Why was the Walrus Paul'?
|John Lennon teases clue seekers and his bandmate|
Written days after the death of Brian Epstein, the lyrics of 'I am the Walrus' have confused everyone, including their author - read full story here
In his 1971 Rolling Stone interview, Lennon tries to explain the McCartney reference in Glass Onion: Here's another clue for you all. The Walrus was Paul.
Is Lennon teasing his bandmate? Or having a pop at the rapidly growing army of conspiracy theorists?
Interestingly, Glass Onion was a genuine collaboration between John and Paul. The theme (an attack on the 'pseuds' over-interpreting Beatles' lyrics) sounds typical of Lennon but in fact came from McCartney.
Their relationship was fraying but here they come together in a howl of complaint about how Beatles' lyrics were avidly scoured for hidden messages.
Ian Macdonald disapproves. He suggests that the 'sour A minor melody' and snarling tone of the song express the intent of they lyric" - a sullen two-fingered gesture fans in general as much as conspiracy theorists ('you all').