Lennon explained to Rolling Stone
in a 1971 interview why he said "The Walrus is Paul." Said Lennon: "'I Am The Walrus
' was originally the B side of 'Hello Goodbye
.' I was still in my love cloud with Yoko and I thought, well, I'll just say something nice to Paul: 'It's all right, you did a good job over these few years, holding us together.' He was trying to organize the group, and organize the music, and be an individual and all that, so I wanted to thank him. I said 'the Walrus is Paul' for that reason. I felt, 'Well, he can have it. I've got Yoko, and thank you, you can have the credit.'"