AIN'T NO SUNSHINE (WHEN SHE'S GONE)
Written by Bill Withers
Produced by Booker T. Jones for Sussex Records 1971
From the Album JUST AS I AM
*This arrangement performed and produced by Mark J. Campayno
All production done on and offsite at StudioRock Of Northern Virginia
Paul Gilbert PGM 150 Electric Guitar
Fender Mustang III Amplifier
Plug ins from Reaper
This is my second version of this cover. I've improved the overall structure a bit. Hope you enjoy!
Written by Bill Withers ("Just The Two Of Us", "Lean On Me"), Ain't No Sunshine is an example of less is more. Using only four chords and really only two alternating sections, the song is a masterpiece in the soul/pop repertoire. Incredibly inventing and moving, this song is imbedded with meaning and mass appeal.
I originally intended to do this much closer to the original but instead choose to once again, allow my mind run free. I left out, on purpose, the "I Know, I Know" section. It didn't seem at the time relevant to what I was doing. I am on the fence about that now and could change my mind in the future!
I hope you find this interesting and enjoyable. As always, I never intend to insult the original works, but instead, choose to offer a way to honor the original work with a view towards creativity and expression of my musical take on the composition.
For the song's third verse, Withers had intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase "I know" 26 times, but then followed the advice of the other musicians to leave it that way: "I was this factory worker puttering around," Withers said. "So when they said to leave it like that, I left it." (Withers, then thirty-one years old, was working at a factory making toilet seats for 747s at the time.