Nowhere Man Lyrics - The Beatles

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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!

(lead guitar)

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!

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 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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For Gary | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/16/13

Oh Gary that is not like you think. You can never know the reasons for your existence. for ex if your son sometimes finds his way or not or just helps one day some other people or saves somebody's life or something similar, can you say then the reason of your life was to have him?Or if his son does it? The same. We don't have to understand everything at once, don't worry about this and just enjoy your time.

Gary' realization | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/27/13

It's very difficult to understand how someone other than yourself sees the world. Sometimes we see something in another person only because it is a reflection of you. I've looked at my son who is 25 and has no direction in his life and those first few lines of No where man come to my mind. But I just realized the reason I see it is because I'm the no where man sitting in his no where land making all his no where plans for nobody. I'm 60 and I just realized that I've lived my life as a No Where Man. How sad is that?

Nixon as Nowhere Man | Reviewer: Rich | 6/13/13


I always think of Nixon too, but that's because there was some kind of variety show that had a skit with this song playing and a guy wearing a Nixon mask, dancing around with his V-signs in the air. Just can't remember what that was, but I was an impressionable little kid, and I remember being sad that they were teasing our president. Don't know if he had resigned yet or not.

yesterday today n tomorrow | Reviewer: ron blasdell | 4/24/13

living the life as you recall yesterday, today and tomorrow with today be living in the now, yesterday has flown away! as we speculate "tomorrow,,,,,, a realizeation",even if momentarily escaping this minor depressive_state is a realized point in which you conclude yes my bird can sing but he cant see me.

Nowwhere man | Reviewer: Katherine | 9/29/12

The song remembered and popped into my head while driving recently for a reason, the lyrics incredibly on point to the pain a nowhere man (woman) have caused upon me. Why John wrote it has to have been him trying to make sense of whomever caused pain upon him. Also, you cannot work (collaborate) with a nowhere man, whoever thinks this could be about Paul is not getting it.

why do we think so hard | Reviewer: Nobody | 9/15/12

This song, as for most songs, was a product for someting new to sing and play. A change from what the band was always playing. And of course to make money! It may mean a lot of things, to a lot of people and thier ideals and that is why they want to hear it , or sing it. All of us are influenced by what has happened to us and our loved ones. this song touches people, so we have to dwell on it. I am sure there are many songs that are not hits because they fail to connect to People. John just dreamed it up , and we bought it!!

Misguided notions | Reviewer: Get Real | 5/14/12

It amazes me how people can just make up what John Lennon was thinking when he wrote the song. God....Childhood etc.... How about something as simple as: In a 1971 interview with Rolling Stone, Lennon recalled the background to this song: "I remember I was just going through this paranoia trying to write something and nothing would come out so I just lay down and tried to not write and then this came out, the whole thing came out in one gulp."

Everyman | Reviewer: Jason | 4/20/12

This song touches on a little bit of us all. We all live in our own little worlds. This tends to narrow our perspectives. Perhaps it may be that we are no one without everyone. "Can you see me at all". Don't be too self-absorbed and pull your head out once in while.

People read too much into it lyrics... | Reviewer: Larry | 3/25/12 if they are a diary of prose. John had been trying to come up with a viable song for a long time and near the end of the day this finally came out as a stream of consciousness (just as most lyrics do). It describes well the state of mind when nothing worthwhile is coming to mind.

misguided fans? | Reviewer: nila | 3/19/12

i read somewhere that this song, like many songs & movies and books goes back to "We see darkly, through a mirror". The scriptures tell us this because we see things through the mirror of the world until we get new eyes through Christ. And, as many artists look through the worlds eyes, this song states the WE are going to command our fate and future.. Wrong?

All the Lonely people | Reviewer: Harry | 2/17/12

This song describes the life of John Lennon and includes all people who consider themselves to be nowhere man, including me. Not knowing where to live because they live in a world of nowhere always makes us bitter and tormented man. But do not worry nowhere man, hopefully we get a happy life....

He's all of us. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/30/11

To me, this songs represents humanity; society as a whole. This "Nowhere Man" is a man lost in his consumerism, in his own mind and his own thoughts, losing his grasp on what life really is. He's too distracted and immersed in his depression to leave his house and his closed mind and open himself to new discoveries.

A Meaningless Life | Reviewer: Sally Faye Smothers | 12/23/11

The first time I heard this song I thought it was a perfect description of a life without Jesus Christ at its core. No matter what plans we make, if we aren't considering them in the light of eternity, our plans are going nowhere.

The Beatles Interpret Dostoevsky | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/18/11

This song appears to be written based on an interpretation of Dostoevsky's "Notes From Underground." Yes, it is also about dealing with existentialism and how it leads scholars and the "Nowhere Man" to brood and think too hard, often to the point of depression. However, like those suffering from depression, the Nowhere Man cannot simply be told to get up and feel happy. The song provides a good argument because it begs the Nowhere Man to listen; it does not command him. It's a sort of therapeutic plea for the man to come out from underground.

startingtoloveme | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/30/11

I think John wrote this song about himself and his childhood life until The Beatles. He had felt so much hurt and pain in his life and none of it mad any sense. His pain turned to anger and a disregard for life and he turned into the Nowhere Man. This song is an invitation to accept the past for what it was and to move on into the great life that was ahead of him.
I've been calling myself the Nowhere Man for the last year for a similar childhood.

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