"I Am The Walrus is also one of my favorite tracks-because I did it, of course, but also because it is one of those that has enough little bitties going to keep you interested even a hundred years later(JL1974). It's from The Walrus and the Carpenter, Alice In Wonderland. To me, it was a beautiful poem. It never dawned on me that Lewis Carroll was commenting on the capitalist system. I never went into that bit about what it really meant, like people are doing with The Beatles' work. Later I went back and looked at it and realized that the Walrus was the bad guy in the story, and the Carpenter was the good guy, I thought, 'Oh shit, I've picked the wrong guy.' But that wouldn't have been the same, would it? I am the Carpenter...'(JL1980) We saw the movie in L.A. and the Walrus was a big capitalist that ate all the f**king oysters. I always had the image of the Walrus in the garden and I loved it, and so I didn't ever check what the Walrus was. He's a f**king bastard-thats what he turns out to be. But the way it's written, everybody presumes that means something. I mean even I did. We all just presumed that because I said 'I Am The Walrus' that it means 'I Am God' or something. It's just poetry, but it became symbolic of me (JL1970)."

Written by John Lennon, sung by John Lennon and stated by John Lennon "I AM THE WALRUS" VOTE- John


"John wrote the tune 'Glass Onion', I mean he wrote it mainly, but I helped him on it, and when we were writing it we were thinking specifically of the whole idea of all these kind of people who write in and say 'Who is the Walrus, John? Were you the Walrus?' or 'Is Paul the Walrus?' So John, I mean, he happened to have a line go 'Oh Yeah, the Walrus was Paul' and we had a great giggle to say yeah let's do that. Let's put this line in 'cause everybody's gonna read into it and go crackers cause they all thought John was the Walrus(PM)."

"I was just having a laugh because there had been so much gobblegook about 'Pepper', play it backwards and you stand on your head and all that(JL)." That was me just doing a throwaway. I threw in the line 'the Walrus was Paul'-just to confuse everybody a bit more. It could have been 'the Fox Terrier was Paul'. It's just a piece of poetry(JL1980)."

"having a giggle, having a laugh, and just doing a throwaway" VOTE-Undecided


"I was the Walrus but now I'm John" Words from the John Lennon song 'GOD'



"At that time I was still in my love cloud with Yoko. I thought, Well, I'll just say something nice to Paul, that it's all right and you did a good job over these years, holding us together. He was trying to organize the group and all that, so I wanted to say something to him. I thought , 'Well, he can have it, I've got Yoko. And thank you, you can have the credit.' The line was put in partly because I was feeling guilty because I was with Yoko and I was leaving Paul. It's a very perverse way of saying to Paul, 'Here, have this crumb, this illusion, this stroke-because I'm leaving.'(JL1980)"
"You can have it" VOTE- Paul (honorary)