Come Together Lyrics - The Beatles

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Shoot me
Shoot me
Shoot me
Shoot me

Here come old flat top
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

Shoot me
Shoot me
Shoot me
Shoot me

He wear no shoe shine
He got toe jam football
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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

Shoot me
Shoot me
Shoot 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

Shoot 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 so hard to see

Come together right now over me

Shoot me
Shoot me
Shoot me

Come together, yeah
Come together, yeah
Come together, yeah
Come together, yeah
Come together, yeah
Come together, yeah
Come together, yeah

Come together, yeah
Come together, yeah






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Wha? | Reviewer: Warren Pease | 2/11/13

No, Vjay, I cannot concur with your warlike reading of this song. It just doesn't have that Lennon/McCartney feel to it. You know, Beatles fans have been making this argument since the 60s: some of their lyrics are nonsense rhymes. English Lit. has some other fine examples of nonsense: Edward Lear and Lewis Carrol trod this path decades before the Lads from Liverpool. It's a long and honorable tradition; you'll enjoy it more if you don't overthink every line. "Turn off your mind, relax....." And OF COURSE you will detect sense mixed in with the nonsense! That's part of the tradition, too!

TMI | Reviewer: #9dream | 2/5/13

There is an old saying comparing legislation with sausage: the less you know about how it's made, the happier you are. "Come Together" has been one of my favorite songs for decades; could it be that I will enjoy it LESS now that it has been over-explained to me? This sort of "factual" approach to music, or any art, seems beside the point. How does it FEEL? Or is all this debate about Beatles' history just a new version of the kind of fandom you'd see in teen magazines in the 60's: "George likes his toast dark," or "John smokes Players Navy Cut," that kind of drivel--? (I made up those "facts") After all, once you've listened to all their songs a few thousand times, there isn't all that much left to say about those Lovable Lads from Liverpool. What does interest me is the impact they had, and amazingly, still have on our culture. I witnessed the first wave of Beatlemania; I don't recall my peers in '64 debating the bio's of the musicians who recorded in 1915. The Beatles broke up over 40 years ago--that kind of staying power must mean something. Another thing worth remembering: they posed a terrifying threat to authority figures of our day, don't ask me why. Men with long hair were not a common sight back then, for starters. Adults could appear adventurous and mildly disreputable by saying, "Well their hair is ridiculous, but their music is catchy." Later, of course, there was their pot and LSD use, and John and Yoko's anti-war protests, more fuel for the fire. Could even the biggest celebrities today get that much media attention? And will people still be talking about them 50 years from now?

Lyrics | Reviewer: Shoot me | 11/25/12

John indeed sang "Shoot me" which sounds "shhoooo" on the mixed down version. You can't hear it in the mastered version (the one on the record/cd that everybody knows)becuase it is burried under the mix. However, get your hands on the multitracks of the song and and solo John's vocals and you will definitly hear him sings "Shoot me"/
Creeped the hell out of me when I heard it for the first time.

hilarious interpretations | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/29/12

these "interpretations" of what beatles songs "mean" are downright hilarious... just plain dumb... sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.. you folks must have allot of time on your hands...


interesting lyrics | Reviewer: Bellevue | 2/7/12

Great job, WhoooBeatles. I did not know that. In this listing, there are many lyrics which are not correct. I mean, they did not say 'shoot me', and it is armchair, later on, and much more. I would submit the correct lyrics, but I have done so before, and they never are posted. And Lucy, bail, because you are not correct.

This song more than any, and Let it Be, was drilled into me that the Beatles were "commie", yet that person bought the White Album for me about 8 years later.

reviewer | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/23/11

sorry about this... when you are reading this dont stop or something bad will happen! My name is summer i am 15 years old i have blonde hair,many scars no nose or ears..i am dead. if you dont copy this just like from the ring, on 5 more sites.. or..i will appear one dark quiet night when your not expecting it by your bed with a knife and kill you. this is no joke something good will happen to you if uoi post this on 5 more pages

Timothy Leary & John Lennon | Reviewer: Harley Calvert | 10/10/11

From Timothy Learys "Flashbacks, An Autobiography (1983)" - John asked what he could do to help my campaign for governor.
"Write a campaign song," I replied.
"Okay," said John, "what's the theme?"
"Our campaign slogan is 'Come together, join the party.'"
"Great title," said John. He grabbed his guitar and started improvising.
Come together right now.
Don't come tomorrow, don't come alone,
Come together right now,
Over me.

