50th anniversary: Good day Goodbye / I Am The Walrus

Till lately, I at all times thought that the Beatles single Good day Goodbye / I Am The Walrus was a 45rpm with a double A-side and thus virtually as iconic as their single Strawberry Fields Endlessly / Penny Lane, launched the 12 months earlier than. I used to be subsequently astonished after I discovered that I Am The Walrus was solely a B-side.

I Am The Walrus has one of the crucial weird lyrics by The Beatles, and that’s no coincidence. The music is impressed partly by a letter from a scholar of John Lennon’s old fashioned, the Quarry Financial institution Excessive Faculty. In it Lennon learn that an English trainer analyzed lyrics from The Beatles throughout the lesson. Amused trainer did a lot effort to grasp the Beatles’ lyrics, he determined to jot down essentially the most complicated traces in his subsequent music. The lyrics ought to subsequently not be taken too significantly:

Walrus’ is simply saying a dream – the phrases do not imply loads. Folks draw so many conclusions and it is ridiculous… What does it actually imply, ‘I’m the eggman’? It may have been the pudding basin for all I care. It isn’t that severe.

John Lennon

Video: I Am The Walrus (snippet)


I Am The Walrus was written in the summertime of 1967, shortly after the discharge of Sgt. Pepper. The music is made up of three totally different fragments: The primary half was impressed by a two-tone police siren that Lennon heard when he was at dwelling. To the rhythm and melody of the siren he wrote “Mr. metropolis policeman sitting fairly …”; The second half was about “sitting in a English backyard” and he nonetheless had the nonsense line “sitting on a cornflake”. The three components had been finally merged, after which the remainder was written, partly underneath the affect of LSD journeys.

Whereas I Am The Walrus was written completely by Lennon, Good day Goodbye is totally written McCartney. For my part, the music is a little bit of a sequel to the theme of Sgt. Pepper: Good day, this is the brand new band and Goodbye ‘outdated’ Beatles. An thought that’s strengthened by the accompanying video clip, by which The Beatles carry out the music of their Sgt. Pepper outfit, with a shot of the band members, waving of their well-known Beatles fits.
In actuality, the music is the results of a phrase affiliation train between Paul McCartney and Alistair Taylor, the later common supervisor of Apple, after Taylor requested him how he writes songs:

Paul marched me into the eating room, the place he had a marvellous outdated hand-carved harmonium. ‘Come and sit on the different finish of the harmonium. You hit any notice you want on the keyboard. Simply hit it and I am going to do the identical. Now each time I shout out a phrase, you shout the alternative and I am going to make up a tune. You watch, it will make music’. (…) ‘Black,’ he began. ‘White,’ I replied. ‘Sure.’ ‘No.’ ‘Good.’ ‘Dangerous.’ Good day.’ ‘Goodbye.’

Alistair Taylor

In September 1967, I Am The Walrus was recorded, adopted by Good day Goodbye in October and November. If it had been for John Lennon then I Am The Walrus would have turn into the A-side, however he was overruled by McCartney and George Martin, who each felt that Good day Goodbye was extra business. They is perhaps proper in that, however musically I Am The Walrus is superior to Good day Goodbye. And never solely that, the psychedelic I Am The Walrus can be far more consultant of what the band was engaged on on the time. The controversial alternative for Good day Goodbye bothered Lennon for years: 

( I Am the Walrus) was the B aspect to ‘Good day, Goodbye’! Are you able to imagine it?

John Lennon

George Martin and McCartney had been proper that Good day Goodbye turned a business success. Within the UK, the only turned the Beatles’ fifth Christmas no 1 hit in a row. However given the standing of The Beatles on the time, the only with I Am The Walrus as A-side, or as double A-sided single, undoubtedly had achieved that place as properly. I Am The Walrus deserved greater than the B-side. And now fifty years later, Good day Goodbye nonetheless appears to be receiving some preferential remedy: On the Beatles’ YouTube channel, solely a thirty-second fragment of the I Am The Walrus-video is proven, whereas for Good day Goodbye the entire video is printed:

Video: Good day Goodbye


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