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I Am the Walrus Lyric Dissection
11 December 2018
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I know that some fans have been dissecting the lyrics to I Am The Walrus , trying to figure out a deeper meaning to the song. So here’s what I know: The song is based off of a poem called “The Walrus and the Carpenter” which was written by Lewis Carroll. The poem’s meaning is not entirely confirmed but there are many theories. Some people believe that the song I Am The Walrus was intended to have symbolized the same things that the poem by Lewis Carroll does. In a 1980 interview, John stated that there was no political or religious meaning behind the song’s lyrics at all. So I am interested to hear other people’s thoughts on this.

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silverhammerYT said
I know that some fans have been dissecting the lyrics to I Am The Walrus , trying to figure out a deeper meaning to the song. So here’s what I know: The song is based off of a poem called “The Walrus and the Carpenter” which was written by Lewis Carroll. The poem’s meaning is not entirely confirmed but there are many theories. Some people believe that the song I Am The Walrus was intended to have symbolized the same things that the poem by Lewis Carroll does. In a 1980 interview, John stated that there was no political or religious meaning behind the song’s lyrics at all. So I am interested to hear other people’s thoughts on this.  

If I had to guess John's writing process, I would assume that he made up random and fun sounding phrases, some just because they sounded cool and some based on real life, possibly to get some subtle jabs in at people. I believe John-- I don't think it's political or religious.

Also, apparently John later found out that the Walrus is actually the villain in the poem, so really the song should have been called I Am The Carpenter... doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

I remember when I was little I asked about the lyrics (because to my 5 or 6 year old self it was the craziest thing ever) and my dad told me John didn't like the fact that Beatles songs were having to be analyzed by schoolkids, so he purposely wrote a song that made no sense so the teachers couldn't assign it. No idea if it's true or not but it's a nice story.

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Also welcome, @silverhammerYT ! 

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50yearslate said
Also welcome, @silverhammerYT !   

Thanks, mate! I can’t believe I didn’t know that this forum existed until very recently.

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Thanks, mate! I can’t believe I didn’t know that this forum existed until very recently.  

That was me a month ago. a-hard-days-night-george-10 

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50yearslate said

If I had to guess John's writing process, I would assume that he made up random and fun sounding phrases, some just because they sounded cool and some based on real life, possibly to get some subtle jabs in at people. I believe John-- I don't think it's political or religious.

Also, apparently John later found out that the Walrus is actually the villain in the poem, so really the song should have been called I Am The Carpenter... doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

I remember when I was little I asked about the lyrics (because to my 5 or 6 year old self it was the craziest thing ever) and my dad told me John didn't like the fact that Beatles songs were having to be analyzed by schoolkids, so he purposely wrote a song that made no sense so the teachers couldn't assign it. No idea if it's true or not but it's a nice story.  

I definitely agree with you. I think I remember reading about the Walrus being a villain and the alternative title that would have been more fitting, but I also very much agree that I Am The Walrus is much more catchy and the song is a wonderful classic for us fans. 

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Donovan has a song called The Walrus and the Carpenter that he played for Paul in a one on one studio session. Lewis Carroll was popular among psychedelic songwriters because they liked the way his lyrics sounded wacky and outlandish, and they could often interpret their own meanings from then. Lennon loved The Jabberwocky especially. I believe that I Am The Walrus was written mainly to create lyrical flow and psychedelic imagery. Any deeper meaning can be thought up by the listener, but I do not think John had anything special in mind. 

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50yearslate said

That was me a month ago. a-hard-days-night-george-10   

Haha yeah. I know it’s not generally accepted to chat off topic, but I was wondering who your favorite Beatle is. My favorite is definitely Ringo.

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11 December 2018
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sir walter raleigh said
Donovan has a song called The Walrus and the Carpenter that he played for Paul in a one on one studio session. Lewis Carroll was popular among psychedelic songwriters because they liked the way his lyrics sounded wacky and outlandish, and they could often interpret their own meanings from then. Lennon loved The Jabberwocky especially. I believe that I Am The Walrus was written mainly to create lyrical flow and psychedelic imagery. Any deeper meaning can be thought up by the listener, but I do not think John had anything special in mind.   

I agree that it is up to the listener to decide a deeper meaning, and I definitely do appreciate the psychedelic imagery of it.

Reporter: Beethoven figures in one of your songs. What do you think of Beethoven?
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11 December 2018
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Joe expounds on several of the points you all are kicking around a-hard-days-night-george-10 here. Be sure to read his page for the song (click on the blue-link title in the posts above).

And welcome to the forum, @silverhammerYT. Glad you found us. Have fun being a Beatlemaniac with us.

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Ahhh Girl said
Joe expounds on several of the points you all are kicking around a-hard-days-night-george-10 here. Be sure to read his page for the song (click on the blue-link title in the posts above).

And welcome to the forum, @silverhammerYT. Glad you found us. Have fun being a Beatlemaniac with us.  

Thanks, man. I read the page about the song and found it pretty interesting, especially the fact that the lyrics were indeed randomly written in a somewhat organized way that is catchy and fun to listen to.

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11 December 2018
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I'd like to point out this post that is related. https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....3/#p291833

I like this dissection of the lyrics to this song...

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50yearslate said

...John didn't like the fact that Beatles songs were having to be analyzed by schoolkids, so he purposely wrote a song that made no sense so the teachers couldn't assign it. No idea if it's true or not but it's a nice story.  

If that's true he's somewhere muttering about how "They're doing it again"

Also, to add my opinion, it sounds like a bunch of cool sounding stuff thrown together to sound like it might mean something. Really, it's a bunch of random phrases, but maybe if you look hard enough you'll find the meaning of life. 

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The Walrus was Paul.  Did I need to say that??? paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

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How can you say that when @TheWalrusWasBrian is right here?!? a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

Just kidding, of course he was. I wonder if John meant it as an insult or a compliment... or maybe he was just trying to confuse the PID people. 

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Haha yeah. I know it’s not generally accepted to chat off topic, but I was wondering who your favorite Beatle is. My favorite is definitely Ringo.  

George. I love this question because there is literally no such thing as a wrong answer. (But George is my favorite. a-hard-days-night-george-10heart)

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