♫ No Matter What ♫ (Redux)

I played this one back in 2018, and again two years later.  I rather like it, so I’m playing it again tonight, for I’m too exhausted to go in search of something new.  Perhaps tomorrow …


This one is a little off the beaten path, so some may not remember it.  It never got above #5 on the UK charts, and #8 in the US.  It did better, however, in South Africa where it hit #1 for a brief time.  It’s one of those that I don’t think about often, but about twice a year, for no discernible reason, it pops into my head and stays for a day or two.  I like the rhythm, but as with most songs, just tonight I discovered that I had been singing the lyrics all wrong!  I’ve been singing “Down by the ol’ mill stream, be a part of it all”, when in fact it is “Knock down the old grey wall, and be a part of it all”.  Sigh.  deaf

The song was recorded by the band Badfinger in April 1970 at Abbey Road Studios under the Beatles’ label, Apple Records.  Some actually thought it was the Beatles when they first heard it, and Peter Ham actually used one of George Harrison’s Gibson guitars on this.

This song is also noted for its false ending, after the final chorus, where, after a short pause, the song repeats the last line twice before its final ending chord.

No Matter What
Badfinger

No matter what you are
I will always be with you
Doesn’t matter what you do girl, oh girl with you
No matter what you do
I will always be around

Won’t you tell me what you found girl, oh girl won’t you
Knock down the old grey wall, and be a part of it all
Nothing to say, nothing to see, nothing to do
If you would give me all, as I would give it to you
Nothing would be, nothing would be, nothing would be

No matter where you go
There will always be a place
Can’t you see in my face girl, oh girl don’t you
Knock down the old grey wall, and be a part of it all
Nothing to say, nothing to see, nothing to do
If you would give me all, as I would give it to you
Nothing would be, nothing would be, nothing would be

No matter what you are
I will always be with you
Doesn’t matter what you do girl, oh girl want you
Oh girl, you girl, want you
Oh girl, you girl, want you

Songwriters: Peter William Ham
No Matter What lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

31 thoughts on “♫ No Matter What ♫ (Redux)

  1. The song seemed vaguely familiar and a quick search revealed that it spent 11 weeks on the NZ charts, reaching #5 in February 1971. It does have a very Beatlesque sound which may be why I don’t remember it as I didn’t care much for that style of music at that time.

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    • It never ceases to amaze me how a song, or even just a line from a song can bring back memories, even the memories we didn’t know we had! So, you weren’t a Beatles fan, eh? I wasn’t at first, but as I heard more and more of them, I came to like their music.

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      • I prefer their later music such as “Strawberry Fields”, “Eleanor Rigby” and “Penny Lane”, but I can’t say that I was really a fan of their music. On the other hand I sported a Beatles haircut for many years (well a close approximation of one given my hair in those days was quite curly), and had a couple of Beatles style jackets. I was a fan of their fashion more than a fan of their music 🤣

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  3. I hope it was just me, but this video stopped and started so often I had to turn it off. Tried again, same thing. So I went to YouTube and listened there. No problem.
    But really, I am not sure what anyone sees in this song, The music is okay, but the lyrics go nowhere.

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    • Nobody else has mentioned it, and I watched it last night without any problems, so it may have been either your computer or your browser? Sorry you weren’t thrilled with the lyrics … I rather liked them.

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  4. Just THANK YOU for bringing this ‘stuff’ up again and again – I totally thought it was a Beatles song. But it doesn’t matter, I just love the nostalgic vibe; shows my age I guess…. Hope you’re feeling better tomorrow.

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    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m always amazed when I play something and realize it’s 50 years old and I remember it from my teen years! Makes me feel old! Yes, after nearly 6 hours’ sleep, I’m a bit perkier today!

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