John Lennon wrote some incredible songs during his time in The Beatles and in his partnership with Paul McCartney. But do you know the one track he only came up with once he gave up trying to think of a song to write? It turns out that was Nowhere Man from 1965 album Rubber Soul.
Lennon told Playboy in 1980 how he had been trying to pen a new song for the album for hours.
He said: “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.”
While 1960s Beatles biographer Hunter Davies quoted Lennon on his breakthrough.
Lennon said: “I’d actually stopped trying to think of something. Nothing would come. I… went for a lie down, having given up.
“Then I thought of myself as Nowhere Man, sitting in this Nowhere Land.”
On the song’s composition, McCartney told Playboy in 1984: “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.”
In fact, it was another Rubber Soul track in Run For Your Life, found right at the end of the album.
Speaking with Rolling Stone in 1970, Lennon said: “It was a song I just knocked off.
“It was inspired from – this is a very vague connection – from Baby Let’s Play House.
“There was a line on it – I used to like specific lines from songs – ‘I’d rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man’.”
Lennon added: “So I wrote it around that but I didn’t think it was that important.
“Girl I liked because I was, in a way, trying to say something or other about Christianity which I was opposed to at the time.
As for his favourite Beatles album, Lennon admitted he was a big fan of 1968’s The White Album.
In a 1971 interview, that only saw the light of day in a 1984 issue of Penthouse, he said: “I always preferred it to all the other albums, including Pepper, because I thought the music was better. The Pepper myth is bigger, but the music on the White Album is far superior, I think.”