Song of the Day #3,787: ‘Nobody’ – Sylvia Hutton

On the same college trip I mentioned yesterday, my family went into the only kind of record store that exists anymore — one that sells vinyl. My daughter Sophia, who received a turntable from a friend for her last birthday, perused the bargain bin for buried gems.

What she found was Just Sylvia, a 1982 album by country pop singer Sylvia Hutton. She didn’t know the music, but really liked the “aesthetic” of the album cover. That was worth her $1.

I’d never heard of Sylvia Hutton either. But when I listened to the first track and lead single of Just Sylvia, ‘Nobody,’ I realized I knew it pretty well.

‘Nobody’ was a #1 country hit but also crossed over to reach #15 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It earned Hutton a Grammy nomination and an Academy of Country Music award.

The song, which is awfully catchy, is awful lyrically. It concerns a woman who realizes her husband (or boyfriend) is cheating with another woman and, rather than dumping the bastard, vows to “love him better” than his mistress.

I’m confident Sophia will be equally appalled, regardless of the aesthetic.

Sitting in a restaurant
She walked by
I seem to recall that certain look in your eye
I asked who’s that?
You said with a smile
Oh, it’s nobody
Nobody

Well, maybe that explains the last two weeks
You called me up, dead on your feet
Working late again
I ask who with
You say nobody
Oh, nobody

Well, your nobody called today
She hung up when I asked her name
Well, I wonder
Does she think she’s being clever?

You say nobody’s after you
The fact is what you say is true
But I can love you like nobody can even better

Late last night
We went for a ride
You were miles away
I asked who’s on your mind?

You said nobody, nobody
Why do you ask?
Oh, her again
I could have told you that

We went back home
Got ready for bed
I said to myself I’ve got one shot left
You’re still mine
And I won’t stand in line behind nobody
Oh, nobody

Well, your nobody called today
She hung up when I asked her name
Well, I wonder
Does she think she’s being clever?

You say nobody’s after you
The fact is what you say is true
But I can love you like nobody can even better

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,787: ‘Nobody’ – Sylvia Hutton

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Lol. I noticed Sophia was buying records at the store, but had no idea this was one of them. And, like you, I would not have recognized this artist by name, but I remember the song quite well from my teen yeats.

    And, yeah, the lyrics are pretty awful, though the music isn’t much better. Maybe there will be some hidden jewels in the rest of the album.

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