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Come Together - Who's it About?
29 January 2013
4.13pm
vonbontee
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I've never bought that one-verse-per-Beatle explanation either, it doesn't add up. The fact that the very first line begins "Here come…", and every succeeding line begins with "He…", should clearly establish that the song is about ONE person. In other words, John introduces "Old flat top" immediately, and spends the rest of the song telling us about him. I think if John were going with such a formal structure, he would've been consistent and put a line of introduction into every verse. But people will believe what they want to believe, I guess – to the point where they share the explanation yet don't even agree which verse is about which Beatle!

On the other hand…Maybe the notion can be taken a step further, and it could be argued that John thinks of the Beatles as a four-headed unit? Sure, why not. That way, interpreters can randomly apply the various lines to the various individuals as they see fit – without even having to worry about what verse they come from! Go ahead, have fun!

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30 January 2013
1.23am
Egroeg Evoli
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Here come old flat top
He come groovin' up slowly
He got joo joo eyeballs
He one holy rollers
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 knees
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

 

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30 January 2013
1.57am
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The whole song if lyrically great, but that one line --

Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease

-- is a stroke of genius.

 

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30 January 2013
2.18am
Egroeg Evoli
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Here's my opininon, if I look at it the "Beatle per verse" way:

Verse 1

Here come old flat top
He come groovin' up slowly
He got joo joo eyeballs
He one holy rollers
He got hair down to his knee
Got to be a joker
He just do what he please

Ringo. I looked at the other verses and this is the only one left for Ringo.

Verse 2

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

George. You got to be free- religion-wise(?); Coca Cola… hm… do you get the reference?

Verse 3

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

John. Lots of references. Bag production- wasn't that a company he created? Walrus gumboot- I Am The Walrus. Ono- it's obvious. Feet down below his knees- I always found this line interesting. Perhaps it means his feet were below his knees in the sense that he was standing, not on the ground or on his knees begging, standing up for himself, etc.

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
Come together right now
Over me

Paul. Roller coaster- Helter Skelter reference? Early warning, one and one and one is three- threats to leave the band?

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30 January 2013
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Paul wasnt threatening to leave the band then, if anything he was the one getting them organised and into the studio to record Abbey Road.

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30 January 2013
10.04pm
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meanmistermustard said
Paul wasnt threatening to leave the band then, if anything he was the one getting them organised and into the studio to record Abbey Road.

 

Oh. Oh well. The Helter Skelter reference still works.

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