John Lennon would often string words together to create nonsensical phrases for his lyrics - the best example is "I Am The Walrus
." Listeners could often discern hidden meaning in his words, even when there was none, which rather amused him.
"Dig A Pony" is in this tradition, with lines line "I do a road hog" and "you can syndicate any boat you row." Of course, fans formed their own interpretations, including one young man who was found hiding on the property surrounding Tittenhurst, Lennon's home in Ascot, England. In the 1988 film Imagine: John Lennon
, we see this fellow asking what's really behind "Dig A Pony"; Lennon assures him that the song refers to no specific person and that the lyrics are "nonsense," a lyrical technique he also attributes to unspecified Bob Dylan songs. John stated in 1969 about this song, "I just make it up as I go along."
Nick - La Crosse, WI