THE BEATLES - 'Hello Goodbye'/'I Am The Walrus' (Parlophone R 5655) Nov 1967

On this very day in 1967 (5/9/67) The Beatles met up at Abbey Road and started recording John Lennon's amazing 'I Am The Walrus', a song he'd written whilst tripping on acid, the weird and wonderful gibberish (ie) lyrics seem to back this up.

This line is very English of course. We don't have pale white skin for nothing.

"Sitting in an English garden waiting for the sun.
If the sun don't come, you get a tan
From standing in the English rain"

The song was completed during sessions at the end of September '67 with overdubs of violins, cellos, clarinets and horns. I'm not sure why it was relegated to a B-Side but 'Hello Goodbye' was chosen to be the scheduled A-side when the 45 was released during the last week of November '67.

THE BEATLES - I Am The Walrus

USA release

Germany release

UK 1976 re-issue


  1. Genius in widescreen. The choking smokers line is a fave moment, that and the woooh backing vox that recede then rush at the listener


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