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“Nowhere Man” by the Beatles

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“Nowhere Man” by the Beatles


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    “Nowhere Man” by the Beatles is a classic rock song.

    Song Title: Nowhere Man
    Artist: the Beatles
    Genre: classic rock, rock, folk rock
    Composer: Copyright © 1965 John Lennon-Paul McCartney
    Musical key: E Major
    Lead Vocals: John Lennon (double-tracked)
    Harmony Vocals: Paul McCartney, George Harrison
    Lead Guitar: verses: John Lennon, chorus: George Harrison, both play identical Fender Stratocasters
    Acoustic Guitar: John Lennon (rhythm)
    Bass Guitar: Paul McCartney
    Drums: Ringo Starr
    Producer: George Martin
    Recorded: 21–22 October 1965, EMI Studios, London
    Released: 3 December 1965
    Label: Parlophone
    Number of listens: 2571
    Current rank: 2105 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 1857 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “Nowhere Man” is a song by the Beatles, from their album Rubber Soul.[3] The song was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney).

    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.[4] It was released as a single (although not in the United Kingdom) on 21 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. The song appears in the film Yellow Submarine, where the Beatles sing it about the character Jeremy Hillary Boob after meeting him in the “nowhere land”.

    George and John play identical “sonic blue” Fender Stratocasters—John plays in the verses and George on the solo.

Interpretation

    Lennon claimed that he wrote the song about himself. He wrote it after racking his brain in desperation for five hours, trying to come up with another song for Rubber Soul. Lennon told Playboy magazine:

    “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”.
Musical structure

    The song begins with E (I tonic) chord (“He’s a real”) and then involves a 5-4-3-2-1 pitch descent between the B (V dominant) chord (“nowhere man”) and A (IV subdominant) chord (“sitting in”); but the entrancing twist comes where Am (iv minor) replaces A in the final verse (“nowhere plans”) and the simultaneous G♯ note melody creates a dissonant Am/major 7.[8] The refrain, which appears three times, seesaws on a G♯ minor/A major sequence before falling back on an F♯ minor and leading back to the verse on a B7.

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