'Watchmen' End Credits Song: Who Sings 'I Am the Walrus' And What It Means for the Finale

No sooner had Angela Abar (played by Regina King) eaten the egg that may hold all the powers of Doctor Manhattan (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) in the Watchmen finale than the end credits song, a cover of The Beatles' "I Am the Walrus," kicked in. Just in case you have missed the repeated references to eggs in the HBO series, this song gets one last ovular reference in with the lyric "I am the eggman."

The version used in the end credits of Watchmen was of course not the original track, written by Lennon and McCartney for The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album and film, but a cover by British rock band Spooky Tooth, released three years after the original in 1970 on their album The Last Puff. This is a fairly obscure cover of the song, which even the biggest Fab Four-ophiles may have missed unless they live in The Netherlands, where the song reached the lofty heights of number 38 in the charts.

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Though the lyrics of the song, are seen by all but the biggest Beatles conspiracy theorists as psychedelic nonsense, Watchmen creator Damon Lindelof has revealed there are some parallels between the lyrics and the plot of his HBO series. The title of the episode, "See How They Fly," for example, a possible reference to the frozen baby squids that lead to the death of Lady Trieu (Hong Chau) is straight out of "I Am the Walrus."

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The finale of "Watchmen" starring Regina King (left) featured a cover of The Beatles' "I Am the Walrus" HBO/Keystone

Lindelof also pointed out a number of lines from the song that were reflected in the episode. For example, he pointed out the line "pretty little policemen in a row" from the song, saying, "Particularly in the 'pretty little policemen all in a row,' you know, you start to go like, 'Okay, this is what we're using.'"

Other lines pointed out in the article include "man you've been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long," (seen as a reference to Jeremy Irons' Adrian Veidt), "I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together," (referencing Angela's transformation) and even the nonsense "goo goo g'joob," referencing the sad fate of Joe Keene (James Wolk) after he tried to absorb the powers of Doctor Manhattan.

A John Lennon quote about the song also gives a huge insight about the relationship between the song and the series. In a 1980 Playboy interview, he said of the song: "All these people were going on about Hare Krishna, Allen Ginsberg in particular. The reference to "Element'ry penguin" is the elementary, naive attitude of going around chanting, 'Hare Krishna,' or putting all your faith in any one idol." "See How They Fly" and Watchmen in general is about exactly this, whether it is the people who end up dead in their mission to become Doctor Manhattan or the 7th Kavalry's fetishization of Rorschach.

However, the use of the song could also be a dig at those who read too much into the series' various Easter eggs—something Lindelof has previous experience of after all the fan theories and conspiracies about his show Lost meant the series was nearly sunk under the weight of fans' expectations. George Harrison's 1967 quote about "I Am the Walrus," for example, could equally apply to Watchmen: "People look for all sorts of hidden meanings. It's serious, but it's also not serious. It's true, but it's also a joke."

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