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I Am the Walrus Lyric Dissection
13 October 2020
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the expert text perts, choking smokers are “Piggies ” if you listen to the song you’ll know, as they smile like pigs in a sty. Semolina pilchard climbed up the tower, sang hare krishna, and was kicked around. Elementary penguin and edgar allan poe were used to cover up the meaning. Maybe the beatles saw this on a france tour?

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Perhaps they witnessed something around this time –

 

https://www.beatlesbible.com/1…..ein-paris/

20 January 2021
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I analyzed this before, but I want to put it in clearer words.

What the song is about: The struggles of the Beatles’ life.

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together – People think of the fab four as one… they don’t picture them as different people.

See how they run like pigs from a gun see how they fly – The four try to get away from each other to do their own things.

I’m crying – refers to Epstein’s death

Sitting on a cornflake waiting for the van to come – Perhaps waiting for the touring bus to come.

Corporation t-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday, man you’ve been a naughty boy you let your face grow long – probably about drug police busting the Beatles

I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I Am The Walrus , goo goo g’joob – as we all know, John read lots of books and poetry, giving him good songwriting abilities. This is referencing the Walrus and the carpenter poem, as the walrus is the bad guy in the poem… many people think of John as a “not good” guy, due to his abuse towards women. The walrus supposedly said “goo goo g’joob” maybe.

Mr city policemen sitting pretty little policemen in a row, see how they fly like lucy in the sky see how they run – I know this song is actually 3 unfinished songs put together to make a nonsensical song. But this probably refers to drug police again.

Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dogs eye – …what the hell? This might be another reference to Epstein’s death. No, it’s not a paul is dead reference, everybody knows that theory is bogus.  

Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess, boy you been a naughty girl you let your knickers down – Ok, I can’t think of a meaning for this. Maybe this is a reference to girls exposing their breasts at the beatles during ed sullivan show concerts. Yeah, that happened. 

Sitting in an english garden waiting for the sun, if the sun don’t come you get a tan from standing in the english rain – It rains a lot in england, so this may be referring to that.

Expert textpert, choking smokers, don’t you think the joker laughs at you? – I have no meaning for this. This is most likely sprinkled into the song to add more confusion. 

See how they smile like pigs in a sty see how they snied – Same as the line above.

Semolina pilchard climbing up the eiffel tower – Most likely something that happened on their french tours. This also may refer to Norman Pilcher.

Elementary penguin singing hare krishna, man you should have seen them kicking edgar allan poe – This, again, means nothing.

Well, that’s it. This song was meant to mean nothing, so that’s why a few lines have no clear meaning.

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20 January 2021
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Hey Magill, this is from Joe’s article regarding the “yellow matter custard” lyric.a-hard-days-night-john-6

According to Lennon’s childhood friend Pete Shotton, he was further inspired to turn the song into a nonsense tour-de-force after receiving a letter from Stephen Bayley, a pupil at his old primary school Quarry Bank. The letter revealed that a teacher was having his class analyse Beatles lyrics.

Lennon asked Shotton to remind him of a playground rhyme they’d known from childhood:

Yellow matter custard, green slop pie, all mixed together with a dead dog’s eye. Slap it on a butty, ten foot thick. Then wash it all down with a cup of cold sick.

This became “Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog’s eye”, followed by a stream of mostly meaningless nonsense. “Let the fuckers work that one out,” was his response to Shotton when he’d finished.

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20 January 2021
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sigh butterfly said
Hey Magill, this is from Joe’s article regarding the “yellow matter custard” lyric.a-hard-days-night-john-6

According to Lennon’s childhood friend Pete Shotton, he was further inspired to turn the song into a nonsense tour-de-force after receiving a letter from Stephen Bayley, a pupil at his old primary school Quarry Bank. The letter revealed that a teacher was having his class analyse Beatles lyrics.

Lennon asked Shotton to remind him of a playground rhyme they’d known from childhood:

Yellow matter custard, green slop pie, all mixed together with a dead dog’s eye. Slap it on a butty, ten foot thick. Then wash it all down with a cup of cold sick.

This became “Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog’s eye”, followed by a stream of mostly meaningless nonsense. “Let the fuckers work that one out,” was his response to Shotton when he’d finished.

  

Yes and it’s brilliant when the fuckers bemoan the lyrics making no sense when that’s precisely what John was going for. I adore the song and the lyrics. To write a song where the lyrics make no sense yet sound brilliant is far more difficult than it seems. It also gets more nonsensical as it goes on. I can see folk nodding their heads at “I am he as you are he…” and letting the first verse go, it then just goes even more mad as it goes on.

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no wonder…

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I find this thread ironic, as the song was purposely written to be nonsensical to state that there were no deeper meanings hidden in Beatles songs.

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