Nobody Told Me
|"Nobody Told Me"|
|Single by John Lennon|
|from the album Milk and Honey|
|B-side||"O' Sanity" (Yoko Ono)
"I'm Stepping Out" (1990)
|Released||6 January 1984 (US)
9 January 1984 (UK)
30 April 1990 (re-issue)
12" vinyl (promotional only)
|Producer(s)||John Lennon & Yoko Ono|
|John Lennon singles chronology|
"Nobody Told Me" is a song by John Lennon. The B-side features Yoko Ono's "O'Sanity", also from the Milk and Honey album. The promo video for the single was made up of clips of footage from Lennon's other videos, as are most posthumous Lennon videos.
The lyrics make reference to "a little yellow idol to the north of Kathmandu" which is similar to a line from J. Milton Hayes' poem entitled The Green Eye of the Yellow God. Hayes' line was "There’s a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Kathmandu". Another line in the song is "There's UFO's over New York and I ain't too surprised", apparently a reference to a UFO sighting Lennon had back in 1974. He made reference to this in the liner notes to his 1974 album Walls and Bridges with the message: "On the 23rd August 1974 at 9 o'clock I saw a U.F.O. - J.L.". The line "Nobody told me there'd be days like these..." is in contrast to the old adage "My mother told me there'd be days like this."
Recorded but left incomplete shortly before his death in 1980, the song was later completed by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono in 1983 and released as the first single from Lennon and Ono's album Milk and Honey in 1984. The song was later released in the UK in 1990, b/w "I'm Stepping Out". The song was originally written for Ringo Starr to include on his 1981 album Stop and Smell the Roses, but Lennon died before the song could be used.
- John Lennon - vocals, rhythm guitar
- Earl Slick, Hugh McCracken - lead guitar
- Tony Levin - bass
- George Small - keyboards
- Andy Newmark - drums
- Arthur Jenkins - percussion
"Nobody Told Me" was Lennon's last new single to reach the UK Top 10, peaking at number 6 (although a reissue of "Imagine" reached number 3 in December 1999). The single was also Lennon's last US Top 10 hit, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 6 on the Cashbox Top 100 and was his third single to enter the US Top 10 posthumously.
- The Flaming Lips recorded a version for the 1995 John Lennon tribute album Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon.
- The benefit album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur contained a version by Big & Rich.
- Milk and Honey at Allmusic.
- Songfacts on "Nobody Told Me".
- Walls and Bridges discography on JPGR
- Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics