"Nobody Told Me" as written by and John Lennon....
Everybody's talking and no one says a word
Everybody's making love and no one really cares
There's Nazis in the bathroom just below the stairs
Always something happening and nothing going on

There's always something happening cooking and nothing in the pot
They're starving back in China so finish what you got
They're starving back in China so finish what you got
Nobody told me there'd be days like these

Nobody told me there'd be days like these
Nobody told me there'd be days like these
Strange days indeed
strange days indeed
Everybody's runnin' and no one makes a move

Everyone's a winner
and no one seems to lose
There's a little yellow idol to the north of Katmandu
Everybody's flying and no one leaves the ground

Everybody's crying and no one makes a sound
There's a place for us in movies you just gotta stay around

Nobody told me there'd be days like these
Nobody told me there'd be days like these
Nobody told me there'd be days like these
Strange days indeed
most peculiar
Mama

Everybody's smoking and no one's getting high

Everybody's flying and never touch the sky
There's Ufo's over New York and I ain't too surprised
Nobody told me there'd be days like these

Nobody told me there'd be days like these
Nobody told me there'd be days like these
Strange days indeed
most peculiar, Mama


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"Nobody Told Me" as written by Yoko Ono John Lennon

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    General CommentI know everyone always makes post that say this but I can't believe nobody's posted on this song. Right now it's actually December 9th and yesterday it was the 25th anniversary of John's death. They played this song on the radio and it just absolutely blew my mind. I had forgotten all about it. It was like it was meant to happen. Usually on the 8th I listen to John's happier somewhat sillier stuff. It's gets me out of the sad mood thinking about him puts me in on this day. It's a great contrast to his very serious songs. That stuff is absolutely genius but it's nice to think about him in a happier light.

    Anyway, I think this song's about how people believe in things but never really do anything about it. They don't try to change it just try to live with it. Or it could just be a silly song John wrote. I'd kinda prefer the latter. "They're starving back in China so finish what you got." Lol.
    PeaceFrog33on December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI couldn't agree with peacefrog anymore. A great song about how people just do thing for the sake of doing them but don't have any meaning behund their actions.
    kfe2on December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you both. I get the impression John is saying that there is so much going on in the world that noone pays attention to it and nobody wants to change the world for the better.
    earpon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHmm, in my opinion, he sings about following other's example, no matter if it's good or bad. There are so many people in the world who can't find their true selves, so they do things just for the fact of doing it.
    Or like you, guys said, it could be about folks' *inner* indifference. Because we all talk about important things, but what percent of us decides to put our big plans into action?
    SmileAwayon July 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the line was "matches" not "Nazi's"
    Mitholfluron August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it might mean that all these things are going on but nothing is actually being achieved, hence all the contradictions, then the random lines are saying life's just there. The Nobody told me bit might be referring to the days that John has these feelings of, well, we're not achieving anything good. Of course, it might just be a general song about our crazy world.
    Mitholfluron August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnother one of Lennon's masterpieces.
    I agree with Peacefrog. This song is about people believing about things but never do anything about it.
    What do you think "There's a UFO over New York and I ain't too surprised." is about? Can't figure it out.
    Direon September 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDire, I think the line references that we've become desensitized. We've been exposed to so much that even aliens don't give us a second thought.
    The Sun Kingon January 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes, The_Sun_King I totally agree with you. I think most wealthy, industrialized citizens are usually desensitized people to the plight of the world! Look at Africa! AND I BLAME IT ON POP CULTURE. Mindless video games, $9 dollar ticket movies that steal half your day but make actors richer, and that TUBE of all things. And of course this money-making machine called capitalism for which people tune to the tube because their so tired of working! I am thinking of debrainwashing myself from pop culture or any other false thing that gets on my last nerve. And even though i have great ideas about doing my part to help society its going really slow & am still in school and procrastinating! Its like a line I heard from The Shins that says "I knew that worthless dregs we've always been!" But some of us are worthless i cant help but say, & i dont want to pass away a worthless dreg...
    well i basically agree w/ everyone's opinions on here. I do like the idea of thinking of John Lennon on a lighter side.
    GrungyBeatleon February 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwow by the looks of my last comment, i had a stick up my ass!! haha
    when you hear the song over and over again, i think its not meant to outrage you, its meant to be lighthearted i guess...
    ...most peculiar mamma! -my fav line
    GrungyBeatleon February 21, 2007   Link

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