"Nobody Loves You (When You're Down And Out)" as written by and John / Lennon....
Nobody loves you when you're down and out
Nobody sees you when you're on cloud nine
Everybody's hustlin' for a buck and a dime
I'll scratch your back and you scratch mine

I've been across to the other side
I've shown you everything, I got nothing to hide
And still you ask me do I love you, what it is, what it is
All I can tell you is it's all show biz
All I can tell you is it's all show biz

Nobody loves you when you're down and out
Nobody knows you when you're on cloud nine
Everybody's hustlin' for a buck and a dime
I'll scratch your back and you knife mine

I've been across the water now so many times
I've seen the one eyed witchdoctor leading the blind
And still you ask me do I love you, what you say, what you say
Every time I put my finger on it, it slips away
Every time I put my finger on it, it slips away

Well I get up in the morning and I'm looking in the mirror to see, ooo wee
Then I'm lying in the darkness and I know I can't get to sleep, ooo wee

Nobody loves you when you're old and grey
Nobody needs you when you're upside down
Everybody's hollerin' 'bout their own birthday
Everybody loves you when you're six foot in the ground


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"Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out)" as written by John Winston Lennon

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  • +3
    General CommentLennon had a way of being so brutally honest & captivating at the same time. One of my favorite Lennon songs, underappreciated indeed
    tripperfreekon December 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI had goosebumps when I heard this song. Very honest indeed.
    handsdown4dbeatleson June 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree this is one of my favorites i love this song its so powerful
    shamon July 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a fantastic song. "I've seen the one eyed witchdoctor leading the blind"...Maharishi Mahesh Yogi???
    JAG7202on April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song at night. It is the type of song that doesn't help me sleep.
    TheRighteouson May 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentanyone knows the meaning of cloud nine? George has a song with that title. A great song of john, so painful and so peaceful...yin and yang.....tao...lao tse
    Mr. Mojo Risinon February 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHere's a URL to describe the origins of the phrase "cloud nine":

    phrases.org.uk/meanings/…

    I recommend to everyone the version of this on the "Anthology" collection - divorced from the annoying Phil Spector production, this is one of Lennon's barest & most emotional songs. One of Lennon's greatest gifts was to take a personal experience & make it seem universal - from "I'm A Loser" to "Watching The Wheels" - & certainly the pain he felt when he was separated from Yoko at the this time in his life shines through in this song.

    & of course, it's eerily appropriate after his assassination.
    vchamberlainon February 13, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I've seen the one eyed witchdoctor leading the blind"...the Illuminati perhaps?
    Ysmanon May 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt means John Lennon was an honest man and also an accomplished whistler.
    sdz896542on January 26, 2016   Link

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