The Beatles -- ‘Nowhere Man’

Nowhere Man (2.45)

John Lennon: Double-tracked lead vocal, acoustic guitar; Paul McCartney: Harmony vocal, bass guitar; George Harrison: Harmony vocal, lead guitar; Ringo Starr: Drums;

“I’d spent five hours that morning trying to write a song that was meaningful and good,” said John, “and I finally gave up and laid down. Then ‘Nowhere Man’ came out, words and music, the whole damn thing, as I laid down.”

Paul said that “when I came to write with him the next day he was kipping on the couch, very bleary-eyed. He told me later (he didn’t tell me then) that he’d written it about himself, feeling like he wasn’t going anywhere. I think actually it was about the state of his marriage. It was in a period where he was a bit dissatisfied with what was going on. However, it led to a very good song. He treated it as a third-person song, but he was clever enough to say, ‘Isn’t he a bit like you and me?’ with ‘me’ being the …

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