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The Beatles — I Am The Walrus
Album: Magical Mystery Tour
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Total ratings: 3825









Released: 1967
Length: 4:29
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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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I really wish I understood why the beatles were so popular.  Ugh.
 Proclivities wrote:

The outro has a sort of a "Shepard Scale" or "Shepard Tone", not "unique", but it's definitely unusual in pop music.  The ascending notes and the descending notes are playing scales from "adjacent" key centers, both beginning on an A note.  I know, nerdy stuff.

Another example is the end of 'Echoes' by Pink Floyd.  It's also extensively used in the movie 'Dunkirk'.

'T'was some REALLY GOOD ACID... I love how they engineered it to take us along on The Trip, every time.
My favorite lyrics in all of R&R:

"HOHOHO HEEHEEHEE HAHAHA"
proto-rap
 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






Update Pal   The fascist anarchists aren't socialists any more and they're not european, they're your own home-grown  radical Republicans! Long live The Beatles!!
 siskinbob wrote:


Well, born in '52,  I'm definitely getting old and I remember watching the film, in black and white. Really had to nag my parents to let us watch it. I already had the "double EP" at the time. No LP version. I still have the EP complete with the lyric sheets.  What a time  it was.

Well, born in  '49 ... hey fellow Brit what about Andy Pandy & co .....   haha

These guys rocked our country - then took over the world.  AWESOME.

A wonderful time to be born.  ☮️ and ❤️
 prs wrote:

is 1967 when this came out! OMG I must tbe getting old - we didn't have a colour TV at home so had to go to an 'old'  family friend who did to watch this in colour - so original and still sounds original



Well, born in '52,  I'm definitely getting old and I remember watching the film, in black and white. Really had to nag my parents to let us watch it. I already had the "double EP" at the time. No LP version. I still have the EP complete with the lyric sheets.  What a time  it was.
Oh damn... they are kicking out the best of the best of the best today!
 Proclivities wrote:
The outro has a sort of a "Shepard Scale" or "Shepard Tone", not "unique", but it's definitely unusual in pop music.  The ascending notes and the descending notes are playing scales from "adjacent" key centers, both beginning on an A note.  I know, nerdy stuff.
 
Thank you.  Being Not A Musician, I do appreciate the nerdy stuff .
 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.


The outro has a sort of a "Shepard Scale" or "Shepard Tone", not "unique", but it's definitely unusual in pop music.  The ascending notes and the descending notes are playing scales from "adjacent" key centers, both beginning on an A note.  I know, nerdy stuff.
 igotitmade2k wrote:

"Oh untimely death"

"I buried Paul"

Proof that Paul was dead



He got better.
Where is the "ho ho ho, hee hee hee, ha ha ha" from?  Is that the Beatles or some other source?
Pure John Lennon, with a healthy assist from George Martin and the boys.
 iloveradio wrote:

In the end lyrics it always sounds like ‘everybody smoke pot’. Even when I had good hearing.




Too funny, but true!
"Oh untimely death"

"I buried Paul"

Proof that Paul was dead
 TonyTurbot wrote:

Good fun, but the Spooky Tooth version is far better :)




I disagree!!  I like BOTH, but.......    I saw Spooky Tooth live in 1972 at the Asbury Park (NJ) Convention Center! The Beatles version is better!
Twice in a week is too much RP
Good fun, but the Spooky Tooth version is far better :)
 prs wrote:

is 1967 when this came out! OMG I must tbe getting old - we didn't have a colour TV at home so had to go to an 'old'  family friend who did to watch this in colour - so original and still sounds original

I watched this and HELP! on TV, a 19 in. "portable" B&W TV set. No color (or colour) TV in our house till after I came home on leave in 1978.

You were lucky to have friends with a color TV, though color is overrated.  
Great song to end a great mini series-Watchmen....

A must watch-
In the end lyrics it always sounds like ‘everybody smoke pot’. Even when I had good hearing.
 rhyfelgar wrote:

Had this not been recorded by The Beatles, I am not sure how many people would have rated this so highly.



In 1967? Where were you then and how old? This was not normal then. Maybe not yet.
is 1967 when this came out! OMG I must tbe getting old - we didn't have a colour TV at home so had to go to an 'old'  family friend who did to watch this in colour - so original and still sounds original
I don't like boybands
I always thought the lyric was "Mellow yellow custard..." as a reference to the Donovan song from the previous year.
Had this not been recorded by The Beatles, I am not sure how many people would have rated this so highly.
GODLIKE!!!!   
 Madness1954 wrote:

I still remember, as a 13-year old in the UK, watching in amazement the original BBC TV broadcast of Magical Mystery Tour on Boxing Day 1967.



Me too. Had just gotten home from skiing in Switzerland.
 Stingray wrote:

. . . do not forget GEORGE MARTIN (Genius++)


From Wiki:
Many Beatles biographers characterise the group's post-Sgt. Pepper recording sessions of 1967 as aimless and undisciplined. [23] The Beatles' use of psychedelic drugs such as LSD was at its height during that summer [24] and, in author Ian MacDonald's view, this resulted in a lack of judgment in their recordings as the band embraced randomness and sonic experimentation. [23][nb 2] George Martin, the group's producer, chose to distance himself from their work at this time; he said that much of the Magical Mystery Tour recording was "disorganised chaos". Ken Scott, who became their senior recording engineer during the sessions, recalled, "the Beatles had taken over things so much that I was more their right-hand man than George Martin's".
Talk about a jump up on the exponential curve of music!

This one put us quit a bit ahead!
If you haven't watched Watchmen on HBO and have this come up at the end, wow!

Great series and fantastic song to end it-
STFU DONNIE!
I still remember, as a 13-year old in the UK, watching in amazement the original BBC TV broadcast of Magical Mystery Tour on Boxing Day 1967.
 ziakut wrote:
I know it's Beatles...and I do enjoy it once in a while...but it really is kind of junky and disjointed.
 

No. it's. not.
I know it's Beatles...and I do enjoy it once in a while...but it really is kind of junky and disjointed.
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.
 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.
John
 

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

.
 


 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

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
 
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!!!