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The Beatles — I Am The Walrus
Album: Magical Mystery Tour
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Released: 1969
Length: 4:25
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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 T-shirt
Stupid bloody Tuesday
Man, you've been a naughty boy
You let your face grow long

I am the Eggman (whoo!)
They are the Eggmen (whoo!)
I am the Walrus
Goo goo g'joob

Mister city policeman sitting
Pretty little policemen in a row
See how they fly like [[The Beatles:Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds|Lucy in the sky]]
See how they run
I'm crying
I'm cry-'-ng (Ahhh!)
I'm crying
I'm cry-'- (whoooo!)

Yellow matter custard
Dripping from a dead dog's eye
Crabalocker fishwife
Pornographic priestess
Boy, you've been a naughty girl
You let your knickers down

I am the Eggman
They are the Eggmen
I am the Walrus
Goo goo g'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 (''Now, good sir, ...'')
They are the Eggmen (''... poor man, made tame to fortune's...'')
I am the Walrus
Goo goo g'joob goo goo g'joob

Expert texpert, choking smokers
Don't you think the joker laughs at you?
(Ho-ho-ho! Hee-hee-hee! Ha-ha-ha!)
See how they smile like pigs in a sty
See how they schnied
I'm crying

Semolina Pilchard
Climbing up the Eiffel Tower
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
Man, you should've seen them kicking
Edgar Allan Poe

I am the Eggman (whoo!)
They are the Eggmen (whoo!)
I am the Walrus (whoo!)
Goo goo g'joob, goo goo g'joob
Goo goo g'joob, goo goo g'joob, goob
Jooba, jooba, jooba
Jooba, jooba, jooba
Jooba, jooba
Jooba, jooba
Oompah, oompah, stick it up your jumper (jooba, jooba)
Oompah, oompah, stick it up your jumper
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper)
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper)
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper)
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper)
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper)
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) ''Slave,''
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) ''thou hast slain me:''
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) ''- villain, take my purse:''
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) (''If ever...'')
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah) (''... bury my body;'')
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper)
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) (''... the letters which thou find'st about me'')
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah) (''To'')
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) (''Edmund Earl of Gloucester;'')
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah) (''seek him out'')
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) (''Upon the British party:'')
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) (''O, untimely'')
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah) (''death!'')
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper)
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper)
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper)
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah) (''I know thee well:'')
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) (''a serviceable villain;'')
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah)
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) (''As duteous to the vices of thy mistress'')
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah) (''As badness would desire.'')
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) (''What, is he dead?'')
Everybody's got one (Oompah, oompah) (''Sit you down, father;'')
Everybody's got one (stick it up your jumper) (''rest you.-'')
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To me this is                                                                                                                       9-OUTSTANDING  
The Wikipedia entry for this song is quite an interesting read.

"Let the fuckers works that one out"  J. Lennon
Normally I had no time for Lennon even when he was alive, but this is an exception. As teens we used to wonder about the meanings behind the bonkers lyrics, but with age I've come to realise that the whole song is pure wordplay, saying any old thing ("semolina pilchard", "yellow matter custard") purely to fit into the rhythm and rhyme. It's just plain fun, with no hidden depths, just open shallows. A rare 7 from the Nottingham jury for a Lennon song.
I hope others had the pleasure of first hearing this on the kitchen radio on your local pop station and thinking "WTF?"
Still the grossest Beatles lyric:
Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye.
this song seems to be the result of Lennon thinking
"I could write anything and they'll buy it"
Goo goo g'joob good song!!!!!
 ExploitingChaos wrote:
Im cynical af but cmon u cant do much about it can ya
 
Hi, cynical af but cmon u cant do much about it can ya.

I'm Dad.
Im cynical af but cmon u cant do much about it can ya
Hello,

Big smile the rest of the day for me.....{#Cheesygrin}

Crabalocker Fishwife indeed........

Cordialement,
Truly one of Lennon's marvels!
 Skydog wrote:
Edgar: "I know thee well: a serviceable villain, as duteous to the vices of thy mistress as badness would desire."

