Come together… if that ain’t a message we could all use right about now, then I don’t know what is.
Eric Church is gearing up to reissue his 2014 The Outsiders record later this week (in the UK) and it got me thinking about his cover of The Beatles’ 1969 hit “Come Together” that originally appeared as a bonus track on the 1st pressing of The Outsiders vinyl record.
Written primarily by John Lennon with a little help from Paul, “Come Together” was supposed to be a campaign song for Timothy Leary who was running for California governor against Ronald Reagan. And while the title was nice idea, John later admitted that the song was just nonsense.
“It’s gobbledygook. ‘Come Together’ was an expression that Leary had come up with for his attempt at being president or whatever he wanted to be, and he asked me to write a campaign song. I tried and tried, but I couldn’t come up with one. But I came up with this, ‘Come Together,’ which would’ve been no good to him… you couldn’t have a campaign song like that, right?”
But after Leary went to jail for possession of marijuana, ending his campaign, John’s “Come Together” became the first track on their iconic Abby Road record. And to this day, “Come Together” is still one of the biggest hits they ever recorded.
Eric has been known to play “Come Together” from time to time in his live show, but unless you got your hands on the vinyl, you might not have heard the studio version before.
Is there a better way to wake up than with a little Eric Church “Come Together” action? I don’t think so…
And of course, here’s the live version featuring some killer vocals from the crazy talented Joanna Cotten.