Come Together
The Beatles
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Here come old flat top
He come groovin' up slowly
He got jew jew eyeballs
He want holy rollers
He got hair down to his knees
Got to be a joker
He just do what he please

1969
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1969 for one week
  • RIAA certified Platinum record (2x)
  • peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles chart in 1969
  • from the album Abbey Road (1969)
  • ranks #205 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • "Come Together" was banned from airplay by the BBC when it was released because the mention of Coca-Cola violated the BBC's advertising rules
  • John Lennon was sued by Chuck Berry's music publisher, Morris Levy, because of a lyric that too closely resembled a lyric in Berry's "You Can't Catch Me"; The Beatles' line was "Here come ol' flattop, he come groovin' up slowly" and Berry's "Here come up flattop, he was groovin' up with me"); Lennon settled the suit by agreeing to record three of the music publishers songs 
  • the last song that all four Beatles recorded together
  • on the record:
         John Lennon- lead vocal, rhythm guitar, electric piano, hand-claps
         Paul McCartney- harmony vocal, bass guitar
         George Harrison- lead guitar
         Ringo Starr- drums, maracas
  • written primarily by John Lennon, credited to Lennon/McCartney
  • originated as a campaign slogan song for Timothy Leary who was running for governor of California against Ronald Reagan in the 1970 election; Lennon brought the unfinished song to the Abbey Road sessions, where it was slowed down and Paul added what he called a "swampy bass-and-drums vibe"
  • produced by George Martin;  Martin: "If I had to pick one song that showed the four disparate talents of the boys and the ways they combined to make a great sound, I would choose 'Come Together'"
  • recorded at Abbey Road Studios, London
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