I Met The Walrus Transcript
Could you please tell me what the situation is with you entering the United States?
Uh.. Well there’s a lot of people that don’t want me in, y’know, they think
I’m going to cause a violent revolution, which I’m not. And they… the
others don’t want me in because they don’t want me to cause peace either,
y’know. Because peace is big. And war is big business, y’know, and they
like war because it keeps them fat and happy. And.. I’m anti-war, so they’re
trying to keep me out. But I’ll get in. Y’know, cause they’ll have to own up
in public that they’re against peace, y’know.
Uh, what can we, as the youth of Toronto.. like what can we do to try and help you?
Uh, help me by helping yourselves, y’know, and uh, The militant
revolutionary is ask them to show you one revolution that turned out to be
what it promised, militantly. Take Russia, France, anywhere they’re at it.
What they do is they smash the place down, and they build it up again and
the people that build it up, hang on to it and then they become the
establishment. And you guys are going to be the establishment, in a few
years. And it’s not worth knocking it down because it’s convenient to have
the rooms and the machinery. The thing is to protest but protest non-
violently. Because violence begets violence, y’know, and if you run around
a while you get smacked, and that’s it, y’know that’s the laws of the
universe. And they’ve got all the weapons, they’ve got all the money. And
they know how to fight violence because they’ve been doing it for how
many years, suppressing us. And they only thing they don’t know about is
non-violence… and humour. And there’s many ways of promoting peace, do
everything for peace; Piss for peace, or smile for peace, or go to school for
peace, or don’t go to school for peace, whatever you do just do it for peace,
y’know. It’s up to the people, you can’t blame it on the government, say
they’re doing this and they’re, oh they’re going to put us into war. We put
them there, and we allow it, y’know, and we can change it, if we really want
to change it, we can change it.
Uh, what about the.. uh Paul, Ringo, and let’s see, G…
Uh, we’re all four individuals and George is saying to me, George is doing it
in his own way with the way he goes about his life. It’s not that they’re
shouting on the street corner “I want peace” and then beating up your mates,
like that so.. You’ve got to try and work your own head out, y’know, and get
non-violent. And that’s pretty hard cause we’re all violent, inside, we’re all
Hitler inside and we’re all Christ inside. And it’s just to try and work on the
good bit of you.
Um.. Like I read in the paper that um, y’know everyone seems to think that George is
the… nice guitarist and stuff like that but, I’m not too keen on George, I like him and that
but um, I have this feeling that you’re sort of drifting away from people y’know, you’re
still like, sort of like a symbol, I mean, y’know like The Beatles, like god.. stuff like that
and.. but no one in school like, if you ask them, what’s your favorite group they’ll say,
The Beegees, y’know, like I’ll ask them, why don’t you like The Beatles, they’re
fantasic, great, except that they’ll say like, um, for example the marijuana charges, and
they’re all, they’re all hippes, they’re gone from us, they’re dirty now.
Oh, I see well, those kids… they sound like.. sort of square, they’ve just got
to get from their parents… wings, y’know,
I know, they’re like… robots, not… like.. Once um, I just got this feeling out of your
double LP after I was listening to it for a long time, I started getting this feeling that
they’re a message in it, y’know?
Yeah, messages are there on all levels, on all, in all music, and whatever
level you get it on, I have added to when I wrote it or sung it, but some of
that stuff, I… write it, record it, and play it, and I still don’t hear it at all, few
months later I’m lying down, and I say “I think I’ll listen to The Beatles
album, and try and hear it in retrospect and not objectively. And it’s about
everything, so, It’s about UK, it’s about USSR, it’s about nothing and it’s
about USA; anything you hear is there, y’know, it’s all there either trival or
profound, whatever. It’s all there, y’know, and it’s the same as in a flower,
everything’s there. Y’know, it just is, and if you look long enough, all
answers are in it, y’know, and same with the music.