I Am the Walrus Introduction
The funny thing is, the rest of us just won't let it rest. Unable to accept fun, meaningless nonsense for fun, meaningless nonsense, we really are still trying to puzzle it out, to find some kind of deeper meaning here. It seems like there ought to be something profound in between the "goo goo gajoobs" and the "oompa oompa stick it up your jumpers." Some people hear obscenity; the song was banned from many radio stations for "offensive" lyrics. Others hear secret messages in the background of the mix ("Paul is dead"). Still others hear things in the lyrics that aren't there at all ("Everybody smoke pot, everybody smoke pot").
So what's it really mean? We'll have to leave it up to you to puzzle that one out.
About the Song
|Artist||The Beatles||Musician(s)||John Lennon (lead vocals, electric piano, mellotron, tambourine), Paul McCartney (bass, backing vocals), George Harrison (electric guitar, backing vocals), Ringo Starr (drums), orchestral accompaniment (violins, cellos, horns, clarinet), the Mike Sammes Singers (background vocals).|
|Album||Magical Mystery Tour|
|Label||Parlophone (UK), Capitol Records (US)|
|Writer(s)||John Lennon and Paul McCartney|
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On the ChartsAfter its initial failure, The Magical Mystery Tour album went on to sell a million copies in America and 500,000 in Britain.
"I Am the Walrus" peaked at #58 on the US Billboard chart on December 2, 1967.