The Paul McCartney Project

Nobody Knows

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the McCartney II Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1980

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"McCartney II" sessions #1

June - July 1979


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Song facts

Nobody Knows” is a song written and performed by Paul McCartney, released on his second solo album, “McCartney II“, released in 1980.

Paul McCartney in The Beatles – The Dream is Over: Off The Record 2, by Keith Badman:

That also came about after watching the blues series [Alexis Korner on a TV programme about blues]. I’m a big fan of a lot of the blues players. One of the many funny things for me is that in blues, you’ll get what is supposed to be a 12-bar blues, and then you get odd timings come in. On many blues records, they’re never exact so, on this track, I do the same thing. That was the basic inspiration behind it.

There’s a rough mix available [A1] which is very similar to the released version on “McCartney II“.

‘Nobody Knows’ is craziness, ‘Summer’s Day Song’ is craziness, ‘Frozen Jap’ is craziness, ‘Bogey Music’ is craziness.

Paul McCartney, from McCartney II Archive Collection, 2011

Last updated on May 21, 2020

Lyrics

Which one of you can tell me
What it is I'm looking at
Anyone who can
Has got to be a crazy cat
'Cause I believe that
That nobody knows, no nobody knows
Yeah, nobody knows, no
Lord I cannot tell you
Well that's the way I like it
Yeah now, nobody knows

Nobody knows
Oh, nobody knows
Well Lord you know that nobody knows
Samson and Delilah would have made a crazy pair
If that silly woman hadn't shaven off his hair
I believe that nobody knows, no nobody knows
But that's the way I like it
Yeah now, nobody knows
That's the way I like it, nobody knows

I may go hungry, maybe next week
Well if I do then I'll still find something to eat
And you know, nobody knows, no nobody knows
Well, that's the way I like it, baby, nobody knows

And that includes you, honey (nobody knows)
I'll pay your rent
I'll do you right (nobody knows)
Most every night
But still there's nobody knows
No now, nobody knows
And that's the way I like to keep it
Just so nobody knows

Officially appears on


McCartney II

Official album • Released in 1980

2:54 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


McCartney II (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:54 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


McCartney II - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2011

2:55 • Studio versionA2011 • 2011 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Bootlegs


The Lost McCartney Album

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

2:44 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Vocals

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


McCartney II - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Vocals
Eddie Klein :
Mixing assistant

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Studio Rarities - Volume 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2016

2:46 • Rough mixA1

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Vocals

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Home Studio, Peasmarsh, Sussex, UK

Session Recording:
June - July 1979
Studio :
Spirit Of Ranachan Studio, Campbeltown, Scotland

Session Mixing:
September 1979
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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Mixmeister TnC 3 years ago

I never knew why "Nobody Knows" was never released on 7" or never played in concert. Its a real funny uptempo song that stays in my head for days.