The Beatles - Nowhere Man

submitted by Throwback Machine on 07/22/14 1

The Beatles - Nowhere Man 1965 "Nowhere Man" is a song by The Beatles, from their hit album Rubber Soul (in the U.S. on the Yesterday ... and Today album). The song was primarily written by John Lennon but Paul McCartney helped to "polish off the rough edges" 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. It was released as a single (although not in the UK) 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. When the song first appeared during the 1960s, many of the Beatles' youthful fan base interpreted the rather hard-edged lyric, which satirizes the "Nowhere Man" as someone who "just sees what he wants to see" and who "[doesn't] know what [he's] missing", as directed against their parents' generation and conformity generally. Lennon, however, claimed that he wrote the song about himself. He wrote it after wracking 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" 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". * John Lennon: vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar, lead guitar * Paul McCartney: harmony vocals, bass * George Harrison: harmony vocals, lead guitar * Ringo Starr: drums In other news, I have added the lyrics to this song so you can sing along, or perhaps learn the song! This is how I learned my first Beatles song! Enjoy :)

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