LOVE THIS SONG | Reviewer: Anynomous | 7/7/11

I honestky think its about Ringo joining the band and thr band harsh feeling about it....or what someone b4 said its about war and them saying for us all to come together eitger way amazing song and we really will never know tge true meaning ...unless we are john lennon himself...long live the beatles

sorry | Reviewer: sorry | 6/26/11

sorry about this... when you are reading this dont stop or something bad will happen! My name is summer i am 15 years old i have blonde hair,many scars no nose or ears..i am dead. if you dont copy this just like from the ring, on 5 more sites.. or..i will appear one dark quiet night when your not expecting it by your bed with a knife and kill you. this is no joke something good will happen to you if uoi post this on 5 more pages

mistake by me | Reviewer: mem | 6/25/11

Huge mistake by me on my last post. Wiki was still wrong & You Really Got....was correct but Come Together/Something was the only no.1 single where Paul didn't have a song was what i was thinking. Why i wrote that i have no idea, maybe to much smoke! lol sorry. That was John double tracked on Come Together as the sound engineer Geoff Emerick was with him when he did it and has stated it. Once again apologies by me.

PAUL IS DEAD | Reviewer: Shadow | 6/25/11

He is! This whole song describes the process that a corpse goes through. Don't you guys get it?! This song is about how Paul died, and how his body is rotting away even as i type this. The evidence is very clear. Also, some other guy posted this "Wow, you guys are something else" comment, trying to be smart. But he doesn't know what this song is about! He's very clueless! Everybody is clueless! I'm not crazy! I heard George Harrison himself say that Paul died!

Wikipedia WRONG again! | Reviewer: mem | 6/20/11

Just to give you an idea of how wrong wikipedia can be, it states that John was main vocal with harmony provided by Paul, WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!! Only 2 songs ever recorded by The Beatles sung by John with George on harmony is Come Together & You Really Got A Hold On Me.

Shoot Me? Come together-Abby Road | Reviewer: Chris Ritter | 12/14/10

I watched and listened to my little neices singing "come together" on Beatles Guitar Hero/wii, I noticed the Captioning for 'Come Together' included, "Shoot me" 9 times through the song, though everybody knows the Shhhhhhht! part I dont recall it being "shoot Me" when I searched for Come together lyrics, "shoot Me" is NOT included in most sites, nor is the word "Me" audible on Abby Road. I found this strange consider what happened to J Lennon years later. Ill have to look at a vinyl copie of Abby Road to verify.

Come Together and know what the song really means | Reviewer: WHOOBEATLES! | 10/9/10

This is what the song really is about:

OK, the meaning of the lyrics are actually quite clear and relevant if you know some history about the Beatles and are somewhat familiar with the idioms and slang of the era:

1st verse:
"HERE COME OL' FLAT-TOP,
HE COME GROOVIN' UP SLOWLY.
HE GOT HAIR DOWN TO HIS KNEE,
GOT TO BE A JOKER HE JUST DO WHAT HE PLEASE."

This verse references Ringo. "Flat-Top" makes reference to Ringo's bluesy musical roots and the disparaging stereotype that was often applied to those that played that style of music.
"Groovin' up slowly" refers to the fact that Ringo was the last to join the final and 'official' line-up of the band, yet his drumming ability was very limited and borderline acceptable at the beginning, especially compared to the abilities of the rest of the band. As he honed his skill, he slowly became better and better at holding down the beat of the music, or 'groove' as it was also loosely referred to. As the group continued to record and release music, his talent slowly came up to the standards of the other three.
"He got hair down to his knee" simply refers to the fact that Ringo had a longer, shaggy hairstyle when he joined the band, while the other three had the short, close-cropped style favored by the 'mods' of the day.
"Got to be a joker he just do what he please" is obvious: Ringo was the funny one, the 'cut-up' of the group and he often said and did bizzarre and unexpected things in formal situations the group found themselves in during the early years. His enthusiastic, upbeat attitude was a major influence of the early writings of John and Paul.

Verse #2:
"HE WEAR NO SHOE-SHINE,
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.

The subject of this verse is George. "He wear no shoe-shine" is a reference to going to bare-foot, a quite-common state of dress that George adopted once he became so enamored of the Indian Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Bare feet and simple robes were the accepted dress of the followers of the Yogi, and George's influence quickly spread to the other three Beatles.
Toe-Jam football is just a reference to bare-foot 'soccer' style football playing, the common social outdoor activity practiced by many while worshipping at the yogi's temple.
"Monkey-Finger" refers to George's manual dexterity and amazing abilty to master many, many different styles of stringed intruments, notably the 'sitar', an almost unknown instrument at the time that he was introduced to and quickly learned how to play while worshipping at the yogi's temple.
"He shoot coca-cola" is obvious: 'coca-cola' is street-slang for cocaine, a drug that George, as well as the others, would often 'shoot up' directly into thier veins.
"I know you, you know me...we got to be free" is simply the basic premise of the entire teachings of the Yogi, that George was so whole-heartadly promoting to his fellow bandmates.

"COME TOGETHER RIGHT NOW...OVER ME" refers to the message the Yogi deleivered to the band asa group that would supposedly heal the growing rift and dissention between the four members of the band and unite them as a single cohesive unit once again.

Verse #3:
"HE BAD (NOT 'BAG') PRODUCTION,
HE GOT WALRUS GUM-BOOT.
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.

