The Beatles’ song “Come Together” was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. Originally released on their 1969 album Abbey Road, the song was also released as a single in conjunction with the song “Something”. In the United States, the song reached the top of the charts, while in the United Kingdom, it peaked at No. 4. Several other artists have covered the song, including Ike & Tina Turner, Aerosmith and Michael Jackson.
Background and inspiration
John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, participated in nonviolent protests against the Vietnam War in early 1969, called the Bed-ins for Peace. As part of the bed-in in Montreal in May, counterculture figures from across North America visited Lennon, including American psychologist Timothy Leary, an early advocate of LSD who Lennon admired.
As Leary planned to run for Governor of California in the following year’s election, he asked Lennon to write him a campaign song based on the slogan, “Come Together – Join the Party!” Leary recalled Lennon giving him a tape of the song, but the two did not interact again after that.
New Idea for “Come together”
During the recording of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road, Lennon borrowed the phrase “come together” from the Leary campaign song to create a new song. Originally inspired by Chuck Berry’s 1956 single “You Can’t Catch Me,” the composition began as an up-tempo blues tune, only slightly altering Berry’s original lyrics “Here come a flattop / He was movin’ up with me” to “Here come ol’ flattop / He come groovin’ up slowly”.
In addition, he incorporated the phrase “shoot me” from his unfinished and unreleased song, “Watching Rainbows”, from January 1969. The lyrics were inspired by Ono’s relationship, and were delivered quickly like the Berry song, with author Peter Doggett writing that “each phrase too quickly to be understood at first hearing, the sound as important as the meaning”.
You Can’t Catch Me
Paul McCartney, Lennon’s songwriting partner, noted the song’s similarity to “You Can’t Catch Me” and recommended a slowing down of the tempo to reduce the resemblance. In this song, Lennon presents a single “pariah-like protagonist” and paints another sardonic self-portrait, according to Beatles historian Jonathan Gould.
In studio three of EMI Studios (now Abbey Road Studios), the Beatles taped the basic track for “Come Together” on 21 July 1969, during the recording sessions for Abbey Road. The session was produced by George Martin and balanced by Geoff Emerick and Phil McDonald.
Emerick’s first session with the group since July 1968, when he quit during sessions for their 1968 album, The Beatles (also known as “the White Album”), due to what he considered a tense and negative environment. In addition to recording “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” Lennon recorded his first composition for the band in three months.
“Come Together” was taped eight times, with take six marked “best”. Lennon sang lead vocals, McCartney played bass, Harrison played rhythm guitar, and Starr played drums. To further dampen the sound of his tom drums, Starr placed tea towels over them. As he sang “Shoot me! “, Lennon added handclaps each time he sang it, as well as tambourine over both the solo and the coda.
With this cover, too, Daria and Sergey remain true to their line of only covering world hits in order to appeal to a large audience. But in this way it also shows a neutral observer that the band can’t measure up to the Beatles. It features an amazing singer surrounded by local bandmates who must save the cover on her own. We better not see a live performance of this group.
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