What does Glass Onion mean?

Beatles: Glass Onion Meaning

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Song Released: 1968

Glass Onion Lyrics

I told you about Strawberry Fields
You know the place where nothing is real
Well here's another place you can go
Where everything flows
Looking through the bent-backed tulips
To See how the other half lives
Looking through a glass...

  1. anonymous
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    Sep 22nd 2019 !⃝

    I think the song is a criticism of Paul. John was trying to say that Paul's songs were pabulum, shallow.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 11th 2019 !⃝

    I've scoured the internets and I can't believe no one else shares my hypothesis thus far.

    Verse 1
    Here is a place you can go where everything FLOWS.

    Looking through the bent back TWO LIPS.

    To see how "THE OTHER HALF" lives. (the other half has to be girls)

    Looking into the different sizes and shapes of the womb, would look like looking through a glass onion.

    Verse 1 is about the old spread and peek.

  3. mr_kite
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    Feb 4th 2018 !⃝

    sorry folks,
    its a casket.......

    now, put it together "walruses"

  4. anonymous
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    Oct 30th 2013 !⃝

    It's about Through the Lokking Glass by Lewis Carroll . Jings!

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  5. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2012 !⃝

    It ain't that complex. You peel back layers of an onion to see further into it. With many many layers until you reach the core. Their lives were on display for all to watch. Hence, looking through a glass onion meant all the good and the bad of their lives was on display for all to see.

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 2nd 2012 !⃝

    A glass onion is a bottle of thick glass - looking through it would give distorted view - kids look through for fun; everybody sees it differently. - gerryu

  7. anonymous
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    Feb 25th 2012 !⃝

    It's really clear. Can't you all see through it? It's a song full of nonsense. And that's the truth. Don't waste your time and GET SOME LIVES!

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  8. ng
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    Jan 5th 2012 !⃝

    The glass onion that John is looking through are his round glasses.

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  9. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2011 !⃝

    John actually wrote this song for no other reason than to confuse people. He didn't like the way people made their lives about interpreting The Beatles' songs, (ironic, right?) so he wrote all of this to get them talking. For example, "the walrus was Paul" line after John wrote and sang a song called "I am the Walrus." This made people wonder and debate about who really *was* supposed to be the walrus. Confusing much? Now you see my point. ;)

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 3rd 2011 !⃝

    A glass onion is a coffin with a glass top...

  11. anonymous
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    May 29th 2011 !⃝

    Onion glass is a glass (not plastic) syringe.

  12. Quick
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    May 3rd 2011 !⃝

    Even though John has stated that this is all gibberish to fuck with peoples mind when they try to interpret his songs I still believe it has some meaning. Many artists say the same thing, take Don Mcleans American Pie. he says that the song doesn't really have a meaning but it does... So to Glass onion I think it is mostly a way to fool people who try to understand the song but underneath it still a meaning.

    In verse 1: SFF is a fictive place/song just like GO and "another place to go" I belive (as others has stated) "go to hell you who tries to interpret my songs". "See how other lives" is bout fans trying to see how John and the beatles think by reading in the songs

    Verse 2: Is based on the Paul is dead hoax and by saying that Paul was the walrus he just messing with the fans minds but in the same time saying that, even though they are about to split Paul and John are still good friends. "Cast iron shore" is a reference to Liverpool.

    Verse 3: Once again he mention a song and this time (I believe) it is dedicated to the fans trying to figure the lyrics out and in the same time joking around with Paul is dead hoax. The fools are those who reading the lyrics to much and they still to this day "living there still" cause they cant understand these lyrics. reason for that is that they dig too deep, trying to use this as a proof for the death of Paul or something else. "Here's another place you can be" is either once again "go to hell" or John saying just let it go, don't bother reading this things but just listen to the song

  13. anonymous
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    Apr 25th 2011 !⃝

    you are all forgetting about one other drug..one that is smoked in a pipe that resembles an onion: methamphetamine. as we all know, thed fab four regularly experimented with drugs, including lsd, heroine, marijuana, etc. it is not unrealistic to believe they also tried speed. having been recently created, it was somewhat popular in the 60's..especially in europe. john references several songs here, in fact all of the verses are references to previous beatles songs. these songs all have one thing in common: having the reputation of being about drugs. if in fact this were true, why could this song's meaning not be to enlighten listeners on 'nother drug they enjoy as well. "here's another place you can go.."

  14. anonymous
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    Jun 13th 2010 !⃝

    This song was just John messing with all the people who tried analyzing his songs. Which is also why he refers to songs such as I Am The Walrus and Strawberry Fields, because both of those were meant to do the same thing.

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 25th 2010 !⃝

    John thought the PID's were funny and he decided that if he referenced the main images people would think he really was dead and then he could come out and tell them they were wrong

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