John Lennon was a rebel at heart throughout his life. But did you know he wrote a specific song to confuse fans? The Beatles track in question features on 1968’s The White Album.
According to Far Out Magazine, Lennon was aware of Beatles fans reading into the Fab Four’s songs for hidden messages.
So the late star decided to fill one track full of red herrings and explicit references to other Beatles songs.
The song in question was Glass Onion which references I Am The Walrus and Strawberry Fields Forever.
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Lennon even went as far as to say The Walrus from I Am The Walrus was Paul McCartney.
While admitting he didn’t put a huge amount of thought into Glass Onion, in the face of fans thinking their songs had meticulously planned hidden meanings.
Speaking with David Sheff in 1980, Lennon said: “That’s me, just doing a throwaway song, à la ‘Walrus’, à la everything I’ve ever written.
“I threw the line in – ‘the Walrus was Paul’ – just to confuse everybody a bit more.”
Lennon continued: “And I thought Walrus has now become me, meaning ‘I am the one.’
“Only it didn’t mean that in this song. It could have been ‘the fox terrier is Paul,’ you know.
“I mean, it’s just a bit of poetry.
“It was just thrown in like that.”
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Nevertheless, he did admit there was some meaning to the track after all.
Lennon added: “The line was put in partly because I was feeling guilty because I was with Yoko and I was leaving Paul.
“I was trying – I don’t know.
“It’s a very perverse way of saying to Paul, you know, ‘Here, have this crumb, this illusion – this stroke, because I’m leaving’.”
This year marks the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death.
The late Beatle would have been 80-years-old this year.
In fact, Sir Ringo Starr turned the same age just last month.
While Sir Paul McCartney is now 78-years-old.
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