Song Lyric Sunday — That’s Nonsense

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams leveraged Amy Braun’s suggested to find songs that include nonsense lyrics. I’m going with a song that uses a word that I thought might have been a girl’s name, but it turned out to be a nonsense word: “Sussudio” by Phil Collins.

“Sussudio” was written and performed by English singer-songwriter Phil Collins. It was released as a single in January 1985, and was the first track on Collins’ third solo studio album, No Jacket Required, which was released a month after the single. By July both the single and the album reached number 1 on their respective U.S. Billboard charts.

“Su-sussudio” is a perfect example of a singer substituting nonsensical lyrics in a song in progress as a placeholder and having those nonsense lyrics ultimately sticking. When Phil Collins wrote the song, he was just goofing off with a drum machine, and he simply sang those random sounds over it. Unable to later find real words that fit with the flow and theme of the song, his improvised lyric became a chorus, and nobody really knew why they were singing it or what it meant.

Collins said, “I kind of knew I had to find something else for that word, then I went back and tried to find another word that scanned as well as ‘sussudio,’ and I couldn’t find one, so I went back to ‘sussudio.’”

Collins added, “Then I thought okay, let’s give it a meaning, what is it? The lyrics are based on this schoolboy crush on this girl at school. In the lyrics this boy loves her but they don’t talk about it…how do they know? ‘I know she likes me, I know she likes me, doesn’t know my name, doesn’t know I exist, but I know she likes me.’ That’s what the song is about, so ‘sussudio’ became a name for this person, and since it’s become a name for a horse. My older daughter’s got a horse called Sussudio, and I’m sure there are children all over the world with the name Sussudio, so I apologize for that.”

Here are the lyrics for “Sussudio.”

There’s this girl that’s been on my mind
All the time, Su-Su-Sussudio oh oh
Now she don’t even know my name
But I think she likes me just the same
Su-Su-Sussudio oh oh

Ah if she called me I’d be there
I’d come running anywhere
She’s all I need, all my life
I feel so good if I just say the word
Su-Su-Sussudio, just say the word
Oh Su-Su-Sussudio

Now I know that I’m too young
My love has just begun
Su-Su-Sussudio oh oh
Oh give me a chance, give me a sign
I’ll show her anytime
Su-Su-Sussudio oh oh

Ah, I’ve just got to have her, have her now
I’ve got to get closer but I don’t know how
She makes me nervous and makes me scared
But I feel so good if I just say the word
Su-Su-Sussudio, just say the word
Oh Su-Su-Sussudio, oh

Ah, she’s all I need all of my life
I feel so good if I just say the word
Su-Su-Sussudio
I just say the word
Oh Su-Su-Sussudio
I just say the word oh Su-Su-Sussudio
I’ll say the word
Oh, Su-Su-Sussudio oh oh oh
Just say the word
Just, just, just say the word uh
Just say the word
Su-Su-Sussudio (oh oh oh)
Su-Su-Sussudio (oh oh oh)
Su-Su-Sussudio (oh oh oh)
Su-Su-Sussudio (oh oh oh)
Sussudio (oh oh oh)
Su-Su-Sussudio (oh oh oh)
Just say the word
Su-Su-Sussudio (oh oh oh)
say the word oh
Just say the word
Just, just, just say the word

14 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — That’s Nonsense

  1. Maggie December 12, 2021 / 7:25 am

    I was a big Phil Collins fan. Couldn’t help but like this song. 😊

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  2. newepicauthor December 12, 2021 / 7:49 am

    I always liked this Phil Collins song, but I never had a clue what it was about. Thanks for explaining it Fandango and for selecting it today.

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    • Fandango December 12, 2021 / 9:40 pm

      I never knew what is was about, either. That’s what is so great about this prompt. It’s all about the stories behind the songs.

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  3. leigha66 December 12, 2021 / 5:46 pm

    I knew it was a name but I had never known a Sussudio and thought maybe it was common overseas. Live and learn.

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  4. Nope, Not Pam December 13, 2021 / 12:30 am

    Wow, I didn’t even realise it was a nonsense word. Just shows that blind acceptance is common

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