Soul and Inspiration: The Surprising Stories Behind 15 Classic Songs

(via msn)

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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