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I've tried to compile a list below of all of Gilbert's songs, including each of the different versions. The majority of these songs have been released and are available on CD.  Some of them have never been recorded but have only ever been heard in Gilbert's live concerts and a handful of these songs have never been heard in public. Where songs have been released on vinyl, I've tried to mention a CD alternative. Click on the record sleeve to hear song samples. If you spot an error or have some information to add to this list, please email me by clicking HERE. The best place to buy Gilbert's music is at Bygum Records



Song Time Released Format Single/Album Title Sleeve Label Available on CD CD Title Label Released Hear It Here Buy It Here
A FRIEND OF MINE

[Version 1]

3:23 Sept 1973 Vinyl Album I'm A Writer Not A Fighter I'm A Writer Not A Fighter MAM SS-505 I'm A Writer Not A Fighter Salvoxcd001 Apr 2012 Bygum Records Bygum Records

Note: Produced by Gordon Mills.  Recorded at Audio International Studios, London

Adding Mary Ann, Ted, Sarah Jane and Homer the dog to the growing list of characters introduced in Gilbert's songs, 'A Friend of Mine' features a mildly eccentric narrator greeting ladies, offering advice and suggesting that if you're 'good and kind', he'll be your friend for life.

Gilbert: "I really like this song, nice middle section.  We still do it live in concert, it's very popular especially in Scandinavia.  Sarah Jane was [arranger/conductor] Johnnie Spence's daughter, but there's no real significance to the names.  Mary Ann is a beer in Jersey!"

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A FRIEND OF MINE

[Version 2 - Live Version]

3:18 1995 CD Album The Best of Gilbert O'Sullivan - Live In Japan The Best Of Gilbert O'Sullivan Live In Japan The Hit Record Co. Ltd. Yes        

Note: Produced by Gilbert.  Recorded at Nakano-Sunplaza, Tokyo in Feb 1993.

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A LOVE SO 2:51 May 2003 CD Album Piano Foreplay Piano Foreplay Victor 62326 Yes        

Note: Produced by Gilbert and Mark Flannery.  Recorded at "Jersey Rock Studios", Channel Islands.

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A MINUTE OF YOUR TIME 3:40 June 1982 Vinyl Single A Minute Of Your Time A Minute Of Your Time CBS 2452 Life & Rhymes Life & Rhymes Bygum BGR 117 2007 Bygum Records

Note: Produced by Gordon Mills.  Recorded at Audio International Studios, London

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A PROPER FOOL 3:19 Oct 2006 CD Album

A Scruff At Heart

[Japanese Release]

A Scruff At Heart VICP 63614 Yes       Bygum Records

Note: Produced by Gilbert.  Recorded at "Jersey Rock Studios", Channel Islands.  Also available on the UK release of "A Scruff At Heart" [June 2007].

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A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES 3:40 June 2000 CD Album Irlish Irlish Kitty 1175 Yes       Bygum Records

Note: Produced by Gilbert and Mark Flannery.  Recorded at "Close To The Hedge Studios", Jersey.  Also available on the Irish release of "Irlish" [Apr 2001].

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A VERY EXTRAORDINARY SORT OF GIRL

2:18 March 1973 Vinyl Single

Get Down

[B-side]

Get Down MAM 96 I'm A Writer Not A Fighter Salvoxcd001 Apr 2012 Bygum Records

Note: Produced by Gordon Mills.

An up-beat, whimsical portrait of a ‘perfect’ female who can perform alchemy, rope-tricks and glue your heart together after she’s broken it, featuring a uniquely strange synth solo.  “Just Gordon and myself, I played drums and piano, Gordon, keyboards and synth bass.  Bit of engineering trickery made the solo sound like that.”

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A WOMAN'S PLACE

[Version 1]

3:16 Aug 1974 Vinyl Single A Woman's Place A Woman's Place MAM 122 A Stranger In My Own Back Yard Salvoxcd004 June 2012 Bygum Records

Produced by Gordon Mills.  Recorded at A and R Studios, New York and Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles.

