Beatles: I am the Walrus Meaning
Song Released: 1967
I am the Walrus Lyrics
see how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly …
sittin on a corn flake, waitin on the van to come.
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drencrom68 Sep 27th, 2008 9:32pm report
Do you people ever read what the author of a song
has to say about it's "meaning"?
"PLAYBOY: "I am the Walrus."
LENNON: The first line was written on one acid trip one weekend. The second line was written on the next acid trip the next weekend, and it was filled in after I met Yoko. Part of it was putting down Hare Krishna. All these people were going on about Hare Krishna, Allen Ginsberg in particular. The reference to "Element'ry penguin" is the elementary, naive attitude of going around chanting, "Hare Krishna," or putting all your faith in any one idol. I was writing obscurely, a la Dylan, in those days
PLAYBOY: The song is very complicated, musically.
LENNON: It actually was fantastic in stereo, but you never hear it all. There was too much to get on. It was too messy a mix. One track was live BBC Radio -- Shakespeare or something -- I just fed in whatever lines came in.
PLAYBOY: What about the walrus itself?
LENNON: It's from "The Walrus and the Carpenter." "Alice in Wonderland." To me, it was a beautiful poem. It never dawned on me that Lewis Carroll was commenting on the capitalist and social system. I never went into that bit about what he really meant, like people are doing with the Beatles' work. Later, I went back and looked at it and realized that the walrus was the bad guy in the story and the carpenter was the good guy. I thought, Oh, shit, I picked the wrong guy. I should have said, "I am the carpenter." But that wouldn't have been the same, would it? [Singing] "I am the carpenter....""
There you go.
anonymous Apr 15th, 2007 4:08pm report
There is so much meaning in this song. John was playing with those who were trying to read into every lyric. At first glance, the lyrics are nonsensical, but if you look deeper, you can see a bigger picture. He is talking about the hippie movement, and how it was moving away from the ideals that they started with. He’s crying. In the 4th verse, he is giving his view on free love. What is “yellow matter custard?” In the 6th verse, the expert texpert choking smokers are the stoned college, intellectual hippies and the jokers are authority figures laughing at them and their ideals. This is a direct warning letting the students know that not everybody is listening to them in a way that they might expect. Lennon is warning them that like him, the establishment can use their ideas against them. In the last verse, “Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna” Lennon admitted that the line describing a penguin singing Hare Krishna was a conscious criticism of the spiritual naivety of putting all your eggs in one basket. If you look through the lens of the establishment, the song is nonsense. If you look through the lens of the hippies, the song is a warning.
anonymous Sep 11th, 2006 9:31pm report
I give "I am the walrus" the highest rating for a beatles song there is. It ranks with eleanor rigby, penny lane, strawberry fields forever, hey jude, and in my life as among their very best if not their very best. If one cannot understand the lyrics, one must understand a term called "poetic license"...The song is a series of images and impressions set to the most avant garde music the beatles ever came up with. Lennon's vocal is unbelievably cutting and vicious...Possibly his best ever. Coo coo coo choo!
anonymous Jul 3rd, 7:17pm report
In my years of advanced study unto the meaning of life I realized something worth sharing. You see in the midst of cleaning my fedora and sipping a glass of Chardonnay I came to this song through one of my many existentialist crises. This song has many and no meaning. If you look at the line "I am the Walrus" clearly the walrus is in relation to the universe and "I" is god. This is clear evidence that the Beatles were in personal communion with god. My Thesis? The Beatles were the messiahs sent to save the world from atheists ruining our society.
anonymous Jan 26th, 2016 1:06pm report
It has been said BY THE BEATLES that this song has no meaning. They wrote it to confuse people and obviously it worked!
anonymous Jul 17th, 2015 7:03am report
The song has no meaning. It was purposely written to have no meaning at all solely to mess with the heads of those who constantly found some meaning in Beatles songs that did not exist. I see that the song has had its desired result.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Feb 21st, 2015 2:04pm report
I really want to know how this is about Andy Weir's story the egg. That story just frightened me some. I believe that this song is about the poem The Walrus and The Carpenter(in Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass). He is saying that he is the Walrus (a character in the poem. John Lennon stated that he meant for the song to be about the carpenter (another character) but he messed up. It really doesn't matter because the walrus was just as bad as the carpenter and because I feel that the song was just for fun.
anonymous Apr 11th, 2014 4:16pm report
I heard that a student and her literature class were trying to find the meaning of Beatles songs and sent a letter to Paul telling him so. then Paul McCartney wrote a completely random song (I am the Walrus) to mess with them.
anonymous Feb 5th, 2013 2:48pm report
the song has something to do with the way the police view the rest of society.
as if they have a superior vantage point while at the same time seeing hmanity in an awful way.
about control and judgement and paranoia...
lennon got the idea for the song, one version goes, when he heard a police siren going by...
anonymous Dec 16th, 2012 12:06pm report
The hardest part about interpreting this song is that you have to look at the clues in other songs in addition to the Lewis Carroll connection. You have to know about the PID theory, but disregard it completely and understand that the death symbolism is one side of the Walrus.
