Guest poem submitted by Matthew Chanoff: I know you already did your song lyric theme, but I've got to propose you run this anyway.
(Poem #995) Come Together
Here come old flattop he come grooving up slowly He got Joo-Joo eyeball 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 Ono sideboard 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 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 Come together, come together, come together, come together, yeah.
This is my all time favorite obscure poem. What could they have had in mind? Maybe it's a poem about a street person with a personality disorder who needs to come together. Maybe it's a parody of John "he got Ono sideboard." Maybe it's just a stream of imagery. One thing I love about it is the rhythm. Everyone over 30 has that rhythm somewhere in their brain cells. You can tell you have it if you try reading the thing aloud. Try saying "He say "One and one and one is three" without stretching and syncopating on "one." The poem is also very heavy on trochees (stress-unstressed feet) like slowly, roller, football, cola, gumboot, cracker, warning, filter. Very often they're used as a signal for indecisiveness, passivity, etcetera. cf, the "To be or not to be" soliloquey in Hamlet. Maybe it's about recognizing mentally distrurbed street people as not so different from you and me. I'm not sure who wrote it. At this stage in their development, Lennon and McCartney pretty much wrote separately, though they continued to put both names on all songs. [It was Lennon, actually - ed.] For a bio of the band, check out [broken link] http://beatles.sonicnet.com/artists/biography/969.jhtml For a complete Beatles lyric archive, check out [broken link] http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Limo/3518/ Matt.