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Song facts: Nowhere Man

The Beatles recorded Nowhere Man on October 21st, 1965 at Abbey Road. The song was written by John Lennon, credited to Lennon/McCartney.

According to Lennon he wrote the song about himself after five hours of writer's block, trying to come up with something meaningful for the band's forthcoming Rubber Soul album. As dawn approached he finally happened upon Nowhere Man from deep within himself.

John, Paul and George sang three part harmony, while George and John played identical Fendor Stratocasters; John on the verses and George on the solo.

Release

Nowhere Man was released on The Beatles' Rubber Soul album on December 3rd, 1965.

Although it was never released as a single in the UK; on February 21st 1966 it was issued in the US, Canada and Australia with What Goes On as the B-side. It peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 but reached number one in Canada and Australia.

Nowhere Man was performed live by The Beatles during their final year of touring in 1966. 

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John Lennon, 1966. 

John Lennon, 1966. 

"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" - John Lennon
"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." - Paul McCartney  

Personnel

  • John Lennon – double-tracked vocal, acoustic rhythm guitar, lead guitar (in the verses)
  • Paul McCartney – bass guitar, harmony vocal
  • George Harrison – lead guitar (in the solo), harmony vocal
  • Ringo Starr – drums
Nowhere Man single sleeves, 1965. 

Nowhere Man single sleeves, 1965.