Soul and Inspiration: The Surprising Stories Behind 15 Classic Songs

(via purple clover)

by John Birmingham

“Mother and Child Reunion,” Paul Simon

simonThe song came to him in the early ’70s. Paul Simon explains: “I was eating in a Chinese restaurant downtown. There was a dish called Mother and Child Reunion. It’s chicken and eggs. And I said, I gotta use that one.”

“I Am the Walrus,” the Beatles


In 1967, John Lennon received a letter from a student at a high school near Liverpool whose professor had assigned his class to analyze Beatles lyrics. That prompted Lennon to write a song that defied analysis—filling it with lines like “crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess” and “elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna,” all summed up by the famous refrain: “goo goo goo joob.”

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