"Nowhere Man" as written by and John Charles Wiltshire Butler....
I'm in and I'm out
Alien, from somewhere else
Don't know what the hell I be on about
From here and there
Belong, nowhere
Seems so many know the name... now
And things don't seem to be the same
But are somehow
'cause all my life I've lived on the... outside
And now I'm in, but in nowhere

Nowhere man
Nowhere man
Nowhere man
Nowhere man
Strangely enough I'm more like a lone tree
I love those forests but alone better suits me
But I love to share
Just like the pollen loves to be free
Flying through the air
Nowhere better suits me
Somewhere down deep inside
Of me
I guess I always wanted to be part of that we
And now I found that in my... family
And now I'm happy just to be

Nowhere man
Nowhere man



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"Nowhere Man" as written by John Charles Wiltshire Butler

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    General Comment1st pg-
    [ i ] belong nowhere?
    2nd pg-
    Seem[s] so many...?
    4th-
    Strangely enough I'm more like [ a lawn tree]?

    Minor changes, if they are even right. That's what it sounds like to me. Nice though, caught some things i didnt (and were crazy.. haha).

    Beautiful song.
    mpr42on April 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNo comments on this? Wow. Awesome tune. Absolutely fabulous live.
    Technicolor_Dreamson November 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentisn't it "lone tree"
    not lawn tree..???

    i love this song.
    he has great love songs, i feel this is more of an unconditional love of oneself, no matter how bad things can get, you have to be able to depend on yourself.
    waywardsailoron May 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think in verse 2 "northern man" is "know the name"
    verse 1 is "i belong nowhere"
    waywardsailoron May 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe last verse is "be part of that we"
    and it should be "I belong nowhere" in the first verse

    Great song, I think this song is about finding your purpose in life. He begins not really having a place in life ("alien from somewhere else"). He does not have something or somewhere that stabilizes his life ("But from here and there, I belong nowhere") and nothing that gives him a reason to be somewhere.

    Then he finds something to hold on to and be part of ("seem so many know the name"), but it doesn't really please him like he thought it would "Now things don�t seem to be the same, But they are some how" and it ends up giving him the same feelings of not belonging anywhere that he had before. Then he says that he feels the same being part of this thing as he did without it "Cause all my life I lived on the outside, But now I'm in, but in nowhere" so its not really giving him the purpose he wants.

    "Strangely enough I'm more
    like lone trees
    I love those forests
    but alone better suits me but"
    This surprises him, but he realizes that he liked being without this new thing in his life more than with it.

    "I love to share just like the pollen loves to be free
    And flying in through the air
    nowhere better suits me"
    I think he's saying that continually moving and trying new things in his life and not having that something to belong to is what he likes best.

    "Somewhere down deep inside in me
    I guess I always wanted to
    be part of that we
    And now I found that in my family
    And now I'm happy just to be

    Nowhere Man "

    Then at the end he finally realizes that he doesn't just want to fly through the air, but actually have something to be a part of. He finds this through his family, and now he's happy because he can just be himself and still belong.

    Think about this song pertaining to John's life as a homeless man who made it into society through music, but only to find he didn't like society yet still wanted to belong to something and found it through his family. I think this is what he inspired him to write this.
    lookupattheskyon August 03, 2009   Link

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