When the Beatles released Nowhere Man in 1965 (on the LP Rubber Soul), it was said that it came out of the philosophical soul-searching musings of John Lennon, although John himself apparently said it was the end result of an uninspired night of failed song-writing. You can read what you like into the words, but when I was going through Beatles songs beginning with 'N', and came to Nowhere Man, one person sprang into my mind. It was the title rather than the lyrics that made me think of him although most of the words fit him well too.
My Nowhere Man is a drunk. He sleeps under a bush in the park or in the cemetery, in a grave if there's one available. He comes to Zac's for bible study every Tuesday and is always the first to read aloud. As soon as he's read, he usually goes out for a cigarette, because, 'Sean, you just goes on too much.'
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.
The only line that doesn't fit is the first one. My Nowhere Man most definitely has a point of view to the point of drunken arrogance on times. But he doesn't know where he's going.
You can't help but wonder what his past is, and fear what his future will be.
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