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Song Released: 1968


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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...

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    drencrom68
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    Sep 27th, 2008 9:21pm report


    Glass onions were large hand blown glass bottles used aboard sailing ships to hold wine or brandy.

    John just like the sound of it.

    Again, listen to the Lennon Tapes or read the playboy interview.

    Sheeszh!



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    anonymous
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    Jan 13th, 2008 1:53pm report


    For people saying it's about Lennon looking at Pauls dead body through a glass onion:

    wouldn't it be more of a somber song if that were the case. excluding the last 10 seconds, the entire songs pretty upbeat. I think that, like in "strawberry fields" and all the other songs they mention, they were stoned out of their minds while writing this.



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    seasend
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    Jan 5th, 2008 1:58pm report


    Maybe I'm reading into this too much, but my 10 year old daughter and I have been recently discussing The Beatles lyrics. To me the Glass Onion represents the many layers of John's personality and he has made it glass by his open and revealing lyrics. He sights several examples in the song to offer insight into what he was offering in those particular songs. Does this make sense to anyone else?

    Thanks,
    Steve...



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    anonymous
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    Sep 22nd, 9:54am report


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



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    anonymous
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    Mar 11th, 2019 3:50pm report


    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.



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    mr_kite
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    Feb 4th, 2018 2:25pm report


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

    now, put it together "walruses"



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    anonymous
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    Oct 30th, 2013 10:45am report


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

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    anonymous
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    Nov 20th, 2012 11:57pm report


    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.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 2nd, 2012 6:12am report


    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



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    anonymous
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    Feb 25th, 2012 2:01pm report


    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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    ng
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    Jan 5th, 2012 1:08am report


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

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    anonymous
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    Nov 13th, 2011 11:34pm report


    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. ;)



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    anonymous
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    Jul 3rd, 2011 7:57pm report


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



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    anonymous
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    May 29th, 2011 5:27pm report


    Onion glass is a glass (not plastic) syringe.



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    Quick
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    May 3rd, 2011 5:40am report


    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



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    anonymous
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    Apr 25th, 2011 4:15pm report


    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.."



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    anonymous
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    Jun 13th, 2010 6:17pm report


    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.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 25th, 2010 4:49pm report


    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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