Song Lyric Sunday: Gobbledygook – ‘I Am The Walrus’

Songs with nonsense lyrics are what’s called for this week. I shall spare you all the appalling ‘Agadoo’ (look it up if you must, but don’t blame me) to focus instead on these odd lyrics from a Beatles song that featured in an odd made-for-television film called, of course, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’.

This film was first shown on the BBC on Boxing Day 1967. I was fifteen at the time and distinctly remember watching it. It’s fair to say that my parents didn’t get it.

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 tee shirt
Stupid bloody Tuesday
Man, you been a naughty boy
You let your face grow long

I am the eggman (Ooh)
They are the eggmen, (Ooh)
I am the walrus
Goo goo g’ joob

Mister city p’liceman sitting pretty
Little p’licemen 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 been a naughty girl
You let your knickers down

I am the eggman (Ooh)
They are the eggmen (Ooh)
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
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g’ joob g’ goo goo g’ joob

Expert texpert choking smokers
Don’t you think the joker laughs at you?
See how they smile
Like pigs in a sty, see how they snied
I’m crying

Semolina pilchards
Climbing up the Eiffel Tower
Element’ry penguin singing Hare Krishna
Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe

I am the eggman (Ooh)
They are the eggmen (Ooh)
I am the walrus
Goo goo g’ joob
Goo goo g’ joob

Written by John Lennon

Song Lyric Sunday 12 December 2021

3 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Gobbledygook – ‘I Am The Walrus’

  1. Great selection, as this song is filled with made up words. The eggman was a nickname given to Eric Burdon the Animals’ singer by John Lennon, because he had a raw egg paraphilia fetish. Burdon achieved this dubious distinction after he told Lennon about this wild time that he had with his Jamaican girlfriend Sylvia. He said that he was up early one morning cooking breakfast, naked except for his socks, and she slid up beside him and slipped an amyl nitrate popper inhalant drug used to enhance sexual pleasure under his nose. As the fumes produced a sensation of excitement in his brain he slid to the kitchen floor, and she grabbed an egg which she cracked into the pit of his belly. The white and yellow of the egg ran down his naked front and Sylvia showed him one Jamaican trick after another.

  2. I think this was one of the first songs I fell in love with, I was about 7 or 8, I recorded it on my little portable cassette player and played it over and over, my friends thought I was so weird!

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