Sunday, December 7, 2008

Come Together

Here come old flattop, he come grooving up slowly
He got joo-joo eyeball, he one holy roller
He got hair down to his knee
Got to be a joker he just do what he please

He wear no shoeshine, he got toe-jam football
He got monkey finger, he shoot coca-cola
He say "I know you, you know me"
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
Come together right now over me

He bag production, he got walrus gumboot
He got Ono sideboard, he one spinal cracker
He got feet down below his knee
Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease
Come together right now over me

He roller-coaster, he got early warning
He got muddy water, he one mojo filter

He say "One and one and one is three"
Got to be good-looking 'cause he's so hard to see
Come together right now over me

- Released October 31, 1969

- Mojo filter: In several songs -- notably "Scarey Day Blues," "Talkin' to Myself," and "Ticket Agent Blues" all by Blind Willie McTell -- a woman has "got a mojo and she's tryin' to keep it hid." The hidden mojo is a metaphor for her hidden genitals and the male singer says that he's "got something to find that mojo with." The bag or purse-like mojo symbolizes female genitalia, and in this very sexualized sense, mojos are more often associated with women than with men. Preston Foster's "I've got my mojo working but it just don't work on you" was not intended as a song for Muddy Waters, and the first recording of that song was by a woman, Ann Cole.

- Spinal Cracker:
GEORGE (Harrison) in 1969 was quoted as saying: "Come Together" was one of the last ones to be recorded. John was in an (automobile) accident, so he was off for a period of time. Then when we got back, which was only a week or so before we finished the album, we did this one. I think he wrote it only a month or so ago, so it's very new. It's sort of twelve-bar type of tune, and it's one of the nicest sounds we've got, actually.

- JOHN (Lennon) in an interview in 1969: "'Come Together' changed at the session. We said, 'Let's slow it down. Let's do this to it, let's do that to it,' and it ends up however it comes out. I just said, 'Look, I've got no arrangement for you, but you know how I want it.' I think that's partly because we've played together a long time. So I said, 'Give me something funky and set up a beat, maybe.' And they all just joined in."

- "'Come Together' is me-- writing obscurely around an old Chuck Berry thing. I left the line 'Here comes old flat-top.' It is nothing like the Chuck Berry song, but they took me to court because I admitted the influence once years ago. I could have changed it to 'Here comes old iron face,' but the song remains independent of Chuck Berry or anybody else on earth. The thing was created in the studio. It's gobbledygo
ok-- 'Come Together' was an expression that Tim Leary had come up with for his attempt at being president or whatever he wanted to be, and he asked me to write a campaign song. I tried and I tried, but I couldn't come up with one. But I came up with this, 'Come Together,' which would've been no good to him-- you couldn't have a campaign song like that, right? Leary attacked me years later, saying I ripped him off. I didn't rip him off. It's just that it turned into 'Come Together.' What am I going to do, give it to him? It was a funky record-- it's one of my favorite Beatle tracks, or, one of my favorite Lennon tracks, let's say that. It's funky, it's bluesy, and I'm singing it pretty well. I like the sound of the record. You can dance to it. I'll buy it!" (laughs)

- Bag Production: Was a company formed in 1969 by John and Yoko to deal with public relations and fiance. The following notes says: When people want John and/or Yoko and they ask you - please refer them to our office - Diane (a) - Sally - eg. John Peel - Terry Bramwell
C.B.S. - Jack Oliver - etc. otherwise there is no fucking point in Bag Prod. - o.k.
John & Yoko

Author notes: "Come together, right now, over me." This line is most likely the original lyric for when Lennon first penned this song for Timothy Leary's campaign. It's a simple, yet profound message telling potential voters in the late 60's to "come together" and "over me" meaning for all those wanting a new, unorthodox government to bound together and come over to "our" side of the fence. When Leary was arrested and jailed, Lennon decided to take this speech he had written for Leary and incorporate it into a Beatles song.

Interestingly enough, the band at the time, was moving in different directions, particularly as egos began to develop and form. Therefore, Lennon kept "Come together, right now, over me" as a message to the band to "stay together under my direction." This song was, after all, a song about himself- John Lennon.

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