30 July 2009

Three songs

You probably already know “Come Together.”

John Lennon famously said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry,’ ” and “Come Together” owes so much to Berry's song “You Can't Catch Me” that Lennon was sued by Chuck Berry's publisher.

Here's another song that owes a big debt to “You Can't Catch Me,” James McMurtry's “Chocktaw Bingo,” our “new national anthem.”

Update: When I saw Julie Taymor's Across The Universe, I laughed out loud at this scene, because I recognized why the character of JoJo is introduced dressed like Chuck Berry ... as the soundtrack gives us “Come Together:”

Update: Just for fun: a cover of “Come Together” from Pomplamoose.

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