The controversial lead single from the album was a cracking, Philly-style track with a classic lick, a version of which reappeared recently in Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You”.  While the sentiment “a woman’s place is in the home” was merely a genuine reflection of Gilbert’s traditional if possibly out-moded beliefs, the song was taken as sexist provocation, not least by BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, who hosted a debate about the piece.  Pop radio, for their part, refused to play it.

Gilbert: “In fairness I do say ‘I’m all for a woman who can make it on her own’ and that I don’t want people to become like men.  But I come from a family where my mother was a housewife and when I got married, I didn’t want my wife to work.  Being at home, especially with young children is as important, if not more, than any job.  These days of course, easier said than done!”

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A WOMAN'S PLACE

[Version 2 - Live Version]

3:38 1995 CD Album The Best of Gilbert O'Sullivan - Live In Japan The Best Of Gilbert O'Sullivan Live In Japan ROJOC 1024 Yes        

Note: Produced by Gilbert.  Recorded at Nakano-Sunplaza, Tokyo in Feb 1993.

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AIN'T NO TELLING (WHAT TOMORROW WILL BRING)

[Version 1]

4:09  Feb 1996 CD Single Ain't No Telling (What Tomorrow Will Bring) Ain't No Telling [What Tomorrow Will Bring] Budde Musikverlag GMBH Yes        

Note: Produced by Chris Tsangarides and Gilbert.  Written for the 1996 Ski-flying World Championship in Austria. Only difference to UK single release [1998] is one line in the chorus is sung by a group of skiers. Not on general sale.

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AIN'T NO TELLING (WHAT TOMORROW WILL BRING)

[Version 2]

4:03 Feb 1996 CD Single Ain't No Telling (What Tomorrow Will Bring) Ain't No Telling [What Tomorrow Will Bring] Budde Musikverlag GMBH Yes        

Note: Produced by Chris Tsangarides and Gilbert.  Instrumental.  Not on general sale.

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AIN'T NO TELLING (WHAT TOMORROW WILL BRING)

[Version 3]

4:03 Oct 1998 CD Single Ain't No Telling (What Tomorrow Will Bring) Ain't No Telling [What Tomorrow Will Bring] PRKCD 412 Yes        

Note: Produced by Chris Tsangarides and Gilbert.

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ALL IN THE MIND   Unreleased         No        

Note: Played live on the Dutch tour 1997

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ALL THEY WANTED TO SAY 4:05 Jan 2011 CD Album Gilbertville Gilbertville Hypertention HYP 11275 Yes       Bygum Records

Note: Backing vocals by Niamh McNally who also tours with Gilbert

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ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)

[Version 1]

3:37 Feb 1972 Vinyl Single Alone Again (Naturally) Alone Again (Naturally) MA 66 The Very Best Of Gilbert O'Sullivan USMTVCD002 March 2012 Bygum Records

Note: Produced by Gordon Mills.  6 weeks at number 1 in the U.S. charts [Aug/Sept '72]

The song’s blending of a sorry tale (suicidal thoughts, being jilted on a wedding day, parental bereavement) with a casually beautiful melody proved an extraordinary potent recipe.  A massive hit for Gilbert in m"Verdana">Gilbert: “At the time of writing I was in a good mood but the lyric, which is dealing with serious issues, is based on an understanding of what I think someone going through those kind of situations might be feeling.  There’s nothing personal in it.  For me you don’t have to experience a situation to be able to write about it.  I’ve heard from a lot of people about how much that songs meant to them.  Of course people like many other songs of mine and look upon those as their favourites, but there are certain songs that seem to take it to another level.  And the great thing is, as the writer you are never going to, or should, know why.

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ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)

[Version 2]

2:44 1993 CD Single Thankfulness Thankfulness Kitty KC-0051 Best Hits & Rarities VICP-62766 2004  

Note: Recorded in Studio Key-Stone Oct '91 and called the "Present Version". Performed solo on electric piano with no guitar solo. The CD also included a message from Gilbert's to his Japanese fans.

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ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)

[Version 3 - Live Version]

3:44 Aug 1993 CD Album Tomorrow Today - Live In Japan '93 Tomorrow, Today - Live in Japan '93 Insideout TOCP-7843 Yes        

Note: Produced by Gilbert.  Recorded at Nakano-Sunplaza, Tokyo in Feb 1993.

