Nobody Does It Better Week 85

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Marvin Hamlisch wrote the music and Carole Bayer Sager wrote the lyrics to the song ‘Nobody Does It Better’, which was the theme for the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me.  In 1977, this song charted #7 in the UK and #2 in the US spending three weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 and it went to #1 on the Easy Listening chart.  Carly Simon sang this and she released it on her The Spy Who Loved Me Soundtrack album.  Unlike all previous Bond songs except Dr. No, this one isn’t named after the movie, and the film isn’t even mentioned in the chorus, but the film title is mentioned in the first verse, “But like heaven above me, the spy who loved me is keepin’ all my secrets safe tonight.”  Hamlisch and Bayer Sager didn’t write the song for the movie, but producer Richard Perry convinced them to submit it, and Cubby Broccoli the Bond producer loved it.  They reworked the song to make it work for 007 and get the movie mentioned in the lyrics.  The song is a lust-drunk anthem about James Bond’s sexual prowess and it became Simon’s longest-charting hit, as well the most successful hit of hers that she did not write herself.

Carly performed with her sister Lucy as the Simon Sisters.  In 1966, Bob Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman had the idea of pairing Carly with Richie Havens, but when that didn’t pan out Grossman set out to produce an album for her.  Dylan re-wrote the song ‘Baby, Let Me Follow You Down’ for her, but the sound engineer Bob Johnston refused to mix the tracks when she wouldn’t put out for him.

She got her first big exposure by opening for Cat Stevens at the Troubadour in Los Angles, California in April 1971.  Her classic ‘Anticipation’ was inspired and written about Cat Stevens while she was waiting for him to come to her house for dinner.  Simon rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records and she won a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1971.  In 1972, she had her first hit single, ‘You’re So Vain’.  That same year she married musician James Taylor.  They had two children, but divorced in 1983.  She was the first artist to have won three major awards an Oscar, Grammy and a Golden Globe for her 1988 song ‘Let the River Run’.  Carly was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994 and she turned 75 on June 25th this year.

Nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Baby, you’re the best

I wasn’t lookin’ but somehow you found me
It tried to hide from your love light
But like heaven above me
The spy who loved me
Is keepin’ all my secrets safe tonight

And nobody does it better
Though sometimes I wish someone could
Nobody does it quite the way you do
Why’d you have to be so good?

The way that you hold me
Whenever you hold me
There’s some kind of magic inside you
That keeps me from runnin’
But just keep it comin’
How’d you learn to do the things you do?

Oh, and nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Baby, baby, darlin’, you’re the best

Baby you’re the best
Darlin’, you’re the best
Baby you’re the best

Oh, oh, oh

The challenge today is to focus on this song and use it for a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or a poem that you can share with the WordPress writing community.  There is no need to stick with this song, as if you like to write about another Carly Simon song, or a song that is about a spy, or someone that is really good at what they do, then go with that.  You might also go with a song that mentions Nobody, or Better in it.  Or you could write a post about James Bond.  If you would like to write about another Marvin Hamlisch song or a Carole Bayer Sager song, that would also work.

The whole point of this MM Music challenge is to get you to think, to trigger something so that you can show how creative you are and everyone is welcome to participate.  This challenge is very loose, so pretty much whatever you come up with will be acceptable.  I try to throw some ideas out there for you and if they seem right, then go with it.  You could write about a song sung by another female lead singer, like Carole King, Joni Mitchell, or Linda Ronstadt.  You could even write about a song by James Taylor, or Cat Stevens, or Bob Dylan, or Richie Havens.  If you want to write who you think was the best James Bond, Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or Daniel Craig, then go with that.

Dylan Hughes will be here on next Friday August 14 with her First Line Friday and she will give you a sentence which you are supposed to use as the first line in your post, then you write whatever you like after that.  I will be back on Friday, August 21 with another MM Music Challenge where we will discuss the song ‘Against All Odds’.  When you are finished writing your post, create a ping back to this post, but you can also place your link in the comments section below if you desire.  This Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Music challenge has a special feature called Mr. Linky, which will allow you to instantly link your post after you click the Mr. Linky Button, and permit everyone to read your post sooner that way, and then follow the directions that are given.


  1. Reblogged this on A Unique Title For Me and commented:

    Nobody does it better than Carly Simon, who rose to fame in the 1970s with a string of hit records and for my money she is the best, at least that’s the way I’ve always heard it should be. I have always waited in Anticipation for her new music to come out, but maybe it is because I’m so vein. Over the course of her career, Simon has amassed 24 Billboard Hot 100 charting singles, won 2 Grammy Awards, and has been called one of the quintessential singer-songwriters of the ‘70s. Stop by the MM Music challenge today and listen to her lovely voice, better yet join in on the fun.


  2. Great info Jim…I always liked the song. I bought the single when I was a kid…my dad would kid me…son…you don’t know what that is about and you don’t need to.

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      • No he was about the most liberal man I’ve ever met…he was talking about the sex Carly probably meant…no one does it better.
        No he was just kidding with me…Dad had 70 kidney stones in his life and in the seventies they gave him all kinds of medicine…Quaaludes, Codeine, everthing… he was an Elvis type person…take something to get up and something to go to bed…
        Mom went to the hospital to see him…he was in bed with a nurse…hence the divorce.

        Sorry for the book Jim!

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      • Everybody that ever watched a James Bond movie, knew that he had sex with every girl that he ever met, so I can see your dad’s point. That is awful having all of those kidney stones. Hey I have a special post that I am doing for Sunday to commemorate Jerry Garcia being dead for 25 years. It is a quiz and it should be fun, hope that you stop by.

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      • You know I never watched a James Bond movie until I was in my 40s…I didn’t think I would like them all of my life…boy was I wrong. I love them…but I like Connery and Moore the best.

        I sure will.

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      • Timothy Dalton wasn’t bad…my problem with Craig…he just doesnt look like Bond to me…that is just me though.

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