No questions about this one, it's about John all the way:
"Bad production" refers to John's increasing level of drug use and the negative effect it had on his abilty to effectivly create acceptable music with the rest of the band, and to function with the rest of the band.
John was the 'Walrus' referred to in the 'I am the Walrus; lyrics', clearly this refers to him.(notwithstanding the later lyric 'the walrus was Paul' from "Glass onion")
A 'sideboard' is the term used when attorneys would be called away from a trial during court for private discussion. "Ono sideboard" makes refernce to the growing distraction that the rest of the band felt Yoko Ono was having on John.
John's increasing uncooperative attitude towards the professional and musical direction the rest of the band wanted to follow manifested itself in John constantly griping and complaining to the others, or in slang terms "breaking thier backs", a term referenced with 'spinal cracker'.

"Feet down below his knee" also makes refernce to his stubborn, uncompromising desire to do things his way only with little or no regard for the rest of the band's wishes. To give in was to be seen as being on 'your knees', but John had 'feet below his knees', so there was no way he was going to kneel(stand on his knees) and be subserviant when he could 'stand on his feet' and be the decison-maker.
"Hold you in his armchair (possibly..."arms, yeah...) you can feel his disease" refers to the fact that John's tough exterior persona barely fooled anyone, as his self-loathing and self-doubt, fueled and magnified by increasingly excessive drug use began to consume him. To be close to , or to 'hold him in your arm...' was to know the real John, where one could 'feel his disease'.

Verse #4:
"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"

Well, last of the four is Paul, and this is clearly all about Paul.
'Roller coaster' refers to Paul's aggravating habit to the rest of the band by constantly changing his stated desire to either break up and move on to a solo career or to remain as a band and contue on as the 'Beatles'.
'Early warning' makes reference to the fact that they all made it clear to Paul long before that his selfish, superior attitide was going to create a rift between them and in fact it finally did.
'Muddy water' describes the bad feelings and growing poor relationship between Paul and the rest of the band due to his constant lying and manipulation of them, and particularly about his attempts to convince the others to let his father-in-law manage the band as opposed to the choice the others made.
'Mojo filter' refers to Paul's habit of 'spin doctoring' information to the others and manipulating thier perceptions so as to ultimately get his way.
'One and one and one is three' refers to Paul's attempts to try and convince the others that if he did indeed leave the band and start a solo career, they remaining three could carry on and continue to be 'the Beatles' without him, contray to everyone else's opinion.
'Got to be good looking...': a straightforward reference to the fact that he was typically considered the 'cute, good looking one' of the group.
'...so hard to see' desribes the increasing time away from the rest of the band that Paul was spending on persoanl projects, to the detriment of any possible group projects.

So, there you have it!

The Beatles- Coming Together or Growing Apart? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/09

It is true that the song was originally inspired for Timothy Leary Gubernatorial campaign against Ronald Reagan. Leary was arrested for marijuana possession and the project was shelved by Lennon.

In my opinion, Come Together became an insight to the rise and fall of the Fab Four from John's perspective. Listen to the song's four verses and think of caracteristics from each member in this order...George, Ringo, John and Paul respectively.

George was 15 years old when he first met John. A tall, thin and lanky youth with a flat-top hair style. Ju-Ju eyeball refers to George's lazy eye. Holy Roller refers to him as the "spiritual" Beatle. Towards the end, George had the longest hair of the group. He was regarded as a jokester during early press conferences as he easily drew laughs. George was also known as the quiet/loner Beatle who just did as he pleased.

During Beatlemania, Ringo was known to not shine his boots as the others did since they would be scuffed while drumming. He was reportedly an excellent soccer player (English football) until he injured his foot (toe-jam football). Monkey finger refers to the movie Help! in which he wore the ring of the monkey god. Shooting Coca-Cola is either a reference to later drug use or abstaining from alcohol during the early Hamberg days. At the time of the White Album recordings, Ringo contemplated leaving the group and communicated to Paul that each "had to be free".

John refers to himself as the founder of the production. Walrus gumboot points to the Magical Mystery Tour period when each member started to become disgruntled. Ono sideboard speaks of Yoko as his new love. He then refers to this relationship as the spinal cracker (the straw that broke the camel's back). Feet down below his knee could refer to the Amsterdam bed in that was happening during this period. Also, John was in his "white period" at the time of Abbey Road. Is it possible that he felt diseased due to all the pressures of the preceeding years (divorce from Cynthia, Beatles are bigger than Jesus quote backlash, prevelant drug usage, etc.)

Finally, he regarded Paul as the roller-coaster (up and down) who gave early warning of the break up. Paul was known to be influenced by Muddy Waters early in his career. Mojo Filter refers to Paul as the center of the bands sex appeal. John then states that Paul said, "One & one & one is three" refering to only three Beatles remaining after Paul's departure. Paul was always regarded as the good looking Beatle but now he was nowhere to be found (so hard to see).



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