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ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)

[Version 4 - Live Version]

3:36 Feb 2005 DVD/CD Album Live At duo Music Exchange Live At The Duo Exchange DVBD 10001/B Only available as part of the DVD/CD set        

Note: Produced by Gilbert.  Recorded at duo Music Exchange, Tokyo in June 2004.

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ALWAYS SOMEBODY

0:47 Oct 1974 Vinyl Album A Stranger In My Own Back Yard A Stranger In My Own Back Yard MAM SS-506 A Stranger In My Own Back Yard Salvoxcd004 June 2012 Bygum Records

Note: Produced by Gordon Mills.  Recorded at A and R Studios, New York and Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles.

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AN END 0:15 Nov 1997 CD Album

Singer Sowing Machine

[UK Release]

Singer Sowing Machine PRKCD 41 Yes        

Note: Produced by Gilbert and Mark Flannery.  Recorded at "Close To The Hedge Studios", Jersey.

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ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD (PLEASE) 3:34 May 2003 CD Album Piano Foreplay Piano Foreplay Victor 62326 Yes        

Note: Produced by Gilbert and Mark Flannery.  Recorded at "Jersey Rock Studios", Channel Islands.

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ANYTIME 3:02 Sept 1993 CD Single Anytime Anytime TODP-2428 Caricature Caricature - The Box Rhino RHM2 7849 Jan 2004 Bygum Records

Note: Produced by Gilbert and Mark Flannery.

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ARE YOU HAPPY

[Version 1]

3:14 Apr 1993 CD Album

Sounds of the Loop

[UK Release]

Sounds Of the Loop [UK release] PRKCD19 Yes        

Note: Produced by Gilbert.

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ARE YOU HAPPY

[Version 2]

3:29 Nov 1993 CD Single Are You Happy? Are You Happy? PRKCD 21 Yes        

Note: Produced by Gilbert.  Same as Version 1 except at the beginning Gilbert sings "do, de do, de do de do da da" a couple of times.

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AS A RULE

2:46 Nov 1992 CD Album The Little Album The Little Album Kitty KTCR-1222 By Larry By Larry PRKCD 25 Apr 1994 Bygum Records

Note: Produced by Gilbert.  Recorded at Windmill Studios, Dublin.

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AS LONG AS I CAN

[Version 1]

2:16 July 1977 Vinyl Single

You Got Me Going

  [B-Side]

You Got Me Going MAM 167 No        

Note: Produced by Gilbert.  This version has a saxophone solo.

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AS LONG AS I CAN

[Version 2]

2:21 Apr 1992 CD Album Rare Tracks Rare Tracks Kitty 1152 Yes       Bygum Records

Note: Produced by Gilbert.  This version has a piano solo.

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ASSAULT AND VINEGAR  4:50 Unreleased         No        

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AT LEAST I'M HONEST 3:01 Oct 1982 Vinyl Album Life & Rhymes Life & Rhymes CBS 85668 Yes       Bygum Records

Note: Produced by Graham Gouldman.  Recorded at Windmill Lane Recording Studio, Dublin.

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AT THE VERY MENTION OF YOUR NAME

[Version 1]

5:15 Nov 1987 Vinyl Album/CD Album Frobisher Drive Frobisher Drive Ultraphone 8.26710 Yes        

Note: Produced by Ken Gold.  Very gradual haunting beginning to the song.  Also available on "In The Key Of G" [Nov 1989].

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AT THE VERY MENTION OF YOUR NAME

[Version 2]

4:51 June 1990 Vinyl Single At The Very Mention Of Your Name At The Very Mention Of Your Name Dover ROJ6 The Very Best Of Gilbert O'Sullivan USMTVCD002 Mar 2012 Bygum Records

Note: Produced by David Foster.

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AT THE VERY MENTION OF YOUR NAME

[Version 3 - Live Version]

4:10 Aug 1993 CD Album Tomorrow Today - Live In Japan '93 Tomorrow, Today - Live in Japan '93 Insideout TOCP-7843 Yes        

Note: Produced Gilbert.  Recorded at Nakano-Sunplaza, Tokyo in Feb 1993.


Song descriptions by Chris Ingram

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Song descriptions by Chris Ingram