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"I Am The Walrus"

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I am he as you are he as you are me as we are all together

was an acid revelation (what else could it be?!!) The rest of "I Am The Walrus", according to composer Lennon (who else could it be?!!) 'is just saying a dream — the words don't mean a lot'. In fact, he claimed to have deliberately made it as obscure as possible, just to play with the heads of all those dedicating themselves to the literary analysis of Beatle lyrics.

Don't you think the joker laughs at you?!!

"Like Lucy in the sky", it's another LSD take on the equally nonsensical words of Lewis Carroll:

"The time has come", the Walrus said,
"To speak of many things:
Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax,
Of cabbages and kings..."


John claimed not to have realized until later that the Walrus was actually 'a fat capitalist bastard', though he was absolutely right in saying that "I am the Carpenter" would not have sounded the same.

Providing a suitable musical accompaniment to the yellow matter custard of the lyric involved a mass ensemble of strings, brass and woodwind, and a sixteen-voice choir; all kind of held together by a police car siren rhythm (which, again, JL had tuned into while tripping). George Martin's efforts in coordinating and recording it were typically expert texpert: the gooey gajoob slide into the English garden sequence in particular is absolutely cornflake.

He holds fond memories of John sobbing with laughter as the singers were put through their paces. And yet, even in the midst of this swirling surrealistic scenario, the eggman was unable to resist giving another insight into his true state of mind, repeatedly issuing another excruciating plea for help:

I'm crying!!!

The extracts from King Lear came from a live radio performance, though which choking smoker's idea it was to turn on the wireless during a recording session is anybody's guess! It was, however, the only passage I'd got memorized for my English Lit A-Level exam. The reference to "untimely death" was taken as yet another clue to Paul's demise by many element'ry penguins at the time.

Notwithstanding the fact that the band had semolina pilfered the broadcast of The Bard, "stupid bloody Tuesday" and "let your knickers down" were sufficient cause for another airplay ban by those corporation T-shirt pigs in a sty at the BBC. The decision to put out Hello, Goodbye as the A-side may have caused considerable conflict between John and Paul, but was a shrewd move, nonetheless: a censored single, let's face it, would hardly have served them well.

The Mystery Tour film sequence, naturally, had to be as every bit as crazy as the song itself, and remains one of the movie's most memorable sequences. It was lovingly lampooned by The Rutles' "Piggy In The Middle" — and you could always trust yer Uncle Frank to put his own mark on a song. But what of certain other young pretenders' attempts to take on the animal masks? Sorry Liam, sorry Noel: you did give us some great music, but there is only one Eggman and only one Walrus (whoever was actually who, taking into account "another clue for you all").

Oompah, oompah, stick it up your jumper!
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