Beatles ( The ) - COME TOGETHER

First performance: 20/01/1994


Coverinfo

1994-01-20 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY, NY (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)
Bruce covered the song only once :
In celebration of John Lennon's induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist, COME TOGETHER was planned to be performed by Elton John and Rod Stewart, but the latter didn't make the ceremony because of an earthquake that hit Los Angeles shortly before the event. According to Brucebase, while Bob Weir, John Popper, and others were performing onstage, the production personnel approached Bruce Springsteen with a lyrics sheet to COME TOGETHER. Springsteen politely refused, repeatedly. The producers then asked Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose who was at the next table. Rose agreed and then pulled up a chair next to Springsteen. After a minute or two of conversation, Rose put the song's lyrics on the table and the two hovered over the paper for a few minutes. When the stage was cleared, they got up, walked onto the stage, and performed the song, without any rehearsal or practice.

Songinfo

"Come Together" is a song by the Beatles written primarily by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney. The song is the opening track on the album Abbey Road and was also released as a single coupled with "Something". "Come Together" started as Lennon's attempt to write a song for Timothy Leary's campaign for governor of California against Ronald Reagan, which promptly ended when Leary was sent to prison for possession of marijuana.

Bruce on the artist

 
" The Beatles were cool. They were classical, formal, and created the idea of an independent unit where everything could come out of your garage. The "Meet the Beatles" album cover, those four head shots. I remember, I seen 'em at J. J. Newberry's. It was the first thing I saw when you ran down to the five–and–ten cent store. There were no record stores. There weren't enough records, I don't think, in those days. There was a little set by the toys where they sold a few albums.
And I remember running in and seeing that album cover with those four headshots. It was like the silent gods of Olympus. Your future was just sort of staring you in the face. I remember thinking, "That's too cool. I'm never gonna get there, man, never." And then in some fanzine I came across a picture of the Beatles in Hamburg. And they had on the leather jackets and the slick–backed pompadours, they had acned faces. I said, hey, "Wait a minute, those are the guys I grew up with, only they were Liverpool wharf rats."
So minus their Nehru jackets and the haircuts – so these guys, they're kids. They're a lot cooler than me, but they're still kids. There must be a way to get there from here.  "
 
During the " The Late Show with Stephen Colbert " (at: 07:00)
 

Lyrics

Here comes old flat top, he come grooving up slowly
He got Joo Joo eye-ball, he one holy roller
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 O-no side board, he one spinal cracker
He got feet down below his knee
Hold you in his armchair, you can feel his disease
Come together, right now, over me

Right!

Come!

Come

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 so hard to see
Come together, right now, over me

Ah!

Come together, yeah
Come together, yeah
Come together, yeah
Come together, yeah
Come together, yeah
Come together, yeahhh
Come together, yeahhh
Ahhh
Come together, yeah
Come together, yeahhh