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"Nobody Told Me"
Single by John Lennon
from the album Milk and Honey
Released 06 January 1984
Format 7" vinyl; 12" vinyl (promotional only)
Recorded 1980
Genre Rock
Label Polydor Records
Producer John Lennon & Yoko Ono
John Lennon singles chronology
"Love" (from the 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band) (1982) "Nobody Told Me"
"Borrowed Time"

"Nobody Told Me" is a John Lennon song, featured as the first single released from John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Milk and Honey album in 1984. The song was originally written for Ringo Starr to include on his Stop and Smell the Roses album, but Lennon died before the song could be used. "Nobody Told Me" was Lennon's last single to reach the top ten on Billboard magazine's Hot 100, peaking at #5.

The B-side features Yoko Ono's "O'Sanity", also from the Milk and Honey album.

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 tag line "Nobody told me there'd be days like these..." is in contrast to the old saw "My mother told me there'd be days like this."

The video was a clipshow, as are most posthumous Lennon videos.

Cover versions

  • 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.




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