"Nowhere Man" is a song by The Beatles, from their album Rubber Soul. The song was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon - McCartney)....

He's a real nowhere man
Sitting in his nowhere land
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody

Doesn't have a point of view
Knows not where he's going to
Isn't he a bit like you and me?
Nowhere man please listen
You don't know what you're missing
Nowhere man, The world is at your command

He's as blind as he can be
Just sees what he wants to see
Nowhere man, can you see me at all
Nowhere man don't worry
Take your time, don't hurry
Leave it all till somebody else
Lends you a hand
Ah, la, la, la, la

Doesn't have a point of view
Knows not where he's going to
Isn't he a bit like you and me?
Nowhere man please listen
You don't know what you're missing
Nowhere man, The world is at your command
Ah, la, la, la, la

He's a real nowhere man
Sitting in his nowhere land
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody
Making all his nowhere plans for nobody



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"Nowhere Man" as written by John Lennon, Paul Mccartney

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    My Opinion:The Nowhere Man is a lot like the Fool On The Hill. He is making all of these plans for no one, has no opinion or point of view, but that is what makes him free. It is what separates him from everyone, and at the same time, makes him like everyone else. The fact that Nowhere Man can be anyone is what makes the song take on a dynamic property in the story-telling of the song. The listener thinks this guy is a loser, but John is basically saying that because the Nowhere Man has cleared his head, he can become anyone. He is truly free. John revisits the theme of melancholy so many times in his songs, and later in his solo work. The same theme of Nowhere Man can be heard in the Free As A Bird demo. You can almost hear the sadness in the chords. But listen carefully to the VOX chimes, the purity of the singing, and the vibrancy of the band as a whole. In this moment, they are redefining the history of rock and roll forever. Right on this recording. The Beatles, musically, spiritually, and culturally, transcend the barriers of pop and rock music with this song. After this, every single album they make doesn't become exponentially better, it exponentially changes the landscape of pop, rock, country, and r&b music forever. They are basically letting go of the "silly love songs" that confined them. Here is where The Beatles go from being pop-friendly young kids ala ("A Hard Day's Night") to the four greatest revolutionary artists of the 20th century. Music changes after this song. After the break-up in 1969, there are movements in rock and roll that involve desperately trying to imitate this band's sound and desperately trying to repudiate them (punk rock, etc). Following this song, countless bands emerge where their entire record sounds like *this one song*. The Beatles basically drop an atomic bomb on music with the release of Rubber Soul.
    muzacon July 04, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:This is one of my favourite Beatles songs. This is how I interoperate it....

    At the time it was written, The Beatles were trying to break out of their shell and become more opinionated (their views on Vietnam for example). Their first "break away" record was REVOLVER.

    With the song "Nowhere Man", they continue with this "breaking away". In the first five lines they try to establish a sad almost pathetic character. A "Nowhere" man if you will. Then, when the listener is thinking about what a pathetic individual this nowhere man is, the line "Isn't he a bit like you and me" comes along. The listener now compares himself/herself to this man and thinks, "could I be like that?", just like The Beatles probably did at some point. The lines "Nowhere man please listen, you don't know what your missing", and, "Nowhere Man, the world is at your command", try to establish that having an opinion is better than not having one. The rest of the song just continues this theme. I

    n short, it is a reply to people who feel that the new direction The Beatles took was too controversial and, all in all, a bad decision.

    If you agree with my view, or even if you don't, please feel free to e-mail me.
    jslatzon May 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:this isnt a "make a change" hippy song

    DONT POST IN HERE IF YOUR ONE OF THOSE STUPID BEATLES "fans" who thinks they're hippy-dippy led zeppelin fans who like acid. your opinions are wrong

    john wrote this about himself. he is the nowhere man. he felt like nothing people do really takes them anywhere. like no one is really "alive". he then realized that this applies to everyone, that we are all nowhere men. its a big explaination of human life
    dubtigeron October 29, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:its all about drugs, its clear in the movie yellow submarine. It starts off in this place called pepperland. Its a euphoiotic place and everyone is happy. Its all about lsd and music. Then the blue meanies (the police) dont like pepperland and want to make it blue like everywhere else (because thats the proper way) so they invade and take away all of the joy. These blue meanies hate music/ drugs, they've never even giving it a chance. They only take no for an answer, kinda like the law always being Don't do this or that or whatever. Anyway. Throughout the whole film (apart from it being the trippiest thing ever) they keep saying how everything is fine because its all in the head. (Drugs) They meet the nowhere man, and he's this over achiving guy who's unpopular and no one likes him. But they take him along. Then they sing lucy in the sky and that whole thing takes place in this guys head litteraly. Then at the end the nowhere man goes to the blue meany and shows him how great drugs are. And the blue meany realizes that. Then they talk about how he used to be a nowhere man, but now he;s sombody. And he fits right in in pepper land where he's happy. Unlike in the nowhere zone where he was sad and crying.
    jakejoon September 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:omg this makes me cry. i watched Yellow Submarine when i was about 5 years old (my dad was watching it) and it made me cry then- the Nowhere Man is just so pathetic and sad. i wanna give him a hug.
    i am so pleased that the Beatles befriended him in the movie :)
    pete4carlon September 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:this song reminds me of this really sad man i saw buying sandals at LIDL
    alexandraqwertyon October 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this is my favorite song on Rubber Soul. it has great vocal harmony.
    song4juliaon January 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Hey, id just like to clarify that Rubber Soul was released in 1965, and Revolver was released in 1966. Rubber Soul was their first break away record, not Revolver. Oh, and this is a great song.
    sqrt144on May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I apologise, it was late when I typed that up and I was tired. Thanks for pointing it out though.
    jslatzon May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I'm a real nowhere girl...
    sitting in my nowhere land...
    and I don't have a point view...
    I don't where I'm going to...
    Nowhere_Girlon July 06, 2002   Link

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