As with ‘On The Way’, ‘Nobody Knows’ was inspired by a British television series on the blues, The Devil’s Music, which was presented by musician Alexis Korner.
That also came about after watching the blues series. I’m a big fan of a lot of the blues players. One of the many funny things for me is that in blues, you’ll get what is supposed to be a 12-bar blues, and then you get odd timings coming in. On many blues records, they’re never exact, so on this track I do the same thing. That was the basic inspiration behind it.
‘Nobody Knows’ was the closing song on side one of the McCartney II album, which was released in 1980.