From the recording Everybody's Talkin'
"Everybody's Talkin'" is a folk rock song released by Fred Neil in 1966 that became a global success for Harry Nilsson in 1969, reaching #2 after it was featured on the soundtrack for the film Midnight Cowboy. and #6 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and Pop Singles chart respectively and winning a Grammy after it was featured on the soundtrack for the film The song, which describes the speaker's desire to retreat from other people to the ocean, is among the most famous works of both artists. It has been covered by many notable artists. The song later appeared in the 1994 film Forrest Gump and is also on the film's soundtrack. It also appeared in the 1989 episode The Jolly Boys Outing, in the English sitcom Only Fools and Horses.
The song was first released on Neil's second album, 1966's self-titled Fred Neil. It was composed towards the end of the session, after Neil had become anxious to wrap the album so he could return to his home in Miami, Florida. Manager Herb Cohen promised that if Neil wrote and recorded a final track, he could go. "Everybody's Talkin'", recorded in one take, was the result.
Nilson was searching for a potentially successful song when Rick Jarrard played the track for him, and he decided to release it on his 1968 album Aerial Ballet. When Derek Taylor recommended Nilsson for the Midnight Cowboy soundtrack to director John Schlesinger, Schlesinger selected "Everybody's Talkin'", preferring the cover to the song Nilsson proposed, "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City".
The song was used as the theme song for the movie and became closely identified with it; Nilsson's cover is also known as "Everybody's Talkin' (Theme from Midnight Cowboy)". William J. Mann in his biography of Schlesinger noted that "one cannot imagine Midnight Cowboy now without 'Everybody's Talkin''".