"Come Together" as written by Patrick Ryan Clark, Carl Richard ("cary") Pierce and Sean Hurley....
Little johnny's all messed up
'Cause first he jumped and then he looked
Those tracks of time those tracks are mine
Little johnny's occupied
Come on, come together
Come on, come together

Little johnny had an ache
That hung around the poor boy's mate
Every time that johnny ate
The little sucker fed the ache

Come on, come together
Come on, come together

Little j's a messed up boy
Who doled the pain but killed the joy
And little j he's gotta confess
That when he's offered just says yes
Little j is all messed up
First he jumped and then he looked
The tracks of time those tracks of mine
Little j is occupied

Come on, come together
Come on, come together

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"Come Together" as written by Stephen Haldane Coore Michael Cooper

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    Lyric CorrectionLittle Johnny had an APE
    That hung around the poor boy's NAPE
    Every time that Johnny ate
    The little fucker fed the ape
    Rubbleon May 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentSpiritualized lyrics aren't that great or original,but they are very powerful in the context of the songs. Come together is great example. Stunning tune!
    mazettion June 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentErr could be a lot of things, I suppose. First look to me just seems like it's about a boy who got into things he wish he wouldn't have and now is dependent upon those things that hurt him to ease his pain. Maybe about cocaine or heroin?
    Qjasoon September 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwell, the video seems to be a recreation of Lee Harvey Oswalda at the courthouse, and the person in the song's name is Johnny....
    pqhooliganon September 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts about heroin/opiate addiction
    qawsedrftgon January 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's not quite a bullshit metaphor.
    Story goes like this, and this is very, very brief:
    We have Jason Pierce, AKA J. Spaceman, who was dating Spiritualized's keyboardist Kate Radley. However, unbeknown to Pierce, Radley had gone and secretly married Richard Ashcroft, who you may know of because of his band The Verve. This was shortly before Ladies & Gentlemen... was released, causing Pierce to jump from recreational user to complete and total addict. This is where lines like “Sometimes have my breakfast right off of a mirror / And sometime have it straight out of a bottle” ("Home of the Brave") and the John Prine reference in "Cop Shoot Cop..." ("Hey man, there's a hole in my arm where all the money goes") come from. And, of course, "Come Together."

    Without context, Ladies and Gentlemen... stands as a record of the howling pangs of the lovelorn, but in context (keep in mind, Radley was still in the band for the record), it serves as the permanent article of what can go wrong with somebody.

    There are no real metaphors here. Little Johnny is a fucked-up user, and he doesn't hurt, but he doesn't feel a lot of anything else either. He even goes as far as to refer to him as "Little J," for God's sake. It's pretty straightforward.
    TemporaryLifeon December 20, 2009   Link
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    General Comment^What he said. "The tracks of time, these tracks of mine" clearly refers to 'track marks' , defined in Urban Dictionary as "the line of bruised needle holes in the arm of a junky produced as he shoots up at a slightly higher point on his arm..."


    See also the cyclical nature of addiction in "dulls the pain that kills the joy" and "Every time that Johnny ate / the little fucker fed the ache".

    ANorthernSoul76on January 13, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionThis song, as with many Spiritualized songs in general, uses polyphonic production to convey a sort of insanity. The lyrics, I agree, are quite straightforwardly about opiate addiction. But you can’t forget the power of the music to convey part of the meaning.

    I think the quasi-religious and triumphant music from the chorus onwards conveys redemption, recovery, and confrontation of the shit Johnny’s got himself into.
    elliotb214on September 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI dont think lyrics have to be drenched in bullshit metaphors. I think the most meaningful songs are ones that are simple and straight forward.
    LeDuckMirouxon January 27, 2009   Link

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