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I told you 'bout strawberry fields
 You know the place where nothing is real
 Well, here's another place you can go
 Where everything flows

Looking through the bent backed tulips
 To see how the other half live
 Looking through a glass onion

I told you 'bout the walrus and me, man
 You know that we're as close as can be, man
 Well, here's another clue for you all
 The walrus was Paul

Standing on the cast iron shore, yeah
 Lady Madonna trying to make ends meet, yeah
 Looking through a glass onion

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah
 Looking through a glass onion

I told you 'bout the fool on the hill
 I tell you man he living there still
 Well, here's another place you can be
 Listen to me

Fixing a hole in the ocean
 Trying to make a dovetail joint, yeah
 Looking through a glass onion

Glass Onion" is a song by the Beatles from their 1968 double-album The Beatles primarily written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. This is the first track on the album to feature Ringo Starr on drums. Starr briefly left the group during recording sessions for the album and was replaced on drums by Paul McCartney on both "Back in the U.S.S.R." and "Dear Prudence."

The song refers to several earlier Beatles songs, including "Strawberry Fields Forever", "I Am the Walrus", "Lady Madonna", "The Fool on the Hill" and "Fixing a Hole". The song also refers to the "Cast Iron Shore," a coastal area of south Liverpool known to local people as "The Cazzy".

The song's "the Walrus was Paul" lyric is both a reference to "I Am the Walrus" and Lennon saying "something nice to Paul" in response to changes in their relationship at that time. Later, the line was interpreted as a "clue" in the "Paul is dead" urban legend that alleged McCartney died in 1966 during the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and was replaced by a look-alike and sound-alike. The line is preceded with "Well, here's another clue for you all".

Lennon himself dismissed any deep meaning to the mysterious lyrics:

“ I threw the line in—'the Walrus was Paul'—just to confuse everybody a bit more. It could have been 'The fox terrier is Paul.' I mean, it's just a bit of poetry. I was having a laugh because there'd been so much gobbledygook about Pepper—play it backwards and you stand on your head and all that


John Lennon – double-tracked vocals, acoustic guitar
Paul McCartney – bass guitar, piano, recorder
George Harrison – lead guitar
Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
George Martin – string arrangement
Henry Datyner – violin
Eric Bowie – violin
Norman Lederman – violin
Ronald Thomas – violin
John Underwood – viola
Keith Cummings – viola
Eldon Fox – cello
Reginald Kilby – cello
Personnel per Ian MacDonald

I've always liked the song and its sound. It's not one of the best songs of the White Album though, just generic rock music.

Interesting thing about the "clue" for you all lyric was written over a year before the story broke in late 1969.

It's a cool song. As Hombre says, fairly standard rock. But done well. Has that gritty Cold Turkey sound to it.

In My Life:

--- Quote from: Dcazz on March 08, 2014, 03:36:19 AM ---Interesting thing about the "clue" for you all lyric was written over a year before the story broke in late 1969.

--- End quote ---

That is interesting Dave. This is a song I wasn't crazy about at first but the more I listened to it the better I liked it. This is a neat thread for lots of reasons but I particularly enjoy that it makes me look back and consider my Beatles journey over the years.


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