Woman, and was released on the B-side of the "American Woman" single without the "New Mother Nature" section. The single was officially released as "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature" and peaked at #1 on the RPM magazine charts (three weeks) and #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] In Cash Box, which at the time ranked sides independently, "No Sugar Tonight" reached #39.

According to Randy Bachman, the inspiration for the song arose after an incident when he was visiting California. He was walking down the street with a stack of records under his arm, when he saw three "tough-looking biker guys" approaching. He felt threatened and was looking for a way to cross the street onto the other sidewalk when a car pulled up to the men. A woman got out of the car, shouting at one of them, asking where he'd been all day, that he had left her alone with the kids. The man suddenly was alone and his buddies walked away. Chastened, he got in the car as the woman told him before pulling away: "And one more thing, you're getting no sugar tonight". The words stuck in Bachman's memory.[2]

Bachman then wrote a short song in the key of F called "No Sugar Tonight". When he presented the song to Burton Cummings and the record company, he was told that the song was too short. Bachman and Cummings expanded the song by adding to it a song Cummings had written that was also in the key of F, "New Mother Nature". The song was originally written without the "in my coffee" and "in my tea" wording. The band was ordered to alter the lyrics to make the sexual connotation less obvious.


  1. ^ The Guess Who, "No Sugar Tonight" U.S. Chart Position Retrieved March 7, 2015
  2. ^ Randy's Vinyl Tap radio programme; Show 170 Saturday, October 18, 2008