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I am the Walrus!

September 11, 1967 – Filming began for The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. Famous songs like « The Fool on the Hill » or « I am the Walrus » are of course part of the show…

December 26, 1967The Beatles film, « Magical Mystery Tour, » premiered on BBC-TV.

Magical Mistery Tour (filming the Walrus)

Shot in color but broadcast in black-and-white, the show was confusing and a disappointment to fans and reviewers. A Daily Express critic wrote that he had never seen « such blatant rubbish. » A planned U.S. airing was soon cancelled.

Songs in order of their use in the movie

  • Magical Mystery Tour
  • The Fool on the Hill
  • She Loves You (played during the marathon with a carnival-style organ)
  • Flying
  • All My Loving (orchestrated, as background music)
  • I Am the Walrus
  • Jessie’s Dream (instrumental piece, not released on any audio recording)
  • Blue Jay Way
  • Death Cab for Cutie (performed by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band)
  • Your Mother Should Know
  • Magical Mystery Tour (part)
  • Hello, Goodbye (part, finale played over end credits)

I am the Walrus…

Les paroles de la chanson, écrite par John Lennon, sont une forme de réponse face à tous ceux qui cherch(ai)ent à trouver des sens profonds dans les textes des Beatles. Le titre fait référence à un poème de Lewis Carroll, « The Walrus and the Carpenter ».

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Genesis – Land of Confusion

In 2011, Philippe Starck published a post in Wired about Evolution and Intelligent Design. Take a look at where we are now in 2021! It’s the land of confusion in full expression.

Somebody who is so lazy and selfish that he does not do anything worthy or good doesn’t deserve to exist. He is not part of the beauty of humanity, the poetry of mutation. He holds us back.

Love or hate what Starck says, mainly his conclusion of a « great & bright future », but one word that we should keep in mind at all cost (and I know it’s quite difficult nowadays) is: Ethics! It may save us, if there’s still time…


The Genesis’ song below is from their 1986 album Invisible Touch. The song’s video featured puppets from the 1980s UK sketch show Spitting Image.

Lyrics – Land of confusion

I must've dreamed a thousand dreams
Been haunted by a million screams
But I can hear the marching feet
They're moving into the street.

Now did you read the news today
They say the danger's gone away
But I can see the fire's still alight
There burning into the night.

There's too many men
Too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Can't you see
This is a land of confusion.

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in.

Ooh Superman where are you now
When everything's gone wrong somehow
The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour.

This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future
But there's not much love to go round
Tell me why, this is a land of confusion.

This is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth living in.

I remember long ago -
Ooh when the sun was shining
Yes and the stars were bright
All through the night
And the sound of your laughter
As I held you tight
So long ago -

I won't be coming home tonight
My generation will put it right
We're not just making promises
That we know, we'll never keep.

Too many men
There's too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go round
Can't you see
This is a land of confusion.

Now this is the world we live in
And these are the hands we're given
Use them and let's start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for.

This is the world we live in
And these are the names we're given
Stand up and let's start showing
Just where our lives are going to.

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