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Walrus gumboot, toe-jam football [LotD #31]
Ah, The Beatles.
Lyric of the Day #31 (31! we're flying!) hits us right between the eyes from the Fab Four. The format of this serious forces me to choose one particular lyric, not an entire song, so I'll oblige, even though I don't really want to, because "Come Together" is just that fascinating.
"He say, 'I know you, you know me'
One thing I can tell you is you've got to be free"
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Just like pretty much everything The Beatles ever did, there are a million interpretations of this song. That's part of what makes The Beatles so fun; you can dream up pretty much any scenario you please, and if you find one lyric in all of their music to back it up, suddenly it's got legs.
With "Come Together," there are two main schools of thought. The first suggests that it was an attempt at a campaign song for Timothy Leary's campaign for governor. Leary asked Lennon to make him a campaign song, and Lennon tried, but couldn't make it happen. Lennon himself has suggested that this is the origin of the song, saying that his attempt failed and that the lyrics are 'gobbledy-gook,' but since when do we take John Lennon's word for things when it comes to the ins and outs of The Beatles? Plus, that theory is kinda boring, so I'll have none of that.
The second theory is far more interesting: this is a song about the band. Abbey Road came at the end of their career together, when the problems between the four of them were already very public and real. "Come Together" is a recognition of their inner troubles.
I like this one because even those who believe it aren't sold as to how it shakes out. This website outlines two main theories: one, that each verse is assigned to a particular member and explains his problems and personality; the other suggests that each line within verses corresponds to one member.
Those are two wildly different interpretations! OF THE SAME DAMN WORDS! And they both make perfect sense, frankly.
Like I said, if you dream it up, and have even one word of 'evidence,' it's a theory with legs.
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