The Beatles Song Of The Day: “I Am The Walrus”

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The Beatles Song Of The Day is “I Am The Walrus.” “I Am The Walrus” was on The Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour” album and was also the b-side of the “Hello Goodbye” single. The song was written by John Lennon. It was a combination of three different song ideas that John was working on at the time. The first was inspired by hearing a distant police siren while he was at home. The second was a pastoral melody about John in his garden and the third was a nonsense song about sitting on a cornflake. According to John’s longtime friend Pete Shotton, John had received a letter from a student at Quarry Bank where John had went and in the letter the student said that at school they were analyzing Beatles songs in English class. John would then throw all kinds of crazy nonsense into the song so they could have fun figuring this song out! The term eggman was a reference to The Animals Eric Burdon who had the unusual practice of breaking eggs over his female conquests while making love and became known as ‘the eggman.’ John Lennon: double-tracked vocal and electric piano/ Paul McCartney: backing vocal and bass guitar/ George Harrison: backing vocal and lead guitar/ Ringo Starr: drums/ Sidney Sax, Jack Rothstein, Ralph Elman, Andrew McGee, Jack Greene, Louis Stevens, John Jezzard, Jack Richards: violins/ Lionel Ross, Eldon Fox, Bram Martin, Terry Weil: cellos/ Gordon Lewin: clarinet/ Neil Sanders, Tony Tunstall, Morris Miller: horns/ The Mike Sammes Singers: backing vocals. The song was recorded on September 5th, 6th, 27th,28th 29th 1967 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “I Am The Walrus” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.

  • “I Am The Walrus” reached #56 on the American Top 100 at the b-side to the inferior “Hello Goodbye.”
  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “I Am The Walrus” at #33 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis ranked it #11 on their “100 Best Beatles Songs’ list.
  • Length of song 4:33.

“I Am The Walrus” {Lennon-McCartney}

I am he as you are he as you are me
And we are all together
See how they run like pigs from a gun see how they fly I’m crying
Sitting on a cornflake waiting for the van to come
Corporation teeshirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
Man you been a naughty boy.
You let your face grow long
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo goo joob
Mister City Policeman sitting, pretty little policemen in a row
See how they fly like Lucy in the sky, see how they run
I’m crying, I’m crying I’m crying, I’m crying
Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog’s eye
Crabalocker fishwife pornographic priestess
Boy you been a naughty girl, you let your knickers down
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo goo joob
Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun
If the sun don’t come
You get a tan from standing in the English rain
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo goo joob goo goo goo goo joob
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Don’t you think the joker laughs at you? (Ha ha ha! He he he! Ha ha ha!)
See how they smile like pigs in a sty, see how they snied I’m crying
Semolina pilchard climbing up the Eiffel Tower
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
Man you should have seen them kicking Edgar Alan Poe
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen
I am the walrus, goo goo goo joob goo goo goo joob Goo goo goo joob goo goo goo joob Goo gooooooooooo jooba jooba jooba jooba jooba jooba Jooba jooba Jooba jooba Jooba jooba

 

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