The way Paul is Jumping..omg!!! lol
I Am The Walrus
- Main Writer: John Lennon
- Recorded: September 5, 6, 27, and 29, 1967
- Released: November 27, 1967
- 4 Weeks; No. 56 (B Side)
After Brian Epstein died on August 27th, 1967, the Beatles were hardly in the mood to be creative. But when the shell-shocked band gathered a few days later, McCartney convinced them there was one sure way to handle their grief: by getting back into the studio. When they did, on September 5th, Lennon brought along an eccentric new song inspired by a report that British school kids were studying Beatles lyrics to discern their hidden meanings. Lennon played a solo acoustic version of “I Am The Walrus”, and, as engineer Geoff Emerick recalled, “Everyone seemed bewildered. The melody consisted largely of just two notes, and the lyrics were pretty much just nonsense.” Taking off form the Lewis Carroll poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, the words were a series of non sequiturs about “pigs from a gun” Hare Krishna and Edgar Allen Poe, winding up with a head scratching “goo-goo-g’joob!” hook.
“What the hell do you expect me to do with that?” George Martin said. Nonetheless, everyone went to work on the track. Lennon vamped on a simple electric-piano figure, and McCartney seitched to tambourine to make sure Starr kept on the beat. (McCartney’s diligence in keeping the band focused, Emereick later said, was “one of Paul’s finest moments.”)
The track sprung into vivid, woozy life in post-production. Despite his initial revulsion, Martin Composed a a masterful orchestral arrangement that felt like vertigo. Lennon asked for as much distortion on his voice as possible - he wanted it to sound as if it were coming from the moon.
“The words don’t mean a lot”, Lennon said. “People draw so many conclusions, and it’s rediculous. What does it really mean, ‘I am the Eggman?’ It could have been the puddling basin for all I care.,” The lyrics contained plenty of inside jokes “Semolina pilchard” referred to Norman Pilcher, the London drug-squad cop who’d busted rock stars like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and “The Eggman” was a reference to both Carroll’s Humpty Dumpty and a story Lennon heard form Eric Brudon about the time a girl cracked an egg onto the Animals frontman during sex. On the following year’s White Album, Lennon alluded to the song in “Glass Onion” with the line “The Walrus was Paul” - his way of thanking McCartney for helping to hold the group together after Epstein’s death.