Song of the Day #548: ‘Come Together’ – The Beatles

This weekend marks my 39th and 40th Beatles Weekend selections… five months of the Fab Four. And upon reaching that milestone, I’m going to give the boys a rest and shift my attention to another weekend theme. You’ll find out what that is one week from today.

For the final Beatles Weekend, I’m focusing on their final album, Abbey Road. Certainly one of their finest moments on record, Abbey Road features a combination of their heaviest (‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’), silliest (‘Octopus’s Garden’) and most enduring (‘Here Comes the Sun,’ ‘Something’) songs.

And the whole thing kicks off with one of the strangest, grooviest of all Beatles songs, ‘Come Together.’

I’ve always read this song as about the four Beatles, with each verse referring to one of them. The first verse is about Ringo, the “joker” of the band. I believe “roller” is a drumming reference though the rest is a mystery to me.

Verse two is about Paul, though I’m mostly at a loss to tie the lines to him. “He wear no shoeshine,” I believe is a reference to Paul’s bare feet on the cover of the album, one of those clues people used to support the Paul is Dead theory.

Verse three is John, the “Ono sideboard” being the most obvious reference in the whole song.

And the final verse is about George, the handsome and quiet Beatle, who’s “got to be good looking ’cause he’s so hard to see.”

I don’t know if that’s accurate or not but it’s always been a fun theory. What do you think this song is about?

Shoot me! Shoot me! Shoot me!

Here come old flattop. He come grooving up slowly
He got joo-joo eyeball, he one holy roller
He got hair down to his knees
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’s got Ono sideboard, he one spinal cracker
He’s got feet down below his knee
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

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #548: ‘Come Together’ – The Beatles

  1. Amy says:

    I never once thought about what the actual verses meant, but I like your theory. Still haven’t a clue how to interpret the actual lines, but I like the theory. And – I’ve very much enjoyed these weekends. I’m tearing up watching Conan’s exit, so now I’m transferring those emotions to saying goodbye to the Beatles 🙂

    Anyway, great song! I’ve always loved it.

  2. dana says:

    I too had never heard that theory, but I think it is a good one. If only John were alive to tell us:(

    I will miss the Beatles weekends, but, for the love of God….please do not do country weekends!

  3. Maddie says:

    no more beatles weekends??? 😦 Clay! atleast do Brad Paisley weekends? 🙂

  4. Clay says:

    I have something else in store for the weekends, but I promise there is more Paisley to come. 🙂

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