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Come Together, the lead song on The Beatles' Abbey Road album, was conceived by John Lennon as a political rallying cry for the writer, psychologist and pro-drugs activist Timothy Leary.

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Beatles 'Come Together'
Come Together, the lead song on The Beatles' Abbey Road album, was conceived by John Lennon as a political rallying cry for the writer, psychologist and pro-drugs activist Timothy Leary.

"It was a funky record – it's one of my favorite Beatle tracks, or, one of my favourite Lennon tracks, let's say that. It's funky, it's bluesy, and I'm singing it pretty well. I like the sound of the record. You can dance to it. I'd buy it!"

John Lennon

The song was composed for Timothy Leary's campaign to stand against Ronald Reagan as governor of California.

Leary and his wife Rosemary had traveled to Montreal for John and Yoko's bed-in for peace, which took place on 1 June 1969.

The following day Lennon offered to help Leary's campaign.

His slogan was 'Come together, join the party'. Lennon sent Leary a demo tape of song ideas.

However, when Leary was imprisoned for cannabis possession the campaign ended, enabling Lennon to record the song with The Beatles.

The thing was created in the studio. It's gobbledygook; Come Together was an expression that Leary had come up with for his attempt at being president or whatever he wanted to be, and he asked me to write a campaign song.

"I tried and tried, but I couldn't come up with one. But I came up with this, Come Together, which would've been no good to him – you couldn't have a campaign song like that, right?"

John Lennon

Leary was bemused when he came to hear The Beatles' recording of the song.

Come Together was Lennon's last politicised stance in The Beatles, although much of it was shrouded in imagery: the song lampooned the hippy figureheads who would seek followers among the dropouts of society.

Musically, Come Together took its cue from Chuck Berry's 1956 song You Can't Catch Me; both songs contain the lines "Here come old flat-top". Lennon was later sued by Berry's publisher Morris Levy. They settled out of court, and Lennon agreed to record more songs owned by Levy.

Comments:

dayabolical

"he got feet down below his knees"

they weren't just musical geniuses, they were anatomical geniuses.

The Philosophical Phil Swift

Producer: How many drugs you want? 

The Beatles: yes

GunnarBeatle Mania1964

1969: this is a great song 

2019: this is a great song 

5069:this is a great song

9069:this is a great song

Edgar Carrera

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Producer: How much color do you want in this video?

The Beatles: Yes!

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