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Nobody Told Me by John Lennon

Album: Milk And HoneyReleased: 1984Charted:
  • John Lennon wrote this song in 1976 with the working title "Everybody's Talkin', Nobody's Talkin'." He recorded the song at the sessions for his 1980 album Double Fantasy, but decided not to include it on the set, giving it to his Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr instead.

    Ringo was going to record the song for his 1981 album Stop And Smell The Roses, but when Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980, he didn't fell comfortable recording it.

    Lennon's recording finally surfaced in 1984 when it was released as a single and included on Milk And Honey, an album comprised of songs recorded during the Double Fantasy sessions that didn't make the cut. It was a big posthumous hit, reaching the Top 10 in both the US and UK.
  • Yoko Ono called this "kind of a fun song." She told Uncut in 1998: "I think that especially around that time he felt that again, the world had lost its course, its direction. I really think that it's to do with, not confusion but starting to learn that life is always gonna be a mystery."
  • The mention of the "Little yellow idol to the north of Katmandu" comes from the poem The Green Eye of the Yellow God by J. Milton Hayes. The first stanza runs:

    There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Kathmandu
    There's a little marble cross below the town
    There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew
    And the Yellow God forever gazes down

    Suggestion credit:
    Kent - Pittsfield, IL
  • The line, "There's a UFO over New York and I ain't too surprised" was taken from an actual incident. In 1974, John and his lover May Pang (during his separation from Yoko) were living in an apartment overlooking New York's East River, when John saw what he thought was a UFO. According to Pang, John yelled out the window "come back - take me!" (Thanks Ken, Louisville, KY)
  • The video for the song was pieced together from home movies of John, Yoko, and baby Sean. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Andy - Arlington, VA
  • A different take was released on the 1998 John Lennon Anthology set.
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Comments: 17

On March 17th 1984, a video of "Nobody Told Me" by John Lennon was aired on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'.Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
On January 6th 1984, Polydor Records released "Nobody Told Me" by John Lennon and nine days later on January 15th it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 25th it peaked at #5 (for 1 week)...
It reached #4 in Canada and in both Australia & the U.K. it peaked at #6...
Was track five on side one of his 8th and final studio album, 'Milk and Honey', and album peaked at #11 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart...
One other track from the album also made the Top 100, "I'm Stepping Out", it reached #55...
R.I.P. Mr. Lennon (1940 - 1980).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
John didnt write & Record this 5 months after he died....How?????
It was RELEASED 5months after he died!
Meaning he wrote & recorded this tune BEFORE
he went on to his "new" life....
Wayne - New Haven, Ct
I've seen several UFO over NYC but usually Lucy was involved.Funkspiel - Cambridge, Ma
Dude Holly, John died December 8, 1980, so I have no idea how he would write a song about something that happened more than 5 months after his death, inless he faked his own death.Breanna - Henderson, Nv
I think that in John Lennon's Dakota apartment he actually had a bathroom below the stairs. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to visit the apartment to find out for sure? I have a feeling it's one nice apartment. And one nice bathroom!Barry - New York, Nc
As it turns out, John Lennon was always fascinated with UFO's, even going as far as to subscribe to a British magazine called the "Flying Saucer Review" as early as the late 60's. If you are as interested with Lennon's UFO encounter as I am, you should go to this site: http://www.mara.org.uk/John%20Lennon%20UFO.htm It includes an interview with May Pang, who supposedly saw the UFO, and she is not shy about the incident. She even says that it was not John's first encounter with a UFO!Roy - Granbania, Ma
Holly in Aus, John was dead in 1981, so that probably isn't true.Jeff - Austin, Tx
The line 'There's nazis in the bathroom just below the stairs' refers to the bombing in 1981, May 16th, in the toilets at the Pan Am terminal at New York's JFK AirportHolly - Mackay, Australia
I don't know if that part about the UFO is true or not. There a picture that exists of John standing by the Statue of Liberty and he is pointing at the sky. He is supposed to be indicating exactly where he saw the UFO.Madison - Norway, Me
The reason why the quality was so good on this recording - while the majority of John's "Milk and Honey" songs were taken from cassette demos - was that John recorded it in the studio with his voice on a separate track, so Ringo could come in in January 1981 and lay down his own vocals over the backing provided by John's studio band.Ken - Louisville, Ky
I think its a great song, myself.Malicious Matt - Squatney
excelent song.. you can smell the good karma all over the place while listening!!!!!!! the video is excellent tooRosario - Buenos Aires, United States
The line "There's UFO's over New York/And I ain't too surprised" was taken from an actual incidnt. In 1974, John and his lover May Pang were living in an apartment overlooking New York's East River, when John saw what he thought was a UFO. According to Pang, John yelled out the window "come back - take me!". John ever wrote a liner note on his "Walls And Bridges" album cover "I saw a UFO, JL, NYC, 1974."Ken - Louisville, Ky
This is the opening song in the preview for The U.S vs. John Lennon movieZack - Dublin, Oh
john lennon is my heroChris - Paradise, Ct
In early 1980 Ringo Starr startet recording sessions for His album "Stop and smell the roses". With a little help from His freinds John,Paul and george the project was to be the first in many years including all the four beatles members. John wrote two songs for Ringo: "Life begins at 40" and "Nobody told me". Lennon was also sopouse to produce the songs and the recording of these songs was to begin December the 8th. but the plans were ruined by the murder of Lennon. Lennons own version of "Nobody told me" where to be found on the "Milk and Honey" album from 1984.Asef - Silkeborg, Denmark
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