John Lennon – Nobody Told Me

This single was released in 1983 after John Lennon was murdered. The song was written by John for Ringo Starr to sing on his “Stop and Smell the Roses” album. Ringo didn’t end up recording it because of the tragedy.

The song was off the “Milk and Honey” album with tracks from John and with Yoko. This was John’s last top ten song in both America where it peaked at #5 and the UK top ten where it peaked at #6. John wrote the song in 1976 and the working title was “Everybody’s Talkin.”

I liked the song the first time I heard it. It was a fun song and I was happy to hear something new from him. I really could hear Ringo doing this one. The two songs that hit from “Milk and Honey” were Stepping Out and this one.

“Nobody Told Me”

Everybody’s talking and no one says a word
Everybody’s making love and no one really cares
There’s Nazis in the bathroom just below the stairs
Always something happening and nothing going on
There’s always something cooking and nothing in the pot
They’re starving back in China so finish what you gotNobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed — strange days indeedEverybody’s runnin’ and no one makes a move
Everyone’s a winner and nothing left to lose
There’s a little yellow idol to the north of Katmandu
Everybody’s flying and no one leaves the ground
Everybody’s crying and no one makes a sound
There’s a place for us in the movies you just gotta lay around

Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed — most peculiar, mama

Everybody’s smoking and no one’s getting high
Everybody’s flying and never touch the sky
There’s a UFO over New York and I ain’t too surprised

Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed — most peculiar, mama

 

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

8 thoughts on “John Lennon – Nobody Told Me”

  1. The best John song on that album. Yes that would have been a good Ringo tune- I always thought Ringo should have covered Billy Swan’s “I Can Help”

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  2. Love, love this song. “Strange days indeed. Most peculiar, mama.” Genius. One of my favorite Lennon songs. Woman. Watching the Wheels. Jealous Guy. Cold Turkey. #9 Dream, oh my gosh–that one, it’s so beautiful, so Phil Spektor/Beach Boys wall of freakin’ sound gorgeous…It makes me cry.

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  3. solid song. I wasn’t sold on the concept of Yoko putting out this album after John’s passing, thinking it was rather a cash grab and could be disrespectful (ie- if he wanted the world to hear some of it, he’d already have released it) but this song was undeniably worthy…and a fitting end to his sadly shortened career

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    1. He wrote it for Ringo and you can tell. It’s not like John’s usual songs…
      I’m not a Yoko fan. I’m not sure if they had planned it or not.

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