The Walrus looks like I feel at times: lost, bewilered, out of place. Writing songs is a great way to process feelings. I’ve written over 100 original songs, most of which only a handful of people have heard.
Today I listened to the 35 or so for which I still have some kind of audio. After several months of full time training as a music producer, I can (finally) hear what works in my old songs and also very much that does not. This gives me some hope of getting them done right before I leave the world (or lose my fine motor control or my mind to this Lyme or whatever is messing with me.)
While digging around, I found a musical experiment with my friend Albert from years ago. Many things now jump out in this recording as needing to be fixed and at places I don’t particularly like my voice, but it’s still fun listening if you like Beatles song remakes. This is one of my workout playlist songs now.
I Am The Walrus – Xeno (Free MP3 download)
PS. I’m singing the word “knickers” as in the original song, not the “n” word. As to the meaning, don’t read too much into it.
The 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.
I Am the Walrus
“I Am the Walrus” is a song by the Beatles released in November 1967. It was featured in the Beatles’ television film Magical Mystery Tour in December of that year, as a track on the associated British double EP of the same name and its American counterpart LP, and was the B-side to the number 1 hit single “Hello, Goodbye”.
Image from the short film The Walrus by Luke Randall.