Nowhere Man (song)


Nowhere Man (song)
"Nowhere Man"
Song by The Beatles from the album Rubber Soul
Released 3 December 1965
Recorded 21–22 October 1965,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rock[1]
Length 2:44
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
Rubber Soul track listing
Music sample
"Nowhere Man"
"Nowhere Man"
Single by The Beatles
B-side "What Goes On"
Released 15 February 1966 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded 21–22 October 1965,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rock[1]
Length 2:44
Label Parlophone
Writer(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
Certification Gold (RIAA)[2]
The Beatles singles chronology
"We Can Work It Out" /
"Day Tripper"
(1965)
"Nowhere Man"
(US-1966)
"Paperback Writer"
(1966)

"Nowhere Man" is a song by The Beatles, from their hit album Rubber Soul (in the United States on the Yesterday ... and Today album).[3] The song was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney).

It was recorded on 21 and 22 October 1965. "Nowhere Man" is among the very first Beatles' songs to be entirely unrelated to romance or love, and marks a notable instance of Lennon's philosophically-oriented songwriting.[4] It was released as a single (although not in the United Kingdom) on 15 February 1966, and reached #1 in Australia and Canada and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Lennon, McCartney and George Harrison sing the song in three-part harmony. The song appears in the film Yellow Submarine, where the Beatles sing it after meeting the character Jeremy Hilary Boob in the "nowhere land".

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Interpretation

Lennon claimed that he wrote the song about himself. He wrote it after racking his brain in desperation for five hours, trying to come up with another song for Rubber Soul. Lennon told Playboy: "I'd spent five hours that morning trying to write a song that was meaningful and good, and I finally gave up and lay down. Then 'Nowhere Man' came, words and music, the whole damn thing as I lay down".[5]

McCartney said of the song: "That was John after a night out, with dawn coming up. I think at that point, he was a bit...wondering where he was going, and to be truthful so was I. I was starting to worry about him".[6]

Personnel

Personnel per Ian MacDonald[7]

Other recordings

Notes

References

External links


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