I Am the Walrus (4:33)

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“I Am the Walrus” is a 1967 song by The Beatles, written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon/McCartney. Lennon claimed he wrote the first two lines on separate acid trips. The song was in the Beatles’ 1967 television film and album Magical Mystery Tour, and was the B-side to the #1 hit “Hello, Goodbye”.

Lennon composed the avant-garde song by combining three songs he had been working on. When he learned that a teacher at his old primary school was having his students analyse Beatles’ lyrics, he added a verse of nonsense words. Music critic Ian MacDonald argued that the song was Lennon’s “final creative high water mark” with the Beatles.

The walrus is a reference to the walrus in Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter” (from the book Through the Looking-Glass). Lennon expressed dismay upon learning that the walrus was the villain in the poem. Also in the song ‘Glass Onion’, released on The Beatles’ White Album in 1968, Lennon claims the Walrus to be ‘Paul’, as in his good friend and songwriting partner Paul McCartney.

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  • musikpuppy101

    Makes me happy.

    16 Dec 6:26am Reply
  • Joaomaga

    Melhor álbum dos Beatles.

    13 Dec 10:57pm Reply
  • whydearprudence

    I am the walrus goo goo g' joob <3

    8 Dec 5:57pm Reply
  • andressafic

    <3 goo goo g´joob

    26 Nov 10:04pm Reply
  • Bronskosos

    Smooth like my panda

    25 Oct 1:08pm Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    everybody smoke pot, everybody smoke pot...

    17 Oct 9:18am Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    woooooooo

    15 Oct 11:53am Reply
  • atearmstoholdya

    "Yellow matted custard, dripping from a dead dogs' eye." was given to John Lennon by Donovan.

    21 Sep 5:52am Reply
  • Flemishine

    Can you imagine the conception and discovery discussions, rehersals, practices, staging discussions for the video, the whole production machinery in full Lennon white logic and heat? Can you? If you could, you wouldn't be reading me right now!......One problem remains: "John DEAD. Me in charge now"...........

    8 Sep 11:07pm Reply
  • moodymoondog

    John said in the Anthology that fans would really love to hear HIS version. Yeah John, I really would. Maybe someday Yoko will release it...

    8 Sep 5:23am Reply
  • moodymoondog

    Expert texpert choking smoker don't you think the joker laughs at you? ho ho ho hee hee hee ha ha ha See how they run like pigs from a gun see how they fly, I'm crying I's cry-ying Semolina Pilchard, climbing up the Eiffell Tower I am the Egg man, They are the Egg Men, I am the WALRUS GOO GOO CACHOO Got one got one every body's got one (not smoke pot smoke pot every body smoke pot) sorry

    8 Sep 5:21am Reply
  • gtrman61

    I am the Walrus is a far better song than hello goodbye and should have been given the A side.

    7 Sep 8:47pm Reply
  • oxmar

    TE-MA-ZO

    30 Aug 12:04am Reply
  • Bronskosos

    I'm the Walrus

    28 Aug 3:13pm Reply
  • DaphnePaugam

    HO HO HO HEE HEE HEE HA HA HA

    13 Jun 4:20pm Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    this is the coolest song ever

    24 May 2:25am Reply
  • primbn

    Que música legal, vou prestar atenção na letra, e... não, pera. DORGAS, mano.

    8 May 4:55pm Reply
  • Bastard1

    Anthology 2 version is too badass. Whoever complains about Ringo can listen to this, shut the fuck up, and continue eating dicks.

    17 Apr 6:57pm Reply
  • hebejeebies

    Cuckoo cashew everybody haha

    24 Mar 2:46am Reply
  • Joey_Kirks

    Still one of their best songs

    23 Mar 9:31am Reply
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