The lyrics were designed to confound those who attempted to offer rational explanation. But they are far from being meaningless. While there are phrases that actually mean something or are evocative of other ideas, there...
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 crying

Sitting on a cornflake
Waiting for the van to come
Corporation T-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
Man you've been a naughty boy
You let your face grow long

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob

Mr. City policeman sitting
Pretty little policemen in a row
See how they fly like Lucy in the sky
See how they run
I'm crying
I'm crying, I'm crying, I'm crying

Yellow matter custard
Dripping from a dead dog's eye
Crabalocker fishwife
Pornographic priestess
Boy, you've been a naughty girl
You let your knickers down

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob

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

I am the eggman
("How do you do sir")
They are the eggmen
("The man maintains a fortune")
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob Goo Goo Goo g' joob

Expert, texpert choking smokers
Don't you think the joker laughs at you
(Ho ho ho hee hee hee hah hah hah)
See how they smile like pigs in a sty
See how they snide
I'm crying

Semolina Pilchard
Climbing up the Eiffel tower
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
Man, you should have seen them kicking
Edgar Allen Poe

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g' joob
Goo goo goo g' joob
Goo goo g' joob
Goo goo goo g' joob
Goo goo
Juba juba juba
Juba juba juba
Juba juba juba
Juba juba

(Oh I'm tired, servicible villain
Set you down father, rest you)


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"I Am the Walrus" as written by John Winston Lennon, Paul James Mccartney

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  • +13
    General CommentI wish John were alive to see this site.
    MetaLunaon April 26, 2002   Link
  • +10
    General CommentThe song was written after the Beatles were going through fan mail, and they picked one out at random, which turned out to be from a school John had attended when he was young. And, the letter said that they were analyzing the lyrics of his songs in class. So, John wrote the nonsensical I Am The Walrus, largely based on The Walrus & The Carpenter by Lewis Carroll. It has been said that some of the lines were written by John under the influence of LSD, but Paul had nothing to do with it. It was John scribbling on scrap paper (I believe some of the handwritten lyrics to this song were auctioned off a couple years back). Semolina Pilchard, by the way, was a combination of two names of nasty foods John remembers eating as a child.
    jabbadatuton March 15, 2002   Link
  • +9
    General CommentJohn wrote this song and said," If Bob Dylan can write this crap, so can I." Just if anyone was wondering.
    song4juliaon January 21, 2002   Link
  • +8
    General CommentI read in a book once that this song was John's answer to all the people interpreting his songs because "it doesn't mean anything".
    0coolon January 06, 2002   Link
  • +4
    General Commentit is true that the Beatles deliberately put hidden messages and meanings in their album covers and lyrics and recordings just to keep their fans frothing at the mouth.

    the Beatles never took themselves seriously. their music may have taken a serious tone by the time Sgt Pepper was done, but the Beatles never took themselves seriously as a band.

    John, for one, resented all the hype and worked feverishly toward the end of the Beatles' career (along with Yoko) to destroy any little box the media and the fans tried to put them in.

    "I Am the Walrus" was based on Carroll's "The Walrus & The Carpenter" as Jabbatut pointed out, but was more along the lines of Carroll's "Jabberwocky" in terms of nonsense.

    the lyrics all have some foundation in Lennon's childhood and early adult life pre-Beatles.

    the lyric about the Eggman is supposedly about Eric Burdon, of fellow Brit band the Animals (House of the Rising Sun). Eric Burdon apparently liked to involve eggs in the bedroom, and John was taking the piss out of him. the Eggmen would be the rest of the Animals.

    and yes, tho debatable, it does sound as if there is a crowd chanting "Smoke pot, Smoke Pot, Everybody Smoke pot" in the background.

    also amidst the flurry of voices in the end of the song you can hear the Beatles singing the lyrics from their past hits, which is something they did quite often!

    John actually wrote the song after he found out a class at an English University was started for the sole purpose of deciphering the Beatles' lyrics.

    reportedly, after recording the song, Lennon smiled to producer George Martin and said, "There, let those buggers figure that one out."

    roger wilcoon May 14, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentOk, and Paul was supposedly dead because he wasn't wearing shoes on the cover of an album, and Come Together was supposed to mean at his funeral. MAybe people should stop trying so hard to find 'hidden meanings' and stop playing their music backwards looking for little things that really aren't there. I realize they were heavy into drugs, but I really don't think they tried to push them on anyone, and their music was too important to them to do that.
    nikkileemnon May 02, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSorry to disappoint you but (according to George Martin's original hand-written score) the voices are actually singing "Got one, got one, ev'rybody's got one!" and "Oompah, oompah, stick it up yer jumpah!" They were professional singers hired in for the session, and also did the "wooooh!"s and the various "hee-hee-hee, ha-ha-ha, ho-ho-ho" bits. Also, the lines from Shakespeare's "King Lear" were mixed in live from a BBC radio broadcast - it was just a coincidence that it was on air at the time.
    butterfingersbeckon June 14, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentjohn wrote the two first lines on two separate acid trips the rest of it was a bunch of random stuff just to piss off people trying to find meaning in his songs including part of a nursery rime he got from a friend (Pete Shotton)"yellow matter custard" etc.
    drajenon January 24, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTrue, John Lennon said the song was "Tongue and Cheek," and had no meaning. But then again, the meaning could have come out of his subconscious. If you watch the video and listen to the words, you hear a lot of tongue and cheek, but then again, there's the persistent theme of trying to understand a complicated society. In the end, you could hear what sounds like John saying, "I educate myself." John said similar comments about another Beatle song, but watching him sing, he's clearly trying to convey a message. So in a nutshell, I believe the song is about a brilliant mind trying to grasp meaning to a complicated society; his spirit very active amidst the confusion. Perhaps Mr. Lennon might agree to that one? John.
    JOrcaon September 02, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commenta philosophy for life: everyone in their lifetime is at one point the walrus, the eggman, and even.. the goo goo goo joob. so i suppose the walrus is the leader, the eggman is the follower, and the goo goo goo joob is just undecided. this song holds all the answers.
    magicnudiesuiton December 13, 2001   Link

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