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I am too far away to bop over to write, but I would be happy to try online...like you post lyrics and I work on melody, or vice versa, or post an audio file for me to work on...just a thought! Edward
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Would you like to view my song YOU FEEL ROMANTIC at
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They were not the freak accident that many people think.
Very cool Michael!!!
I read in an interview with John recently that when they were in the studio with George Martin recording one of the many starter versions of "Walrus" John had them tap a line out of a radio and he perused the dial...when he came to the King Lear broadcast he stopped and it just fell in so well with where they were4 in the song they kept it! I guess they could pay off (license) any copyright infringement they might have made! They were, and always will be, a fascinating part of my life! Edward
Edward - In my book on Beatles songs, I spent an inordinate amount of time on "I Am the Walrus," so I know the expletive you're talking about (see below)! That song is the epitome of John and Paul's (even George at times) propensity to use hidden meanings, double-intendres, symbolism, and generally screwing with your head. It would have been so educational to wear their shoes in the mid to late '60s. They were amazed at their success, bored by it, loved it, hated it, and often made fun of it. Group think is like that - easily lending itself to ridicule.
My book has a photo of John dressed in his Egg Man outfit, standing at the keyboard of his piano, with his arms outstretched. Parked in the background is his psychedelic Rolls Royce. The Egg Man was Eric Brudon (The Animals). They called him that because he used to like to crack eggs on women during sex.
Walrus (1967) was a conglomerate of acid trips,nursery rhymes, and Hare Krishna teachings. The walrus in the song came from Louis Carol's, "The Walrus and the Carpenter." Somolina Prichard was the cop known for busting pop stars for drugs. The English garden was John's (his back yard where he spent most mornings).
The song includes lines from Shakespeare's "King Lear" (act IV, scene VI). It was made up from words of three of John's songs put together. After the final take, John made the comment, "Let the ******* figure that one out."
In a Playboy magazine interview, John was asked what the song meant. He replied, "Dylan gets away with murder at times; I just decided I can write this crap too."
While Paul most often had a definite idea (a goal, if you will) in mind when writing, John often patched together several poems and ideas into one song. Sometimes you saw them intertwined with Paul's stuff, sometime vice versa (e.g., "A Day In the Life"), but this one was all John's.
Fascinating and brilliant song-writing team!
Heard it before and I still like it!
Back in the mid eighties, I wanted to write a song but I didn't know how. I was just doing John Prine and Neil Young covers. Then one night I was watching SCTV (Second City Television, remember that?) with the late, great John Candy. He walked out with a western shirt, bolo, cowboy hat and guitar and he said "If ya wanna write a hit country song, ya gotta write about critters. Cuz folks like songs about critters." Up to that point, that was the best songwriting advice I had gotten. So I wrote a song and I call it "The Critter Song". I hope you like it.
It goes a little somethin' like this-
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