Greatest Songs Ever Written: Glass Onion

“GLASS ONION”    THE BEATLES

glass onionPaul Is Dead?   Who was the Walrus?  The Eggman?  What secret messages were The Beatles sneaking into their psychedelic songs like Strawberry Fields and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?   The White Album’s Glass Onion tried to peel away some of the mystery but only added to the illusion with even more cryptic clues.   The John Lennon penned lyrics sneak in inner secrets of epic Beatles tracks like “The Fool On The Hill”, “Lady Madonna”, and “Fixing A Hole” which were all McCartney songs.   The vivid imagery might simply be drug-induced, maybe an attempt to mirror Bob Dylan’s multi-interpreted lyrics, or perhaps Lennon just wanted to add some drama to the Beatles mystique, one thing is clear:  “Glass Onion” was an incredible record and ahead of its time.

I told you about strawberry fields
You know the place where nothing is real
Well here’s another place you can go
Where everything flows.

Looking through the bent-backed tulips
To see how the other half live
Looking through a glass onion.

I told you about the walrus and me, man
You know we’re as close as can be, man
Well here’s another clue for you all
The walrus was Paul.

Standing on the cast iron shore, yeah
Lady Madonna trying to make ends meet, yeah
Looking through the glass onion

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah
Looking through the glass onion.

I told you about the fool on the hill
I tell you man he’s living there still
Well here’s another place you can be
Listen to me.

Fixing a hole in the ocean
Trying to make a dove-tail joint, yeah
Looking through a glass onion.

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