Gloucester: "What, is he dead?"

Edgar: "Sit you down, father. Rest you."


 
As a kid I always heard that as serviceable militant. And "rest you" sounded like "RESCUE!" Great when you're wondering if Paul is dead.

Which he is.
 Dundas1965 wrote:

Privy forsooth, Skydog, why dost thou quoteth from the good play King Lear?  Pray tell...

 
Thou Skydog hast spake from the King Lear... we can hear at the end of the song...but you knew that.
 Skydog wrote:
Edgar: "I know thee well: a serviceable villain, as duteous to the vices of thy mistress as badness would desire."

Gloucester: "What, is he dead?"

Edgar: "Sit you down, father. Rest you."


 
Privy forsooth, Skydog, why dost thou quoteth from the good play King Lear?  Pray tell...
Truly one of their greatest songs and one can really feel the influence of our dear friend Lucy on this creation. {#Daisy}
Oompa, oompa, stick it up your jumper.
{#Bounce} {#Clap}     {#Boohoo}
Simply the Best! {#Meditate}{#Notworthy}{#Clap}
argh - I hit PSD on an awful John Lennon song and this even worse one started to play! 
Edgar: "I know thee well: a serviceable villain, as duteous to the vices of thy mistress as badness would desire."

Gloucester: "What, is he dead?"

Edgar: "Sit you down, father. Rest you."

 gjr wrote:
I did have a test today. That wasn't bullshit. It's on European socialism. I mean, really, what's the point? I'm not European, I don't plan on being European, so who gives a crap if they're socialist? They could be fascist anarchists - that still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car. Not that I condone fascism, or any ism for that matter. Isms in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an ism - he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon: "I don't believe in Beatles - I just believe in me". A good point there. Of course, he was the Walrus. I could be the Walrus - I'd still have to bum rides off of people. - Ferris Bueller

 
Classic!
i wore out this single out and had to buy another
 
 boontonite wrote:
Love the Walrus! The entire song is interesting the way it is constructed but the ending is unique, with the bass and top end moving in opposite directions.

 
To think that George Martin was still alive when you wrote that. :(
 treatment_bound wrote:


 
Lenin not Lennon and shut the f*ck up Donnie!!
Love the Walrus! The entire song is interesting the way it is constructed but the ending is unique, with the bass and top end moving in opposite directions.
Showcasing John's talent for delightfully pure wackism.
 Springbok84 wrote:
goo goo g'joob!

This always springs to mind now!


 
Edit: Gave it a 10

  Too bad for you.........


 treatment_bound wrote:


 
Let me guess........a movie?     Beatles not Hollywood.
A modern day Classical song. Spawned a modern word:

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Texpert 
Geniale!!!!!!{#Bananajam}
goo goo g'joob!

This always springs to mind now!


 
Edit: Gave it a 10
Right?
 
This track was originally inspired , musically , by the sound of an old police car siren....the man that witnessed this was Hunter Davies...he describes in his book how as he's trying to interview Lennon....who is swimming in his Weybridge pool....and Lennon says..."Sure , as long as long you don't talk to me...."....He'd been up late tripping and he tuned into the oscillating of the neh neh neh neh of the Police car...and wrote the first lines...i am you as you are me....to fit the rhythm of the passing siren.
Here's an interesting review of "I am the Walrus"!
John
 

Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Cast posed outside the Atlantic Hotel by rising70
https://www.flickr.com/photos/the_first_rays/

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 kcar wrote:
There was a small cottage industry focused on deciphering Beatles and Bob Dylan songs back in the day.  

 
Amen, and goo goo g'joob to you.



 unclehud wrote:
Oh my God!  Paul is dead!
 
For real: What is semolina pilchard?  

Opinion #1:  "Semolina Pilchard was Detective Sergeant Norman Pilcher, head of the Scotland Yard Drugs Unit.  He led the arrests of both John Lennon and Brian Jones et al, before being investigated himself for blackmail and bribery in the '70s."
 
