Unfortunately for Timothy Leary, "Come Together" makes a much better rock tune than campaign anthem. John Lennon originally wrote the song in 1969 for the psychologist, LSD proponent and counterculture hero who mounted a brief, longshot campaign for California governor against noted counter-counterculture hero Ronald Reagan. (Leary's campaign slogan: "Come together, join the party.") Leary didn't see much political value in the song, which was later given nonsense lyrics and recorded with what Paul McCartney called a "swampy bass-and-drums vibe." Ultimately it probably wouldn't have done much for Leary anyhow; his campaign folded after he was imprisoned for marijuana possession in 1970.