Welcome back, Ringo!
His unmistakable drum-in has Lennon "looking through a Glass Onion" at a crash revision course of Beatle songs. An aide-mémoire for himself as much as anyone else, probably: on account of all those "dove-tail joints" he'd been making while making most of the songs, leading up to The White
. I actually first heard that line as 'cocktail
joint', thinking martinis with little umbrellas — still too young and innocent to pick up on the double-meaning I'd inadvertently inserted!
The immediate backtrack tally is five — but we could get it to six if the "bent back tulips" were the incredibly high flowers from "Lucy In The Sky"
; seven, if "everything flows" "Within You Without You"
... I've always thought it was a little mean of him not to include a more overt reference to a George track. That old faithful "Oh Yeah" catchphrase gets a good working over, and there are probably a whole load clues more tucked in there for you all: or at least those of you who go in for the kind of pathological dissection which John so despised. [["I'm Looking Through You"]]? [["There's A Place"]]? [["Girl"]]? Probably a whole bunch more, if you really know your onions.
was Paul", of course, got most attention; but was just another bit of poetry 'to confuse everybody a bit more', according to the composer — though, in stating that "we're as close as can be, man" — it was probably also a back-handed attempt to placate his partner in the face of their ever-widening rift.
For 'just another throwaway song', it's a highly polished piece of work. Having being trialled in various forms, now Anthologised
, it was George Martin who suggested a change in approach. Paul reprises his recorder riff from "The Fool On The Hill"
, as well as playing the piano; and a whole host of strings add to its layers, including — I believe — the first banjo to be featured on a Beatles number.
With all the musical memories the onion evokes, small wonder GM sliced it in to flavour the first psychedelic section on LOVE
.Listen to me!