Opinion #2:  "Semolina Pilchard is NOT a reference to Norman Pilcher.  Proof: I Am The Walrus was released before the end of 1967.   Lennon probably wrote it by the end of summer that year.  Norman Pilcher arrested Lennon on October 18, 1968.  One year after Lennon wrote the song.  Pilcher had only been transferred to the Drug Squad in late 1967.   By the time Lennon wrote the song, he probably wasn't even in the Drug Squad. So, that is a total urban myth."

Opinion #3:  Pilchard is what Brits call sardines and semolina is the heart of durum wheat used to make pasta, bread, pudding and couscous.  So John wanted sardine-flavored pudding.

 
I want to know why they used a clip from King Lear ("...O, untimely death"..."serviceable villain"..."Sit you down father; rest you").

There was a small cottage industry focused on deciphering Beatles and Bob Dylan songs back in the day. 

5/17/14 edit: I am Bill Goldsmith's Pavlovian dog: as soon as The Pixies "Where is My Mind" echoed off, I started salivating for "I Am The Walrus." And I got the biscuit. A great segue deserves repeated use, and this is one of the best. 

{#Clap}{#Bananasplit}{#Notworthy}
 
Clear evidence of the incredibly good acid available in those days...and ten years later it took the best stuff we could get to help us get this
What's with this....WALRUS music?!!



{#Cool}
"Sitting on a corn flake" Bet that makes a mess!
I know this is the Beatles...but I think this does nothing for me musically.
I did have a test today. That wasn't bullshit. It's on European socialism. I mean, really, what's the point? I'm not European, I don't plan on being European, so who gives a crap if they're socialist? They could be fascist anarchists - that still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car. Not that I condone fascism, or any ism for that matter. Isms in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an ism - he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon: "I don't believe in Beatles - I just believe in me". A good point there. Of course, he was the Walrus. I could be the Walrus - I'd still have to bum rides off of people. - Ferris Bueller




There was so much more to the British and European invasion than just "the beatles". Please spare me, I have had the knife poised for so long and every time I hear "the beatles" I just don't know if I can restrain myself anymore. And for God's (or deity of choice) sake please don't make me listen to people like Yo-Yo Ma wasting his talent doing covers of "the beatles". William Shatner, ok, just not anybody with real talent.

great song from a fantastic album...  we be dancing...
 
from I want to hold your gland to yellowmater custard dripping from a dead dogs eye? gotta wonder. the early stuff was total bubblegum, then wow music.......{#Yell}acid was good for them..........
Oh my God!  Paul is dead!
 
For real: What is semolina pilchard?  

Opinion #1:  "Semolina Pilchard was Detective Sergeant Norman Pilcher, head of the Scotland Yard Drugs Unit.  He led the arrests of both John Lennon and Brian Jones et al, before being investigated himself for blackmail and bribery in the '70s."
 
Opinion #2:  "Semolina Pilchard is NOT a reference to Norman Pilcher.  Proof: I Am The Walrus was released before the end of 1967.   Lennon probably wrote it by the end of summer that year.  Norman Pilcher arrested Lennon on October 18, 1968.  One year after Lennon wrote the song.  Pilcher had only been transferred to the Drug Squad in late 1967.   By the time Lennon wrote the song, he probably wasn't even in the Drug Squad. So, that is a total urban myth."

Opinion #3:  Pilchard is what Brits call sardines and semolina is the heart of durum wheat used to make pasta, bread, pudding and couscous.  So John wanted sardine-flavored pudding.
  Because you're sweet and lovely girl, I love you..   ScottN wrote:
Boy, you've been a naughty girl
You let your knickers down
I am the Eggman

 




Previously, on Hawaii Five-O:

Danno: So, what, you're not going to tell me about "Operation Strawberry Fields"?

McGarrett: No.

Danno:
No, no. Of course, you'd have to kill me.... I'm just curious, though: Was there an "Operation Abbey Road"? Were you the walrus? (Joe White gives him a disapproving look) Time to shut up?

Joe White:
Roger that. Are you people ready for the magical mystery tour?
This is an interesting song. these guys seem like they were pretty creative... i wonder if their music will catch on...
Boy, you've been a naughty girl
You let your knickers down
I am the Eggman
Go Johnny Go                           
The emperor's NUDE, folks
sitting on a corn-flake

Everybody in my church loves this dazzling song...
 
