It was released in December on their album Rubber Soul except for in the United States and Canada, where it was first issued as a single A-side in February before appearing on the album Yesterday and Today. The song was Nowhere man single released as a single in some countries where it had been included on Rubber Soulincluding Australia, where it topped the singles chart. Recorded on 21 and 22 October"Nowhere Man" is one of the first Beatles songs to be entirely unrelated to romance or love, and marks a notable example of Lennon's philosophically oriented songwriting.
The lead guitar solo was performed in unison by Harrison and Lennon. Lennon wrote the song about himself after racking his brain in desperation for five hours trying to come up with another song for Rubber Soul.
Lennon told Playboy magazine:. 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.