First two lines of the song were written on two different acid trips by Lennon, and the song could only get weirder after it. Song lyrics have rarely been more weird than the words that Lennon used in this song from the album Magical Mystery Tour. Coming at the back of two of the rock music’s biggest albums, Revolver and Sgt Peppers, this was the time when Beatles were at the top of their trade, they werent only redefining records, they were being made into records. People had almost lost count of Beatles cover songs and live shows had been cancelled long ago as their music was generally buried below the sound of those thousands of bellowing fans. Dizzying heights had been reached by the Beatles.
That’s when Lennon received a letter from a boy in the school which Lennon studied in, stating that the English teacher there was making them analyze The Beatles songs. Every song written by The Beatles was being given different meanings, even a simple pop song like I wanna Hold your hand was being related to the Vietnam War. Lennon as a result wrote the most complex and the most weird song he ever wrote just for the sake of it to see all the theorists and analysts scratching their heads in dismay. Because after all there was nothing much that the song was actually saying.
Some of the examples of the random blabbering that Lennon has done in the song is below, in fact I rarely find a line in this song which would make some sort of sense.
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
I am the Eggman (whoo!)
They are the Eggmen (whoo!)
I am the Walrus
Goo goo g’joob
Semolina pilchard climbing up the Eiffel Tower
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
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
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
Lewis Carroll the famous mathematician writer gets a mention here just like the White Rabbit.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 belatedly realising that the walrus was a villain in the poem.
Although as would have been the wont of his songs, This song was realised with more ferocity and eagerness by Pundits all around. Making Lennon the Walrus in the song and even relating the Paul is dead rumour to the song.
PS : This was the first song to be recorded after the death of Brian Epstein, their manager.
PS : This one is dedicated to maruti and those smoky nights in OBH 😀