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Re: Large Marine Mammals and the Beatles
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0876.  Monday, 25, November 1996.

(1)     From:   Stephen Buhler <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 Nov 1996 14:54:46 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0870  Re: Masters of Allusion?

(2)     From:   Eric Weil <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 Nov 1996 19:18:41 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0870 Re: Large Marine Mammals and the Beatles


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From:           Stephen Buhler <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Nov 1996 14:54:46 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 7.0870  Re: Masters of Allusion?
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0870  Re: Masters of Allusion?

Given how often we misremember texts, it strikes me as perilous to join the
discussion about "I Am the Walrus" and its incorporation of a BBC Radio
broadcast of *King Lear*.  But, to be bloody, bold, and dissolute: I think the
refrain goes (and is published as) "Goo goo g'joob"--an unmistakably 1960s
equivalent of "Hey, Nonny, Nonny."

During the song's extended fade-out, the broadcast of the play grows
increasingly audible at Oswald's last lines:

   And give the letters which thou find'st about me
   To Edmund, Earl of Gloucester.  See him out
   Upon the English party.  O, untimely
   Death! --Death--

The passage certainly fed the "Paul is dead/I buried Paul" frenzy that
culminated in neoBaconian readings of the *Abbey Road* album cover. I also
recall, though, how a literary allusion in the song interfered with my ability
to discern these lines.  Thanks to "Man, you should've seen them kicking Edgar
Allan Poe" (and to the glottal delivery of the actor portraying the fatally
wounded courtier), I heard "Edmund, Earl of Gloucester" as "Edgar Allan
Duck"--and still can.

Got one, got one, everybody's got one.

Trivially,
Stephen Buhler

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From:           Eric Weil <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Nov 1996 19:18:41 -0500
Subject: 7.0870 Re: Large Marine Mammals and the Beatles
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0870 Re: Large Marine Mammals and the Beatles

Dang!

Sorry, everyone.  Of course, I meant "I am the Walrus."

Apologies all 'round.

Eric Weil
Shaw U.
 

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