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Beatles: Nowhere Man Meaning

Song Released: 1966


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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...

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    anonymous
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    Feb 19th, 2010 2:14pm report


    I think this is a song about an individual that has enormous potential, but is simply too apathetic to do any good with his life. "...isn't he a bit like you and me?" means that we can can all be like this at times: we have the ability and the circumstances to bring a positive change in the world, but we are just too lazy or selfish to do so. "nowhere man, the world is at your command"... it is a call to get up off our seats and make the world a better place.



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    BEATLESFAN1989
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    Jun 27th, 6:05pm report


    It's about the paul mccartney imposter that no one gives a fuck about.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 6th, 2017 9:11am report


    I think it's a song about someone who doesn't have friends and don't want any. Maybe someone like my Father who is a lot like no where man My Father is autistic he was never diagnos but my Mother and I believe he is . He doesn't like crowds he didn't like to talk to people he don't know.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 2nd, 2017 3:20pm report


    These guys were hippies who did some drugs and had time to sit and think, and so this is a reflection of that in the sense that they say the words to see what it evokes out of you! It's meant to make you think... It's either "Wow, thank God that I have family and friends and that i'm not a Nowhere Man", or "Damn they're bringing light to the fact that I'm a Nowhere Man, I really don't want to continue being like this... so I should make a change in my life to let people in."



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    anonymous
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    Jun 23rd, 2016 6:23pm report


    The song might not mean anything. Just jammed a bunch of words together that rhymed and then refined them a little. It's the harmonies and guitar playing that grab me.



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    coralie.cassady.3
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    Feb 22nd, 2015 2:10am report


    My adult son was diagnosed with chronic schizophrenia in 1992. I have been his sole carer since then. Each and every word of 'Nowhere Man' pulls at my HEART each and every time I hear this song. I absolutely LOVE 'Nowhere Man' because it reminds me of my son. xoxo



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    anonymous
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    Aug 5th, 2012 8:13am report


    I think it means nothing we do in life matters, death is the final frontier and it's all we're waiting for.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Aug 29th, 2011 8:36pm report


    Song about my husband. Never wanted to get up close and personal. Separated himself from emotions and closeness. Survived in his own little nowhere land with nobody. Could not get close or talk intimately or intensely to anyone especially a woman or a wife. Never wanted anyone to help him either. Rather than face it or get help he would leave room or situation. Said he could not handle or face it. Would rather retreat to his own nowhere land. it is better to critisize or talk down, and belittle, and scorn.



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    DiogenesofSinope
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    May 29th, 2011 5:40pm report


    Some people, invisible to you and me, invisible to themselves confuse the meaning of what you know as identity. Make you feel uncomfortable enough to avoid. Don't worry, it doesn't bother them, they don't listen - because neither do you.
    Nowhere man is METOIKOS. You're lucky to have a family, have a place to call home, friends you don't care about, things you think you need.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 3rd, 2011 2:43pm report


    I always thought this music was talking about god itself, and his point of view.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 25th, 2011 1:24pm report


    insaninater i agree we need to take the initiative in life to help out these people who going through these identity crises. sometimes i think i'm the nowhere man and often times i wish that someone would pick me up out of my hole.



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    insaninater
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    Apr 30th, 2010 4:55pm report


    I think that this song is about people caught up in there own lives and not connected to current events, social norms, and generally important events in the world, "doesn't have a point of view, knows not where he's going to, isn't he a bit like you and me" also means that we can all sometimes get caught up in our own lives and start to shut everything out, don't know what they are going to do in there life, but the Beatles are telling us that there is hope for these people, if we reach out to these people, act with friendship and kindness, we can show them everything we have to offer, "nowhere man don't worry take your time don't hurry, leave it all until somebody else lends you a hand", we should all take time to make sure we help out the nowhere men in our lives, and every now and then, take a look in the mirror to keep ourselves somewherepeople



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    anonymous
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    Dec 4th, 2009 12:06pm report


    John was trying to compile a song one day and was getting nowhere. hence "nowhere man" he then wrote this classic by geeting nowhere. simple really



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    anonymous
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    Dec 4th, 2009 12:57am report


    It means a man who lives in his own little world and does not think about anyone else,Now,in this time period,it apply s to people walking around listening to iPods.people think that's shameful,BUT THEY DO IT THEMSELVES!




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