Harry Nilsson

Coconut

Composed by Harry Nilsson

Song Review by

With its lazy, fingerpicking blues guitar figure, "Coconut" is one of Harry Nilsson's best-remembered original compositions. Musically, there is a strong Bahamian feel to the music, and the lyrics -- while arguably a bit of nonsense -- are charming nonetheless. It's based on the old saying "the cause is the cure," and it sounds as though it's a recipe for a hangover cure -- a subject that Nilsson was intimately familiar with. The song provided Nilsson with a surprise Top 40 hit, and it was also used in a couple of early-'70s television advertisements. Fred Schneider (of the B-52's) cut a wickedly wild version for the Everybody Sings Nilsson tribute album.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Nilsson Schmilsson 1971 BMG
Songwriter 1972 RCA 3:58
No Image 1978 RCA
Harry Nilsson's Greatest Hits 1983 RCA
Everybody's Talkin' & Other Hits 1989 RCA
Reservoir Dogs [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1992
Original Soundtrack
Universal 3:50
Pulp Fiction & Reservoir Dogs 1994
Original Soundtrack
MCA 3:50
Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology 1995 RCA 3:49
Sun Splashin' 1996
Various Artists
Madacy 3:50
Ice Storm 1997
Original Soundtrack
Velvel Records 3:50
Hits of the 70's [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:51
Practical Magic [#2] 1998
Original Soundtrack
Reprise 3:51
The Best of Nilsson 1999 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution
Bikini.Com: Summer Groovin' 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:50
Dick [Virgin] 1999
Original Soundtrack
Virgin 3:46
Mellow Rock Classics 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution
Everybody's Talkin': The Very Best of Harry Nilsson [Camden] 2000 Camden 3:54
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:50
Walk on the Wild Side: Hits of the Seventies 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:51
Instant Party: Blow-Out! 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:54
Everybody's Talkin' [Armoury] 2001 Armoury Records 3:53
Without You 2001 DJ Specialist / Disky 3:53
Greatest Hits [2002] 2002 BMG Heritage / RCA
The Masters 2002 Eagle Rock 3:53
Greatest Hits [Japan Import] 2002 BMG 3:48
Sunsplashin 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:50
Daddy Day Care 2003
Original Soundtrack
Columbia 3:54
The Best of Harry Nilsson [BMG Import] 2003 BMG Special Products 3:46
Singers and Songwriters: Storytellers 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Real 70's: The Polyester Hits 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:53
Tiki Lounge 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:52
Summertime Hits [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
BMG / BMG Special Products / Sony Music Distribution 3:53
Maximum Cowbell 2006
Various Artists
Sony BMG 3:50
Everybody's Talkin': The Very Best of Harry Nilsson [RCA] 2006 Legacy / RCA 3:52
Collections 2006 Legacy / Sony BMG 3:48
Summer Sippin's 2006
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 3:51
One: The Best of Nilsson 2007 Music Club Records / Music Club Deluxe 3:49
Panama Jack: Island Party 2007
Various Artists
Sbme Special Mkts. / Sony CMG / Sony Music 3:52
Without You: The Best of Harry Nilsson 2009 Camden / Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution
All Time Dance Party Classics 2009
Various Artists
Collectables 3:52
Original Album Classics 2009 Sony BMG / RCA 3:50
Pure... Summer 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:50
Playlist: The Very Best of Harry Nilsson 2013 Sony BMG / Sony Music
The  Essential Nilsson 2013 RCA 3:53
The RCA Albums Collection 2013 RCA / Sony Legacy / Sony Music 4:02
100 Hits: Acoustic 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:52
The Real... 2014 Columbia / Sony Music 3:51
100 Hits: Supreme 70s 2014
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:51
100 Essential Tracks: Summer
Various Artists
Sony Music
Flashback Sony Music Entertainment 3:50
No Image
Original Soundtrack
Reprise 3:54
Pure... Singer Songwriters
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:48
Samba Summer
Various Artists
Sony Music
Stir It Up [Sony Music]
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:52
Summer Breeze [Platinum Legends]
Various Artists
Platinum Legends 3:51
Sun Jammin' [Sony]
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 3:53
Ultimate... 70s
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:48
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