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Nothing Compares 2 U
Song

Nothing Compares 2 U

Sinead O Connor
Album:
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

Song Meaning and Background of Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O'Connor


"Nothing Compares 2 U" is a song written and composed by Prince for his side project the Family; the song featured on their 1985 debut album, The Family.


The song features lyrics exploring feelings of longing from the point of view of an abandoned lover.


O’Connor transformed it into a universal declaration of loss. “As far as I’m concerned,” O’Connor would later say, “it’s my song.” For O’Connor, “Nothing Compares 2 U” has become an eternal tribute to her mother, whom she lost as a teenager: “I was always — and am always — singing to my mother,” she wrote of the song. “Every time I perform it, I feel … that I’m talking with her again.”


Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor recorded a version of the song for her second studio album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got in 1990.


Its music video, directed by John Maybury, received heavy rotation on MTV.


O'Connor's version of the song became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in O'Connor's native Ireland, Australia, Canada, Germany, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States


Lyrics of Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O'Connor


It's been seven hours and fifteen days

Since you took your love away

I go out every night and sleep all day

Since you took your love away

 

Since you've been gone I can do whatever I want

I can see whomever I choose

I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant

But nothing

I said nothing can take away these blues

 

'Cause nothing compares

Nothing compares to you

 

It's been so lonely without you here

Like a bird without a song

Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling

Tell me, baby, where did I go wrong

 

I could put my arms around every boy I see

But they'd only remind me of you

I went to the doctor and guess what he told me?

Guess what he told me?

He said, "Girl, you better try to have fun no matter what you do,"

But he's a fool

 

'Cause nothing compares

Nothing compares to you

 

All the flowers that you planted, mama, in the back yard

All died when you went away

I know that living with you, baby, was sometimes hard

But I'm willing to give it another try

 

Nothing compares

Nothing compares to you

Nothing compares

Nothing compares to you

Nothing compares

Nothing compares to you

Release Date

1990

Songwriter/s

Prince

Producer/s

Sinéad O'Connor, Nellee Hooper

Label/s

Chrysalis

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