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"I can't live if living is without you!"

Nilsson Schmilsson is the seventh album by singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson, released on October 1971 by the RCA Victor label. It was Nilsson's most commercially successful album, with his cover of "Without You" reaching the #1 position on March 11, 1972. The album was also supported by well-known hit singles "Coconut" and "Jump into the Fire"


Side One
  1. "Gotta Get Up" (2:24)
  2. "Driving Along" (2:02)
  3. "Early in the Morning" (2:48)
  4. "The Moonbeam Song" (3:18)
  5. "Down" (3:24)

Side Two

  1. "Without You" (3:17)
  2. "Coconut" (3:48)
  3. "Let the Good Times Roll" (2:42)
  4. "Jump into the Fire" (6:54)
  5. "I'll Never Leave You" (4:11)


She put the trope in the coconut and drank 'em both up:

  • Break-Up Song: "Without You"
  • Cover Version: "Early in the Morning" (Louis Jordan), "Without You" (Badfinger) and "Let the Good Times Roll" (Shirley and Lee).
  • Epic Rocking: The album version of "Jump into the Fire" nears the seven minute mark.
  • Healing Potion: Apparently, if you put a lime in a coconut and drink 'em both up, your belly-ache should be gone in the morning. Only, not.
  • Looped Lyrics: "Jump into the Fire"
  • New Sound Album: The album added extensive rock elements to his music for the first time, culminating with the Epic Rocking of "Jump into the Fire".
  • Non Standard Prescription: In the song "Coconut", a woman puts lime in the coconut and drinks them both up, and gets a bellyache. She calls her doctor (wakes him up) and the doctor prescribes... lime in the coconut, drink them both together. Then she'll feel better.
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  • Power Ballad: "Without You" was an early attempt to mix ingredients that later became Power Ballad mainstays.note  What makes it interesting is that Nilsson was approaching it from the opposite direction: a pop guy adding heavier elements to his music.
  • Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!: "Coconut" was performed in a West Indian feel.
  • Word Schmord: The title of the album.


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