The True Stories Behind 20 Of The Greatest Songs Ever Recorded

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19. “I Am The Walrus” – The Beatles

The 1967 Beatles song “I Am The Walrus” featured in Magical Mystery Tour, the band’s TV movie. And while it may not be one of their biggest hits of all-time, it is certainly a memorable one – particularly because of its puzzling nature. So why does it contain such strange words?

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Well, it turns out that it’s because of a letter that Lennon had been sent at the time. The singer got a note from a student telling him that their class was being made to study Beatles’ lyrics. So, in order to perplex the people trying to get to the bottom of the meaning behind his words, he wrote nonsense into this song.

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18. “Smoke on the Water” – Deep Purple

Deep Purple ended up writing this song after disaster struck at a Frank Zappa gig in Montreux, Switzerland. Suddenly, somebody in the audience set off a Roman candle at the show and caused a huge blaze in the process. And while everyone made it out unscathed, the building was entirely destroyed.

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