I Am the Walrus (4:33)

Cover of Love

From Love and 37 other releases

“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.

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Albums featuring this track (38)

Similar Tracks

  Track   Duration Listeners
The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever 4:26 621,737
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour 2:47 366,950
The Doors - Light My Fire 7:09 862,688
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord 4:34 390,762
John Lennon - Imagine 6:19 798,124
Pink Floyd - Money 6:42 829,237

Listening Trend

553,937listeners all time
3,523,572scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Explore more

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.
  • Bastard1

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

    Yesterday 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
  • Abomination317

    The lyrics famously make no sense. They were written specifically to troll teachers that had students analysing Beatles lyrics.

    17 Mar 12:27pm Reply
  • algenon50

    This song takes back to 1967 when it was on the radio.....still a great song today....

    16 Mar 8:13pm Reply
  • DarkElement

    Best Beatles song!!! so awesome

    13 Mar 10:37am Reply
  • beanerama

    Hearing "your niggers down" instead of "Boy, you've been a naughty girl you let your KNICKERS down"

    12 Mar 2:15am Reply
  • yerbyderby

    What the lyrics mean? God or the Beatles (what is left from them) themselves can give the answer. Maybe the lyrics have no sense at all. Nevertheless is it one of their best songs.

    10 Feb 6:41pm Reply
  • TheDeysion

    the biggest "wat" moment of their entire discography.

    27 Jan 7:35pm Reply
  • MackSpane

    It's literally awe-inspiring when a song written almost 50 years ago could be re-released and hit #1 on the charts all over again. It's like, upon listening to this, I'm reminded of how truly spectacular a group the Beatles were. Other than Mr. Starkey (and even he's under-appreciated), each individual was a musical genius and one of the best ever at what they did. That they somehow found one another on this huge planet, and did so within a small city is testament to the expression "anything's possible."

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • vinman07

    i am having a flash back! everybody ha ha !

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bowie_fan87

    LSD Máxima expresión. [2]

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • kiteo

    I imagine people all over the world listening to oompah lumpah stick it up your jumper and going, eh?

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • dscomic

    I am the eggplant

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Jezuxx

    LSD Máxima expresión.

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SomeOtherGirl76

    Smoke pot, smoke pot, everybody smoke pot!

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sl8221958

    everybody poke smot

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • iguiraru

    tema de locura

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • joecubbie

    goo goo ga joob

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • cristinaway

    LOVE LOVE LOVE

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • All 569 shouts

Listening Now

Top Listeners