I Am The Walrus

Beatles cover by The Ladders

Published on 6 March 2013 on Youtube and Facebook
John Lennon's surrealist masterpiece of 1967 found him at his surrealistic, sneering best. It was included on the soundtrack of the Magical Mystery Tour TV film, and first released as the b-side of Hello Goodbye. One of the best b-sides ever…

When Lennon found out that the school he attended as a boy was studying and analyzing the lyrics of the Beatles, he set out to create one of his most complicated and intricate texts. Full of nonsensical wordplay, random inspirations, childhood memories, and literary references, especially to Lewis Carroll (from whom The Walrus and the Carpenter in Through the Looking-Glass comes the title). All this while thinking, «Let's see if they can find an explanation for this too!» Thus, I Am the Walrus, John Lennon's surrealist masterpiece, was born.

Many have enjoyed trying to decipher every single verse of the song. But from this seemingly senseless chaotic jumble emerges a veiled social critique of the British establishment of the time. It is a fierce condemnation of the obtuse system that stifles any spark of originality, repressing art and culture. Lennon fiercely and playfully attacks the social order, common morality, education, law enforcement, and bureaucrats, who laugh like pigs in a pigsty and criticize everything they do not understand and fear.

Even the music, inspired by the two notes of a police siren (which later become «Mr. city policeman sitting pretty…»), recreates the same obsessiveness as the lyrics, never giving the listener a respite, with a sequence of ups and downs that only pauses for the short chorus. But just before it becomes too predictable, there comes a change in tempo and atmosphere that serves to reaffirm, if necessary, that there is no room for any certainty.

In this video, we have tried to include scenes from each phase of recording our cover, without any playback.

  • Massimo Gerini: vocals, background vocals, tambourine.
  • Brizio Romagnoli: bass (Rickenbacker 4003), guitar (Fender Stratocaster), background vocals.
  • Paolo Santamarianova: background vocals.
  • Mauro Cimarra: drums.
  • Gabriele Chiappa: keyboards.

Recorded and mixed by Massimo Gerini.
Video by Brizio Romagnoli.


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
I'm crying
Sitting on a cornflake
Waiting for the van to come
Corporation T-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday
Man you've been a naughty boy
You let your face grow long

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo goo joob

Mr. city policeman sitting pretty little policemen in a row
See how they fly like Lucy in the sky, see how they run
I'm crying
I'm crying, I'm crying
Yellow matter custard
Dripping from a dead dog's eye
Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess
Boy, you've been a naughty girl
You let your knickers down

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo goo joob

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

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo goo joob

Expert texpert choking smokers don't you think the joker laughs at you
See how they smile like pigs in a sty, see how they snied
I'm crying
Semolina pilchard
Climbing up the Eiffel tower
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe

I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo goo joob
Goo goo goo joob
Goo goo goo goo
Goo goo goo joob goo
Jooba jooba jooba…

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