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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  • oldiesfanjohn

    Another clarion call to arms. <3<3<3

    19 May 10:42pm Reply
  • RheiselSilva

    biltons vcs sao algum tipo de perfeiçao

    30 Apr 8:49pm Reply
  • RoomForSymmetry

    Schupid bloody Tuesday!

    30 Apr 3:25pm Reply
  • Borderer24

    Bought the Hello/Goodbye single because this was on the B Side.....boy you've been a naughty girl lol

    28 Apr 10:20am Reply
  • NadiaSchneider

    Need pot now... I am the Eggman woooh I am the Warlus Cooo cooo coo choo

    23 Feb 12:58am Reply
  • GhostHaunted

    "I am the eggman..." this phrase makes me think about Dr. Eggman lol

    17 Feb 1:31pm Reply
  • rutadelvino15

    i fly whit this track

    21 Jan 3:13am Reply
  • vinman76

    Best band ever....PERIOD!!

    6 Jan 7:03pm Reply
  • enxe3

    John was high when writing this

    4 Jan 12:41pm Reply
  • whydearprudence

    I am the walrus goo goo g' joob <3

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • andressafic

    <3 goo goo g´joob

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Bronskosos

    Smooth like my panda

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    everybody smoke pot, everybody smoke pot...

    17 Oct 2014 Reply
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    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • atearmstoholdya

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

    21 Sep 2014 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 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • gtrman61

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

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
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