What does I am the Walrus mean?

Beatles: I am the Walrus Meaning

Album cover for I am the Walrus album cover

Song Released: 1967

I am the Walrus Lyrics

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 cryin’

sittin on a corn flake, waitin on the van to come.
corporation tee-shirt,stupid bloody tuesday man you been a...

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    Sep 3rd 2008 !⃝

    It means absolutely nothing, which makes it genius. The Beatles wrote this song to mean nothing, and nothing more. "SITTING ON A CORN FLAKE, WAITING FOR THE VAN TO COME!" I heard that a classroom was assigned to interpret the meaning to a song, and some kid wrote the assignment to the Beatles. Their answer? THIS SONG!

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 27th 2008 !⃝

    Without getting hung up on the implications of LSD which have been so vehemently spouted forth, I would like to mak my claims as to the meaning of the song. First, the idea of the walrus as a symbol of death may be traced to a journalist who was mistaken in his interpretation of the song. a retraction was made by the magazine but, like many retractions, was overlooked. The walrus line is primarily a reference to Louis Carrol's poem. John had admitted this in a later interview. The only other uses of the walrus in mythology and literature are inconsequential and less than applicable here. The song itself was a combination of multiple songs which could not be finished as independent ideas and, thus, were placed together. This accounts for the lack of coherence in the lyrics.

    So there's my shot. Take it or leave it

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  3. nicolascoatsworth
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    Aug 9th 2008 !⃝

    I believe that the Beatles were definitely on LSD when they wrote this song.... I think that you cannot understand the song, the song meaning is only understood by them or if you have a similar "trip" they may become clear to you but only as you are in that state and after that the meaning is unknown.... Basically.... The lyrics make sense if you are on acid......

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  4. anonymous
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    Jul 27th 2008 !⃝

    None of it really make much sense but the line "yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye" make less sense than I thought possible. That and it kind of grosses me out. Anyone care to speculate further (no seriously, I'm not just being a smartalic, somebody tell me what the f##k it means).

  5. anonymous
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    Jul 26th 2008 !⃝

    This song was written to confuse people like us who interpret Beatles songs.

  6. Perfect16
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    Jul 26th 2008 !⃝

    You guys all have great ideas but, John wasn't the walrus if you listen to the song "Glass Oinon" by The Beatles in verse two the lyrics are, " I told you about Walrus the MEAN MAN (I don't think the walrus would be a social butterfly based on the last 2 words)"You know that were as close as can be man, while heres another clue for you all the walrus was PAUL" (it states its a clue which leads me to believe that I Am the walrus was in fact made to make music critics think it also says Paul which would be referring to Paul McCartney.)

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  7. Insight
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    Jul 3rd 2008 !⃝

    The whole song is meaningless until the final sounds which if listened to carefully say over and over "everybody's smoking pot, everybody's smoking pot, everybody's smoking pot.

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  8. anonymous
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    Jun 20th 2008 !⃝

    Your all idiots! HE WAS HIGH!! what else do you want?!?!?! or you were right and he's just messing with us. (:

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  9. qris24
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    Apr 27th 2008 !⃝

    Just a note on some of the lyrics: "yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog's eye" is an allusion too a commonly held belief in metaphysical circles that we come from the dog star Sirius which is a star system on the belt of the constellation Orion. The 'dead dog's eye' is Sirius, the 'dog' might be an allusion to God. The 'Yellow matter custard' is an allusion the primordial ooze that human life supposedly evolved of which is alluded to again in the lyrics: "Semilina Pilchard climbing up the eiffel tower". 'Semilina Pilchcard' (and you can find both these words in the dictionary) is a pudding made from low grade sardines and the 'Eiffel Tower' is actually a pun it is 'the EYEFULL tower' which is an allusion to the eye in the pyramid so this lyric is about human life evolvong out of the primordial ooze evolving up the pyramid of consciousness.

  10. anonymous
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    Apr 8th 2008 !⃝

    This song was a mashed up version of three songs Paul was trying to write with the gaps filled in by Lennon from various acid trips and conversations. Most of it has no meaning what so ever. John found out that an old grade school teacher was having his students interpret Beatles lyrics. John's response is one of my favorite Beatles quotes, "Let's see those F-er's figure that one out." As for the walrus, John also said after finding out that the Walrus was the bad guy, "Oh s@#$, I picked the wrong guy."

  11. anonymous
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    Mar 29th 2008 !⃝

    Although many may find it shameful, I never listened to a Beatles song until Julie Taymor's direction of "Across the Universe." Since, I have become slightly obsessed with deciphering the lyrics of this song and many others. I have come to the conclusion that the words are simply there to be taken like any other great work of poetry: as the reader wants it to mean. It frustrates me greatly that I cannot delve into the greatness of the author's mind, but my own little version will have to suffice. Reality is naught but perception. I think that that is the point Lennon was making.

  12. anonymous
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    Mar 17th 2008 !⃝

    *SIGH* Im sorry to say this but there is an actual meaning to the song
    *I am the egg man means ~Children~

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  13. anonymous
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    Feb 25th 2008 !⃝

    They wanted to break the accusations that all their songs were deep and revolutionary. They wrote this as a nonsensical song that couldn't be interpreted, or analyzed. That's evident if you listen to it.

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  14. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2008 !⃝

    This song was written about 4 or 5 days after Brian Epstein, their manager (the 5th Beatle) died. It is actually about industry, and corporations, and twisted business. John commented on this song saying "all these financial takeovers and things-it's just like monopoly."

  15. anonymous
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    Jan 3rd 2008 !⃝

    Basically Lennon had a couple different songs that he was trying to write, inspired by different acid trips. He got a letter from a fan saying that his teacher was having them interpret the lyrics, so he combined the songs and made a totally nonsensical one. He remarked to a friend, "Let the f*****s work that one out."

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