'I Am the Walrus'From: 'Magical Mystery Tour' (1967)
It’s no mystery why the lyrics of John Lennon’s classic, 'I Am the Walrus,' are confusing; the song is a stew of influences that include a nursery rhyme and a poem by Lewis Carroll, who wrote 'Alice in Wonderland.' Psychedelics also played a part in writing the first two lines: “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together / See how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly." “The first line was written on one acid trip one weekend,” Lennon said in 'All We Are Saying.' "The second line was written on the next acid trip the next weekend, and it was filled in after I met Yoko.”
The playground rhyme, “Yellow matter custard, green slop pie, all mixed together with a dead dog's eye” would become “Yellow matter custard, dripping from a dead dog's eye.” Carroll’s poem, “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” would provide the title character. As the song ends, we hear a few lines from Shakespeare’s 'King Lear.' Lennon chanced upon a BBC radio broadcast of the play, recorded it and mixed it into the song.