Kind of a useless tune to me. Bring it on. If this were by anyone else...it would have an average score of "5".
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 tee-shirt, 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, coo coo ca-choo 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, coo coo ca-choo. 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, coo coo ca-choo coo coo ca-choo. Expert textpert choking smokers,
Don't you think the joker laughs at you?
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 Hari Krishna.
Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe.
I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
I am the walrus, coo coo ca-choo c-coo coo ca-choo coo coo
ca-choo coo coo ca-choo...
 gigikent wrote:
cucucachu?! what a stroke of genius!{#Eek}
 
The phrase is "goo goo g'joob"   Check the liner notes!

10, of course!

 

PS

do not forget GEORGE MARTIN (Genius++)


Curiosity kills the cat- I love them all my life!
cucucachu?! what a stroke of genius!{#Eek}
"Where is my mind" followed by this... Bill you have my mind!? Or perhaps I left it in my other jacket and this is all just a giant coincidence? 
Sure, I miss their lack of mind
Zeuslike
semolina pilchard my fav food
 
I love this Beatles, but I can only rate this song a 6.
9. What was I thinking. 10 for sure.
" I am the Egg Man.  They are the Egg Men.  I am the Walrus, koo-koo-ka-joo."  Don't tell ME they couldn't write lyrics back in the day!
Look into a glass onion -  the Walrus was Paul
 GawgaBoy wrote:

Inglés es un idioma muy difícil. la ortografía correcta de "psicodélico" es "psychedelic"
 
Yeah, sockadelic, dude.
 orquidea wrote:
Totally psicodelic.... {#Clap}
 
Inglés es un idioma muy difícil. la ortografía correcta de "psicodélico" es "psychedelic"
See how the fly like lucy in the sky! ✹
Totally psicodelic.... {#Clap}
 BCarn wrote:
Beatles. All 10's. Negative comments ignored.
 
Way to hone those critical faculties. {#Clap}
So, I completed my Beatles catalog by purchasing whatever albums I still didn't own from iTunes, put all of them in a folder and have been listening to them at random for several days now. Really, not a weak song in the group and when they put their energies into writing songs for a complete album they were brilliant. In 1963 there wasn't a band in the world that could string together the amount of gems that went into Hard Days Night. And then, with Help! on everything is pure genius. I'm constantly struck by how much I still enjoy songs that I've listened to 1,000 times or more. What would we do without them?
Beatles. All 10's. Negative comments ignored.
This works very nicely after the Pixies!
We have a Beatles tribute band called 'The Eggmen'. I have not seen them but have heard they are very, very good.
 romeotuma wrote:


crackerjack jackpot...  love this song...

 
 



it's crackerjackpot, you crackpot
Finally, some sanity in my day.
...reminds me of the close proximity of commercialism to my soul. thin, non-relational drug induced nonsense. you're all hypnotized. coo coo ca-choo
 


absolutely brilliant...  miss you soooo much, John...

 


bingo by jingo...  love this song, and this whole incredible album...

 
John Lennon wrote songs from an absurdest viewpoint, in that his view was if you make something of something that ordinarily isn't anything then something else will inevitably become!     {#Yes}
The walrus was Paul.
 rabbi_phil wrote:


Well, they stopped touring in late '66 and "sgt peppers"/"magical mystery tour" was released in '67, so....

 

I know right? That Abbey road album sucked too.{#Wink}
Imagine George Martin's face when John came in with this one:  George then performed the greatest production job of all time: ON A FOUR TRACK MACHINE!!!
 Bluesgrrl wrote:
I got in trouble as a kid running around singing "smoke pot smoke pot everybody smoke pot!"
 
That is hysterical!!!!


crackerjack jackpot...  love this song...

 
This song annoyed me the first time I heard it and it still annoys me. 
 avatar71 wrote:
Not another song like it in the history of music...and if there were, it would only be because they were trying to make a song like it.
 
