The Beatles - Glass Onion lyrics

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    Find out how the lyrics to Glass Onion came to be written.


    Beatles Album: The Beatles AKA The White Album : Track 3

    Year: 1968

    Lyrics: Lennon, McCartney

    Length: 2.10

    The walrus was Paul! The lyrics of glass onion was written by John as a fun song that responded to all the rumors about hidden meanings of songs such as 'fixing a hole' and 'there's a place'.

    The glass onion song borrows heavily from previously controversial Beatles songs, and references Strawberry fields, the fool on the hill, I am the walrus. To these songs he added new tantalizing references for the people searching hidden meanings in his songs. Bent back tulips was a reference to secretly spying on people 'see how the other half live'. Cast Iron shore is a beach in Liverpool; a dove tail joint speaks for itself.

    As for the term Glass onion? Well this refers to a group that the Beatles had signed to their apple lable. John wanted to call the group Glass Onion, but they didn't like this name and eventually named themselves as Badfinger.

    Individual Beatles role on glass onion

    John Lennon: Vocals, Acoustic guitar.

    Paul McCartney: Piano, Bass guitar, Flute

    George Harrison: Lead guitar

    Ringo Starr: Drums, Tambourine

    Other: Orchestra

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