Nowhere Man (The Beatles)

10 MARCH 1966


The Beatles’ ‘Nowhere Man’ was on its way to a peak of #3 on the US Billboard charts. Taken from the ‘Rubber Soul’ album (and arguably the best song on that album), this was not even released as a single in the UK. This was another common practice in the 1960s, when record companies would release different singles and different versions of albums in different countries. For the first few years of their recording career, the albums released by the Beatles in the US generally bore little resemblance to those issued in the UK. How many British record-buyers have heard of, for example, the US-released 'Beatles '65' album? It is unrecognisable next to 'Help' and 'Rubber Soul'.

The video clip above is from a 1966 European tour performance of 'Nowhere Man'.

B-side: 'What Goes On'
Recorded: 21–22 October 1965, EMI Studios, London
Released: 21 February 1966 (US)
Highest chart position: #3 (US)
Length: 2:44
Label: Capitol
Producer: George Martin

Nowhere Man (The Beatles)

'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

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'