Fair point.
Not another song like it in the history of music...and if there were, it would only be because they were trying to make a song like it.
 ereme wrote:
I would like to be in this room for s day, please..
 
You are welcome here anytime as long as you bring a few women in bikinis...

love this groovy classic song...
 
 scmerriam wrote:
I would conjecture that it was the metaphorical nature of the lyrics, which allowed individual listeners to read whatever they wanted to read into the meaning of the song, that made it the favorite of many.
 
The lyrics are more absurdist/surreal than metaphorical, as metaphorical would imply that there was an analogue in Lennon's mind to, say, "yellow matter custard". I'm not even sure that they can be labelled surreal, even if the imagery reminds me of a Salvadador Dalí painting, as that also implies intention and meaning. I really think that they're just random mismatched words that Lennon came up with for the sheer hell of it. In that sense, it's like an abstract painting which, as you say, allows listeners to read their own meanings onto. IMO Lennon was taking the piss out of listeners as he'd have known that fans would wrestle with lyric meanings for years, nay decades, and enjoyed the practical joke of producing something meaningless to see what meanings fans would project on to it. Maybe it's a song analogue of a Rorschach painting...

I suspect the walrus might have come from The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll.

 ereme wrote:

I would like to be in this room for s day, please..
 
Be careful for what you wish for.

I never get tired of hearing this song!   The begining is timeless!


And I knew this was next. :P
In response to Bill's comment a few seconds ago about the amount of time people spent trying to work out the Beatles' lyrics, it is amusing that this song was apparently written specifically to be nonsensical. This was because of the analysis of their lyrics that was going on at his old school at the behest of the English teacher. "Let the f**kers work that one out." said Lennon to a mate.

Wow.  Thanks!
I'd love to see someone load the lyrics of this into some teleprompter-dependent politician's teleprompter, just to see if he/she would notice, or would just go on giving the speech and declare "I am the walrus!", and if the press would report it.
 sherf wrote:
Should be a 10, but they only get nine from me. They never did it live! Or did they? Prove me wrong...
 

Well, they stopped touring in late '66 and "sgt peppers"/"magical mystery tour" was released in '67, so....

 romeotuma wrote:

Everybody in my hotel room loves this song!


 
 


I would like to be in this room for s day, please..
 Conor1970 wrote:
Fell in love with this song and 25 years later love it just ss much.
 

My assumption is that you fell in love with this in 1986 when you were 16 right, Conor1970?


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song!


 
I love the Beatles, but for me this one hasn't had a lot of staying power.  It generally gets skipped when it comes on my iPod.
I know you all were just *dying* to know that. 
I got in trouble as a kid running around singing "smoke pot smoke pot everybody smoke pot!"
Should be a 10, but they only get nine from me. They never did it live! Or did they? Prove me wrong...
 yodasan_magoo wrote:
Strange song, only the beatles could write something like this that people would actually like.
 

How can you not?????

Firmly in my top 5 Beatles tunes!!


 heliosweb wrote:

Well, I'd say that the sum is greater than the whole of its parts.

I've always loved this song. Whether or not it can be considered a masterpiece or not... Sometimes you just appreciate something for what it is... not what it's not.

 

It has something of the quality of the Sgt. Pepper album cover: bizzarre, phantasmagorical, grotesque, and somehow intoxicating.
Strange song, only the beatles could write something like this that people would actually like.
Fell in love with this song and 25 years later love it just ss much.
 kobkob wrote:
one of the songs , if not the

 
Um...what?


Everybody in my hotel room just started belly dancing...  love this song...




The Beatles - I Am The Walrus HD, Live
The Beatles sent this and the "Hello Goodbye" promo to the Ed Sullivan Show in 1967. It was also released as a B-side Single for "Hello Goodbye" in 1967. (C) Apple Corp Ltd. 1967.


 blkstd wrote:

One album I did not like over all.


 

That may be the stangest comment I have ever seen.{#Eek}


Almost 30 years later, Beck would write excellent songs using this sort of mishmash of images...

this Beatles song is a great classic...


 

One album I did not like over all.