Bee Gees

Words

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Written specifically for the British film The Mini Mob (The Mini-Affair in the U.S.), starring '60s heartthrob Georgie Fame, the stately, gentle "Words" was released as a single in January 1968 and brought the new year in with a bang, reaching number 15 on the pop charts. It ultimately found a home on The Best of the Bee Gees compilation the following year. According to Robin Gibb, the song was inspired by separate arguments which he and brother Barry had just endured. Neither was about anything in particular, "they were just words. That is what the song is all about; words can make you happy...or sad." Interestingly, Barry alone sings on the record. It was the first Bee Gees single not to feature both brothers. An enduring live favorite, "Words" has also spawned several memorable covers, most notably Rita Coolidge's 1978 U.K. hit rendering.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Horizontal 1968 Reprise 0:00
Best of Bee Gees 1969 Polydor 3:18
The Super Groups 1969
Various Artists
Atco
No Image 1976 Polydor 3:13
No Image 1983 RSO
Tales From the Brothers Gibb 1990 Polydor 3:14
Classic Rock: 1968 - Blowin' Your Mind 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:17
The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 9 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 3:20
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Rhino
#1 Love Album, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Polygram
Very Best of the Bee Gees 1998 PolyGram 3:16
Best! 2000 1999 RSO 3:16
History 2001 Universal International 3:17
Their Greatest Hits: The Record 2001 Reprise 3:17
No Image 2004
Too Much Heaven: Songs of the Brothers Gibb 2004 Retroactive 3:17
Love Songs 2005 Polydor / Virgin EMI 3:18
The Studio Albums 1967-1968 2006 Reprise / Rhino 3:20
The Ultimate Bee Gees 2009 Bee Gees / Polydor 3:18
Mythology: The 50th Anniversary Collection 2010 Bee Gees / Reprise / Rhino 3:19
VH1 Storytellers 1996 2016 Zip City 3:46
Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits 2017 Capitol 3:17
No Image Bee Gees 3:16