JOHN-LENNON

People like to pretend that each verse of “Come Together” is about one of the Beatles, and the fun thing is that you have fans swearing that same exact verses are about different Beatles. People say “he wear no shoe shine” could only be about George Harrison liking to be barefoot, and of course, “one and one and one is three” obviously means Paul McCartney is dead, leaving three living Beatles. Also the fact that the song is sung in English over a backbeat must mean that Lennon is referencing England’s tyrannical colonization that beat upon people of foreign lands. OK, I made that up, but it’s no less stupid.

But the Song Is About So Much Less: Basically, when Timothy Leary was endorsing drug use and embracing the counterculture, he asked Lennon to write a song for his California gubernatorial campaign. His campaign slogan was “Come Together, Join the Party.” Lennon tried and failed to write a song, coming up with what Lennon himself called “gobblygook.”

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"He also has his black moods, as we all do - and God help anyone who at that time incites his wrath!" - Ravi Shankar

"George had two incredible separate personalities. He had the love bag-of-beads personality. And the bag of anger." - Ringo Starr    

"His face was a mask of fury and contempt; I had never seen an angrier man. George’s anger even paralyzed John." - May Pang, Loving John 

"I saw George back-out three Hell’s Angels. We were in an office together with Alistair [Taylor], and these three Angels just flung open the door and walked straight in. I was looking for the closet, but George walked straight up to the biggest guy in the middle and said, ‘What are you doing here? We don’t want you here, we’re having a meeting.’ The guy must have outweighed him by 200lbs, but he just walked back and kept saying, ‘I know you, I know you…’ He walked out the door and George shut it in his face." - Jackie Lomax, George Harrison: Behind the Locked Door 

"You’ll stay on the fucking label. Hare Krishna." - George to Paul

"Suddenly the entire Drug Squad began pressing so close that George was moved to shout: ‘Give us some fucking room, will you! I’m not going to run away!’ Whereupon a press photographer duly popped out of the bushes, temporarily blinding us with his flash camera as he snapped his group portrait. At that, George completely blew his top. ‘What the fuck do you think you’re doing on my property?’ he yelled. ‘I’m gonna fucking kill you, you bastard!’ Tearing after the photographer, with the entire Drug Squad fast at his heels, George embarked upon a protracted wild-goose chase around his own garden. Observing it all from the drive, I couldn’t help but laugh; bad as I felt for George, the scene was altogether worthy of a Marx Brothers film.” - Pete Shotton on George’s drug bust

"As we were listening, I noticed that something down in the studio had caught George Harrison’s attention. After a moment or two he began staring bug-eyed out the control room window… Yoko had gotten out of bed and was slowly padding across the studio floor, finally coming to a stop at Harrison’s Leslie cabinet, which had a packet of McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits on top. Idly, she began opening the packet and delicately removed a single biscuit. Just as the morsel reached her mouth, Harrison could contain himself no longer. ‘THAT BITCH!’ Everyone looked aghast, but we all knew exactly who he was talking about. ‘She’s just taken one of my biscuits!’" - Geoff Emerick, Here, There And Everywhere

"A couple weeks later George dropped by the Pheasantry and left me acetates of the double album on which [While My guitar Gently Weeps] was going to appear[…] Word had got back to him that I was playing the [White Album] around town, and he was furious and gave me a huge bollocking[…] For a little while I steered clear of him, but in time we became friends again, although after that, I was always a little wary of letting my guard down around him." - Eric Clapton, Clapton: The Autobiography

"I think chanting helped George a lot, overcoming feelings of distress and anger." - Mukunda Goswami