It also symbolizes life and supernatural powers to the Inuit.
I think Paul's life was threatened, and two Paul's were born. PID is a cover story within, and a joke of John's too--the string of confusing clues/backwards messages covered in PID theories.
"The Walrus was Paul", but there are two sides to each character. Paul uses the false Paul to portray himself in a positive light because his evilness these days would show through... To all those who know about the paul is dead theory, the real Paul is very much alive if you follow the clues..
A symbolic death and rebirth, he's with the eggmen and Paul is the bigger manipulator.
John only initially chose the Walrus to confuse things, because of the protector aspect of the symbolism to Eskimos works two ways.
They're both devouring the oysters and feeding on them after the sweettalk, but one is less evil than the other.
Like John said in the Playboy interview he picked the wrong character to represent himself. He wrote the song the way it is as a way to make it confusing, because it may be the key to much of the other clues... By saying that he thought one was the good character, he's actually referring to Lewis Carroll again...
It's a reference to "Through the looking Glass", so let's go through the looking glass:
"'I like the Walrus best,' said Alice: 'because he was a little sorry for the poor oysters.'
'He ate more than the Carpenter, though,' said Tweedledee. 'You see he held his handkerchief in front, so that the Carpenter couldn't count how many he took: contrariwise.'
'That was mean!' Alice said indignantly. 'Then I like the Carpenter best—if he didn't eat so many as the Walrus.'
'But he ate as many as he could get,' said Tweedledum.
This was a puzzler. After a pause, Alice began, 'Well! They were both very unpleasant characters—' Here she checked herself in some alarm, at hearing something that sounded to her like the puffing of a large steam-engine in the wood near them, though she feared it was more likely to be a wild beast. 'Are there any lions or tigers about here?' she asked timidly.
'It's only the Red King snoring,' said Tweedledee.
So you see, John is almost admitting he was almost as bad as Paul...
He was sucking people in with the sweet-talk, the talk about love and peace too... But through the clues he left us he is playing the role of the lesser evil. Even though he was involved, took his fair share, and would have had knowledge of anything that went on behind the scenes.
In another song the lyrics say "here's another clue for you all--the Walrus was Paul".
This is almost a direct connection to what we have going on here and in the Playboy interview. It also lets you know the puzzle is a lot larger, and there are clues everywhere. Lucy in the sky with diamonds being brought up is no coincidence because that song is written under the guise of being related to the Acid trip theme... So people don't take it seriously, analyze it, and connect it to the other clues...
I don't know the solution to the whole puzzle, although my knowledge of forensic anthropology, psychology, anthropology and criminology has led me to certain conclusions... I could fill a book with it if I had an editor, and go beyond a lot of the stuff covered in the Paul is Dead theory.
IMO John knew exactly what he wanted it to mean but he wanted the message to remain hidden or obscured to anyone who was analyzing it. Eventually he wanted these people, or people who could put all the clues together to figure it out.
If you follow John's clues and backwards messages even the Paul is dead thing is a hoax and almost a religion intended to suck you in... The truth is the real Paul is a lot more deceptive than that and could still be alive while the double has stepped in.
anonymous Dec 3rd, 2012 12:18am report
He was reflecting lines of Lewis carol
anonymous Nov 27th, 2012 11:59am report
"The Egg" by Andy Weir. Google it
anonymous Nov 26th, 2012 11:48am report
the best way of eplaining this song and life in general is to read this short story by Andy Weir "the egg". just google it, it only takes a couple minutes to read and i know you'll appreciate it. READ IT NOW!!!
anonymous Jul 21st, 2012 7:29pm report
Parallel universe. I am he, he is me, your an eggman, shes a walrus, it's all us vibrations being mixed up together like white lite hitting a prism. Then comeing back together. I believe when I am born, my counterparts in these parallel universes will also become born and we shall become God again. Just as rain finds its way to the ocean, I will be God again. Then, as white light hits a prism, more parallel universes will be created and there is where another one of me's will be seperated and broken.
anonymous Jul 10th, 2012 7:44am report
I see some good interpretations but evryone is missing the REAL meaning of the song. To understand the meaning of this song you must read the short story "the egg" by Andy Weir. It takes but a few minutes to read, just google it... It will be the best thing you ever do with this life:)
anonymous Apr 15th, 2012 4:56am report
Some of the drums were overdubbed later. If you lseitn to the Anthology 2 version you can hear the basic track with Lennon's guide vocal. It has the extra measure before Yellow matter custard What I didn't know was that they scored that bit for strings rather than edit it out at an earlier opportunity. Thanks for sharing.
anonymous Mar 7th, 2012 3:54pm report
First off, a Trigger Warning would be nice :] Very well done video. I loved it. I like the black and white effect. 5 Stars
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