Yes, the title of this post has pissed you off already. John Lennon certainly kicked up a fuss with his famous, “We have become more popular than Jesus” remark. But, stick with me for a moment.
So, just to let you know, I am old enough to remember The Beatles. I was about five when my brother brought “Sgt. Peppers” home. I remember the music, but mostly, I remember that the album opened up and it was so pretty! All those wonderful colors! My older brother and sister were big fans and I got to grow up listening to all of their wonderful music.
Personally, don’t have a huge collection, and I am one of those who waited for the Beatles music to show up on itunes. One of my first purchases was “Come Together” from Abbey Road. Listening to the lyrics got me thinking. Were McCartney and Lennon referring to Jesus when they wrote about “old flattop” Let’s compare and contrast, shall we?
“Here come old flattop, he come groovin’ up slowly” I don’t think Jesus was one to rush around. You know he wasn’t checking his blackberry and I’m guessing he’d never send a text.
“He got joo-joo eyeball, he one holly roller” Well, of course he’s a holly roller, duh?
“Got to be a joker he just do what he please” Yeah, he does “what he please” like healing the sick and raising people from the dead. He was all about being independent.
“He wear no shoeshine, he got toe-jam football He got monkey finger, he shoot coca-cola” Okay, well that’s just filler. Let’s get down to the real deal. “He say I know you, you know me, one thing I can tell you is you got to be free” Now, come on folks, isn’t that the essence of what Jesus was saying? The truth will set you free?
Moving on: “he bag production, he got walrus gumboot” okay, that’s just more filler. But look at this, “hold you in his arms, yeah, you can feel his disease.” I’m pretty sure Jesus knew he was not long for this world.
“He say, one and one and one is three” I’m guessing this is a direct reference to Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
“Come together, right now, over me.”
That’s how it pans out in my small brain. There are critics who say the lyrics are about each of the other members of the band. But for me, it’s an interesting exercise that you can interpret art in so many ways, and this one serves as a reminder that we are all in this together. Thanks for stopping by. What do you think? Am I close or just babbling on here?