It’s been one of my favourite covers since being introduced to the “In My Life: George Martin” album. The whole album, from Goldie Hawn‘s Hard Day’s Night to Robin Williams and Bobby McFerrin covering Come Together and even Billy Connolly‘s Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite is constantly on my iPod but I think it’s this cover of I am the Walrus that I love the most.
The song itself, written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was in The Beatles’ 1967 television film and album Magical Mystery Tour, and was the B-side to their number 1 hit Hello, Goodbye. The story of the song from Wikipedia is quite interesting:
The genesis of the lyrics is found in three song ideas that Lennon was working on, the first of which was inspired by hearing a police siren at his home in Weybridge; Lennon wrote the lines “Mis-ter cit-y police-man” to the rhythm of the siren. The second idea was a short rhyme about Lennon sitting in his garden, while the third was a nonsense lyric about sitting on a corn flake. Unable to finish the ideas as three different songs, he combined them into one.