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"Nowhere Man"
13 June 2011
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MeanMrsMustard
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CAUTION: I MAY SOUND FANGIRLY IN THIS THREAD. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

OK. The night before (sorry!) last, I was listening to my "sleep" playlist. "Nowhere Man" came up, and for some weird reason, my left earbud fell out, so I basically listened to the vocals isolated. (The guitar solo was in the right channel, too, so I wasn't listening to nothing for 30 seconds.) It was so amazing, I repeated the song, but I listened to the left channel only. Which was also amazing. Finally, I listened to the song with both channels. I have had that song running through my head ever since. 

I think that there was another thread (or maybe it was the songs page?) where someone described this song as perfect. I have to agree. I was imagining a Pokemon card (You know, the ones that have bars that indicate strength, speed, etc.) for songs. It would look like this:

Vocals: High
Guitar: High
Rhythm Guitar: High
Drums: Ringo-tastic
Bass: High
Lyrics: High

Seriously. Is it even possible not to like this song? 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

13 June 2011
5.43pm
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You're right M3. Zig said that he loved the "third" Beatle song that is when John Paul and George sing together, and I agree with him.

 

I always relate this song with Beatles leaving a trail of rainbows and flowers.

 

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
13 June 2011
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mr. Sun king coming together
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Nowhere Man is very....... important. It has that feel that something isn't as it seems. I love it. Then again, 1965 was John's best year.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
13 June 2011
6.34pm
MeanMrsMustard
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@Mith: I showed that to JoJo and he loved it. He was wondering why Jeremy was sad at the end, but he liked it when Ringo was nice to him.

@Sun king: Yeah. Of course, sometimes I feel like every year was John's best, but... 

:D

 

What a coincidence. "Nowhere Man" just came up on my iPod. 

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13 June 2011
6.46pm
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Nowhere Man is great. Also, what is your 'sleep playlist?' It sounds interesting.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
13 June 2011
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I must admit this is my least played song on Rubber Soul, not least favorite though. I don't really know why either because I agree with you that all the elements are spectacular, lyrically, musically, Ringo-ally, etc.
But I always feel like something is missing from the song from an emotional standpoint and I don't know if it's intentional or not because, after all, John is singing about being a Nowhere Man sitting in his nowhere land. So sometimes the song kind of, gasps, bores me.
It's a great song but to me it doesn't sound like a true John song and so I don't like it that much. But maybe that was the point, to have it devoid of emotion, I don't know.

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13 June 2011
7.40pm
MeanMrsMustard
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

Nowhere Man is great. Also, what is your 'sleep playlist?' It sounds interesting.

It's what I listen to when I'm in bed. (btw, "Flying" is a great song to listen to at night when you're going to sleep.) 

I like your point, GniknuS. I don't think it's devoid of emotion, though. It seems like the prevailing emotion in the song is irony, if that makes sense. 

Maybe that's the point, though, to make it feel like something's missing. 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

13 June 2011
7.51pm
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MeanMrsMustard said:

mr. Sun king coming together said:

Nowhere Man is great. Also, what is your 'sleep playlist?' It sounds interesting.

It's what I listen to when I'm in bed. (btw, "Flying" is a great song to listen to at night when you're going to sleep.) 

I meant what songs are on the list.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
13 June 2011
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I agree with you about the devoid of emotion but as you say that's the point. I have to admit I think that sometimnes I'm totally bored with my life, and when that happens, you just can't feel anything. All you wanna do is sleep and do nothing, and the song reflects this beautifully.

