This is a song that I have heard many times before and I have always enjoyed the tune of it and the way it changes in between the verses. I like that there’s no chorus, only occasionally the lyrics “Come together right now, over me.” I didn’t know what the song meant even after listening to it a few times, and after looking it up I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it’s about the Beatles themselves. According to the source the first line of each verse is about Paul, the second about George, the third about Ringo, and the fourth about John. The song is about all of them coming together and getting over their problems and hostility – “over me.” Someone also stated the following which I found really creepy, but doubt it’s true at all: “The lyric “come together right now over me” refers to “coming together” over Paul’s grave. Also, the lyric “one and one and one is three” refers to there being only three Beatles after Paul’s death.” Apparently it was also meant to be a song for a political campaign, but the politician ended up incarcerated and they just used the song for themselves instead. I also listened to a slightly different version of the song, “The not-often-heard #17 outtake of John’s “Come Together” from the 1969 Abbey Road sessions”, which you can listen to here. Although the beat was the same, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the final version that was put on the album. Overall, I found every aspect of the song to be appealing. The tone of voice, the tune of the song, the bass was great, and it also had a great message (as long as it has nothing to do with the previous mention of death at least). I don’t think that songs by the Beatles get air play today, but if they did it would probably be on a station you don’t hear much about. The airplay information is the following according to a Beatles database website: “Come Together (1969) #1 US, sales: 2 million, airplay: 2 million.” But apparently the cover of the song by Aerosmith does get radio play today.
Here is Lennon singing the song. 🙂
Rate – 4