Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 305. Wednesday, 19 May 1993.
Date: Sunday, 16 May 93 22:49:57 EDT
Subject: Another Spinoff
While stuck in five separate traffic jams on I-95 this afternoon, I was
listening to a favorite tape, and I remembered an unexpected "spinoff" I
forgot to mention when the topic was hot. I haven't heard this mentioned
elsewhere. My apologies if it's old news.
In any case.... the spinoff is the Beatles' song "I Am the Walrus." If you
listen closely, at two points in the song you can hear snatches of
dialogue from "King Lear." The clearest is at the very end, as the
"jubba-jubba's" are fading away: someone launches into Oswald's death
speech: "Slave! Thou hast slain me. Villain, take my purse..." and
continues through until the line: "O, untimely death!" You can also hear
Edgar denouncing him as "a serviceable villain, as duteous to the vices of
thy mistress as badness would desire."
Somewhat earlier in the song, in one of the instrumental bridges between
verses, you can hear Edgar describing himself as "a most poor man, made
tame to fortune's blows."
The voices don't sound to me like the Beatles themselves: I believe it's a
recording of an actual performance. I'd be REALLY curious to know if
anyone has ever seen mention of this (to me) utterly fascinating bit of