Come Together: a groove that will move you!

Come Together: a groove that will move you!

Arguably the most popular song of all time, up there with Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, Come Together is a slow placed groove that will move you. I can’t recall how many bands I have seen live, and every time I hear an artist/artists pull Come Together out of their repertoire, the audience responds with deafening roar, lighters, and a swaying that doesn’t cease until after the finishing note. Come Together was written by John Lennon, but was credited to both John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The song was originally written as a faster paced song for Timothy Leary, a Harvard psychologist who investigated the hallucinogenic properties in drugs such as LSD. John Lennon was an admirer of Leary and agreed to write Come Together as a campaign song based off of Leary’s slogan “come together, join the party.” Paul McCartney recommended slowing the song down, he thought that by doing this it would make the song “swampier.” Paul was correct; the song was a hit everywhere. We will never know if Lennon’s original version would be better, but we all know and love the Come Together we have today. The first track was recorded July 21st, 1969. Over the next few days, the band overdubbed the lead vocals, maracas, and piano. Come Together reached the top of the U.S charts on October 18th of 1969. Lennon Ran into conflict when a publisher named Morris Levy, co-owner of Chuck Berry’s 1958 hit “You Can’t Catch Me,” heard the song. The song is obviously based around the blues riff heard in Chuck Berry’s tune, but much more chastising derived from the lyrics. The first lyrical line in Come Together goes “here come old flat top, he come groovinup slowly,” which strongly resembles Chuck Berry’s song about a car chase withthe lines “here come a flat-top, he was moving up with me.” Lennon was sued by Levy. The suit was settled once Lennon agreed to record an album in 1975 called Rock and Roll album, which is an assortment of covers that Levy owns, recorded by John Lennon. There is some speculation of what John says while the predominate bass line is rolling. Many people thinks he is saying “shoot,” this is not entirely true. After viewing several television performances of Come Together, and lip reading, it seems Lennon is saying “shoot me.” The bass line swallows his words though, causing the listener to only hear “shoot.”                                                                               Like I said before, Come together is arguably the best tune in the world. You may not accept my opinion, but everyone has to recognize that it is an ingenuous groove.