The Beatles break up on April 10th, just before the Apollo 13 crisis. Let it Be is released as the final Beatles LP and each member goes off into their solo careers.
John Lennon writes “God” and denounces all of the “idols” we’re discussing and Jesus also, choosing to believe solely in himself. Of course he can’t save himself so he’ll have a bit of a problem after his life is over but it’s his prerogative.
Interesting in this song though is his mention of “The Walrus”. He actually gets the premise of what is being discussed here quite well, going all the way back to 1970.
God is sort of John Lennon’s Pontius Pilate song, denouncing idols in general, and washing his hands of his role in leading the young astray.
What’s interesting about the Walrus mention is that John wrote The Walrus for Magical Mystery Tour and set off an explosion of research and questions as to who the Walrus was. During the song it’s assumed to be John, in Glass Onion he changes it deliberately to Paul being the Walrus to mess with everyone asking about it.
He later discovered that the Walrus in Lewis Carroll’s “The Walrus and the Carpenter” was actually the bad guy. And in God, he says that he was indeed the Walrus but now he is just John.
The Walrus of course in the poem lures the oysters out of the ocean and then eats them.
John Lennon actually tried to turn off what he had helped turned on, but he couldn’t bring himself to go all the way so he just denounced everything other than self, including Jesus.
If he’d have only realized that self over Jesus was the whole point, he’d have gotten it right.
Also George Harrison releases Beware of Darkness, a line of which originally read Beware of ABKCO, which is Allan Klein’s management company.
On May 8th 1969, 3 Beatles signed a management contract with Allan Klein. Paul McCartney chose not to…