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Octopus's Garden Lyrics

I'd like to be under the sea
In an octopus' garden in the shade
He'd let us in, knows where we've been
In his octopus' garden in the shade

I'd ask my friends to come and see
An octopus' garden with me
I'd like to be under the sea
In an...


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    Sep 25th, 2009 9:41pm report

    What a bunch of morons with your interpretations...Here’s a novel idea! How about getting the interpretation directly from the Beatles...Duh!

    GEORGE 1969: "'Octopus's Garden' is Ringo's song. It's only the second song Ringo has ever written, mind you, and it's lovely. Ringo gets bored with just playing drums all the time, so at home he sometimes plays a bit of piano, but unfortunately he only knows about three chords. He knows about the same on guitar too. This song gets very deep into your consciousness, though because it's so peaceful. I suppose Ringo is writing cosmic songs these days without even realizing it."

    RINGO 1981: "He (a ship captain) told me all about octopuses-- how they go 'round the sea bed and pick up stones and shiny objects and build gardens. I thought, 'How fabulous!' because at the time I just wanted to be under the sea, too. I wanted to get out of it for a while."


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    Jan 16th, 2010 1:26pm report

    Ringo Starr went on vacation on a cruise and the captain personally offered him octopus and he refused but the captain mentioned to Ringo how Octopuses collect rocks at the bottom of the sea and they make a shiny rock garden, I believe this was mentioned in an interview


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    Mar 31st, 2009 3:01pm report

    I believe that octopuses garden is about that place of safety
    and happiness we sometimes find in rare places, the message is basically: we are below trouble
    in a safe calm place with you happy and hidden with friends.


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    Oct 13th, 2018 10:35am report

    It was Ringo all the way and should have been on the Let It Be album , Phil Spector was actually the one that said no because he wanted long languid orchestration, bloody toss. To even mention it was John is an insult , The song is Beatles superlative.......


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    Oct 20th, 2015 10:14am report

    I think it's the best song about suicide because it so vague and cheerful.

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    Oct 12th, 2015 10:55pm report

    You're all so funny...
    This song have such strong hidden meaning that I don't even think Ringo has actually written it... It was John obviously, unless a great ghost writter.
    It is also obvious that this song is the pendant of Yellow Submarine, and vice-and versa. Guess who sang YellSub? Never wonder why the only 2 songs underwater were offered to Ringo (Apple in Japanese!)?
    In ancient Peru, octopus was a multi-armed supernatural symbolic of sacrifice, especially decapitation. In other words, it became Kali in India, just look who is on sgt pepper near the bottom of the front cover : obviously it is her garden... So octopus's garden stands clearly for where Paul was buried more than 49 years ago now, it is not about sex at all...Wait, isn't 49 his number? Maybe that is why I deliver you this clue, otherwise nobody would have ever found it, who knows?
    Just to finish, the shade refers to the fact the one Ringo adressed to is underground, in the "submarine" (coffin) under the yellow flowers.


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    Aug 1st, 2015 8:26am report

    The story behind the creation of the song is very interesting, but sometimes you just have to look at the lyrics and interpret them in the way that makes most sense. The sexual references in this lyric are overwhelming, obvious, and pretty funny.


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    May 3rd, 2014 5:19pm report

    I heard that he made the song because of Paul McCartney being dead after he died in the car crash on Abbey Road. That's where the album name came from.


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    Apr 13th, 2013 4:36pm report

    Whatever the Beatles intended to convey, I found at the Monterey Aquarium an exhibit that explained an octopus's garden is the pile of rubble outside the octopus's home, made of the shells and bones of the octopus's prey. Knowing this gives an eery quality to the piece, similar to the playing of "What a wonderful world" at the end of the movie "Good Morning Vietnam".


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    May 25th, 2011 5:09pm report

    It is quite clear what this song is about. An octopus's garden.


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    Mar 28th, 2011 3:12pm report

    when I took L.S.D for the first time I was in an octopus's garden in the shade and the floor looked like corals...it's a beautiful song and it can be easily understood after taking acid(or while buzzing)


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    Feb 15th, 2011 2:01pm report

    I think it's just like the lyrics say... living beneath the "storm" of life.


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    Jul 16th, 2010 7:38pm report

    If Ringo hadn't gotten the fish and chips he wanted for lunch, this song might never have happened. He was spending a holiday on Peter Sellers' yacht, and wasn't sure about the squid he was served. When the captain told him later that octopuses keep gardens beneath the sea, the image inspired Ringo to pick up the guitar and write about it.


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    Jun 10th, 2010 6:57pm report

    It's about sex, obviously XD


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    Apr 14th, 2010 4:48pm report

    It's not that tough it's just that. Peter Sellers Ringo and Sellers cook on his yaght had a conversation about octopus(i)('s) and Ringo just wrote it with help from George


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    Jan 27th, 2010 1:02pm report

    Octopus's Garden is clearly referencing a vagina.
    "I'd like to be under the sea
    In an octopus' garden in the shade.."
    Obviously the author wants to be in or around a vagina, in an octoPUSS's garden in the shade of her underlying anatomy.
    "He'd let us in, knows where we've been"
    One would be admitted into the vaginal canal, after strict analysis of previous sexual partners, for precautionary measures.
    "I'd ask my friends to come and see
    An octopus' garden with me"
    One evening, I call upon my male companions and invite them out to a gentleman's club to to view a lovely set of female genitalia.
    "We would be warm below the storm
    In our little hideaway beneath the waves
    Resting our head on the sea bed
    In an octopus' garden near a cave"
    The orgasm would bring with it a great wave of heat. Following the climax, I will rest my head upon your thigh, near your vagina, or "cave."
    "We would sing and dance around
    because we know we can't be found"
    In privacy we shall rejoice from the pleasure previously experienced.
    "We would shout and swim about
    The coral that lies beneath the waves
    (Lies beneath the ocean waves)
    Oh what joy for every girl and boy
    Knowing they're happy and they're safe "
    My semen will swim about the tunnels of your uterus, or "the coral."
    Every X and Y chromosome will float about, feeling safe in the familiar fluids.
    "We would be so happy you and me
    No one there to tell us what to do
    I'd like to be under the sea
    In an octopus' garden with you."-self explanatory.


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    Jan 18th, 2010 1:23am report

    Ringy here was in India on vacation and when they served him it was I think was octopus instead of fish. He asked why and was told because of some kind of belief so he made one of his only two approved songs.

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    Jun 25th, 2009 6:30pm report

    The first line, 'sea' is a person or an initial.
    The second stanza first line, 'come and see' slurred is 'come in see', so it is a sexual reference.

    The guy with the hat is the 'ring leader' or 'introducee' with the connections to get the guys out of the lime light or yank them off the stage with one of those canes but not with the rounded end you might see in a cartoon, but rather something much easier to hold on to.

    The 'cave' is a rememberance of times past and a destination as if they knew where they were headed from a certain point in their lives. They hoped or wanted to share what they had learned, but simplified and said we are going to be alright, as if to hold without holding what is intangible and inviting others to at least consider the possibilities.

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