Nowhere Man (A Rock and Roll Epistle)
By Richard Girard
"Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. . . . I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends . . . and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it."
John Lennon (194080), British rock musician. Interview, 22 June 1968, BBC-TV.
"The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility."
John Lennon (194080), British rock musician. Interview, 8 Dec. 1980, for KFRC RKO Radio, given the day of Lennon's death.
"What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god--the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!"
William Shakespeare (15641616), English dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 2, scene 2.
The Beatles' song "Nowhere Man" is one of my favorites by the Fab Four. Its seemingly simple lyrics have spoken to me ever since I heard them on 95 Fabulous KIMN radio here in Denver in 1966. It is a reminder to all of those individuals of whom Henry David Thoreau was writing when he wrote of those who led lives of quiet desperation.
"He's a real Nowhere Man,
Sitting in his nowhere land;