 

Another song that talks about the same issue is U2's Numb. The Edge just sings the lyrics in a very monotonous, simple way, detached of all feeling. What makes both songs work is the music. (Sorry for comparing both songs)

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
13 June 2011
8.01pm
MeanMrsMustard
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Oh OK. XD

Beatles: 

"Because" (both versions)

"You Never Give Me Your Money"

"Golden Slumbers" (duh)

"I Will"

"Good Night" (duh) 

"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"

"Yesterday"

"Across The Universe"

"For You Blue"

"Gnik Nus" (Wow, I almost wrote it as "GniknuS")

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" (LOVE)

"Flying"

"We Can Work It Out"

"The Inner Light"

"Eleanor Rigby"

"I'm Only Sleeping" (duh)

"Yellow Submarine"

"For No One"

"Norwegian Wood"

"Nowhere Man"

"In My Life"

"Fixing A Hole"

"Getting Better"

"Within You Without You"

"Till There Was You"

"I'm Down" (JUST KIDDING)

Solo:

"Imagine"

"Jealous Guy"

"(Just Like) Starting Over"

"Beautiful Boy" 

Simon & Garfunkel:

"The Sound of Silence"

"I Am a Rock"

"Scarborough Fair"

"The 59th Street Bridge Song"

Other: 

"Alleluia" (Go to YouTube and type in "Randall Thompson's Alleluia." It's a choral piece. I sang it two years ago in Concert Choir, so when the MoTabs [Mormon Tabernacle Choir] did it, I put it on my iPod.) 

Back on topic...

This morning, I did the stereo thing with JoJo. His expression was something like this:a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

We listen to it all the time in the car. The breakdown of our vocal parts:

Mom: George

Me: John

JoJo: Paul 

If I seem to act unkind, it's only me, it's not my mind that is confusing things.

13 June 2011
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The trick for Nowhere Man is that it makes you feel things based on your past. It doesn't convey emotion, it reflects the listeners emotions. It's not unemotional. And MMM, no Bridge Over Troubled Water? Surprised.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
13 June 2011
9.06pm
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Oh, that's a good idea, Sun king!

*adds it*

OK, this thread has been semi-derailed. Now all it needs is for Zig to say something and paulsbass to say he likes the song but not its placement.

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13 June 2011
9.15pm
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Well, I apologize for it. I love this song, and I feel that is was the song that saved Lennon.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
13 June 2011
9.25pm
MeanMrsMustard
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It's OK. I don't mind derailed threads.
Plus, you made a good point in post 11.

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13 June 2011
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

The trick for Nowhere Man is that it makes you feel things based on your past. It doesn't convey emotion, it reflects the listeners emotions. It's not unemotional. And MMM, no Bridge Over Troubled Water? Surprised.

It makes me feel really down, like becuase the person was alone, you know and so that's sad becuase when my great grandpa died then my great grandma got depression becuaeuse she was alone and so it reminds me of her, and thinking of her is sad becuase she is lonely? I still thinkk iits's a really good tsong theough, and one o fthe best off Rubber Soul, too?

 

 

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ONE MINUTE YOU'RE DEFENDING THE WHOLE GALAXY, AND SUDDENLY, YOU FIND YOURSELF SUCKING DOWN DARJEELING WITH MARIE ANTOINETTE AND HER LITTLE SISTER.!
15 June 2011
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I have this strange desire to see this thread permanently at or near the top, I don't know why. Nowhere Man evokes one memory. Just a single memory, and yet it means so much. When I had my law course, I was, shall we say, a tad nervous. And, the song I heard as my dad left at his stop to get off was Nowhere Man, and I was a Nowhere Man. I was going into a group of 20 kids, no one I knew, and yet, this helped. Hearing this, and then Real Love, it was, as they say, "exactly what I needed." A Hard Day's Night evokes another memory from this week, which I'll share if you want.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
15 June 2011
4.10am
mithveaen
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Sure thing SunKing, share it a-hard-days-night-john-5

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
15 June 2011
4.55am
MeanMrsMustard
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What mith said. Go ahead! :D

If it's an uncomfortable, just look around you. All you see are sympathetic eyes. 

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15 June 2011
5.16am
kedame
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This song makes me think of my dad. It's really an emotional song, and it was one of my first favorites.

"You can manicure a cat but can you caticure a man?" John Lennon- Skywriting by Word of Mouth
15 June 2011
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Well, AHDN is one of my favourite albums, and well, when I was on course, I was nervous as heck that day, and I hadn't slept well the Night Before (lame, I know), and the first song that came up was AHDN. Happy? You bet.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
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