Come Together

The UnXpected played this song yesterday evening in Wala. This is another amazing song from the album “Abbey Road” – My favourite Beatles album.

Little bit about this song from Wikipedia:

Origin

The song’s history began with Lennon writing a song for Timothy Leary‘s failed gubernatorial campaign in California against Ronald Reagan, one which promptly ended when Leary was arrested for possession of marijuana. It was transformed by Lennon into a track with digs at McCartney and Harrison interspersed alongside tales of his Bagism movement with wife Yoko Ono. It was the subject of a lawsuit brought against Lennon by Chuck Berry‘s music publisher, Morris Levy, due to the fact that one line in “Come Together” closely resembled a line of Berry’s You Can’t Catch Me: (i.e. The Beatles‘ “Here come ol’ flattop, he come groovin’ up slowly” vs. Berry‘s “Here come up flattop, he was groovin’ up with me”). After settling out of court, Lennon promised to record other songs owned by Levy, all of which were released on Lennon’s 1975 album Rock ‘n’ Roll. Perhaps the song refers to the late eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Lines such as “hair down to his knees” and “shoot coca-cola” parallel the billionaire’s behavior at the time this song was written. The line “Got to be good lookin cause he’s so hard to see” could refer to the billionaire’s reclusivity. Another, possibly apocryphal story is that John Lennon grew frustrated at the tendency of music critics to read heavily into and interpret his lyrics, and wrote nonsensical lyrics simply to spite them.

Lennon played rhythm guitar in addition to singing the vocal. Each exclamation of ‘shoot’ one hears during the opening bass line is actually ‘shoot me’, although ‘shoot’ is immediately followed by a handclap which drowns out the word ‘me’. McCartney played bass and the electric piano (estimated as “southern” by John), Harrison lead guitar, and Ringo Starr drums and maracas. It was produced by George Martin and recorded at the end of July 1969 at Abbey Road Studios.

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~ by Rajeev on September 30, 2006.

One Response to “Come Together”

  1. Great site and interesting reading

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