Semolina Pilchard?

It was on this day Sept. 29, 1967 when The Beatles put the finishing touches on the mix for John Lennon’s “I Am The Walrus”.

John, irritated after reading in the newspaper that a teacher at his former elementary school had her students write a paper analyzing Beatles lyrics, he deliberately wrote a verse of what he called “Gibberish”;

Semolina Pilchard
Climbing up the Eiffel tower
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna
Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allen Poe

That’ll teach ’em!

4 Comments

  1. INCREDIBLE….I always thought that attempting to figure out Beatle lyrics was just plane ol’ “OVER THINKING” on my part!! Now this story makes PERFECT SENSE!!!!!
    wood

    • Hey Wood,
      With regard to Beatle lyrics, we don’t believe in “Over thinking”……Nope!
      “always thinking…..YES! To this very day!
      Thanx,
      R.

  2. I believe Pilchard refers to the infamous Sgt. Pilchard of London Metro who led the drug raids against John Lennon, Mick Jagger etc. The thought was that he had planted drugs during raids. Pilchard was later convicted and sent to prison. I suppose they serve semolina there.

    • John…..”Leave it to YOU!”
      Great piece of trivia….Also, didja know that the BBC banned “I Am The Walrus” because of the lines “Pornographic Priestest” and “You let your knickers down”

      There are so many stories behind the lyrics to this particular Beatle tune!
      Didja know that Eric Burdon claims that he is in fact “The Egg Man”…
      In his biography Burdon claims that in a conversation with John Lennon he shared a story about an extraordinary sexual encounter he had that involved an EGG!…..From that moment on Lennon always referred to Eric as… “THE EGGMAN
      Goo goo ga joob…

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