Dragon! Dragon! Rock the Dragon!
Come, a-come get me!

Also while listening to the song, I did not feel like they say Come, a-come get me!

Is there any meaning existing or is it just for sound effects?

Listen to the song at 0:42 at Video.

  • No meaning, it's just an effect to maintain rhythm. – LawrenceC Jul 22 '16 at 13:08
  • Do you have a link to the song or video so we can listen to it? – Alan Carmack Jul 22 '16 at 13:14
  • It has the look of the sort of fossilized expressions we find in children's games that are many hundreds of years old. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 22 '16 at 14:24

Yeah, I heard a come at 0:42. It's just a rhythmic filler sound. When you listen to sung language, you're gonna hear a lot of "extra syllables" thrown in because the artist is singing music, not prose. But sometimes it'll be due to dialect: See 'in-a my heart' correct, or only 'in my heart'?.

In contexts other than the one you ask about, a come could be part of a dialect other than standard English. That is what appears to be happening in the publication called

Dem a come


where dem is most likely a representation of the pronoun them (in subject position, where standard English would use they) and a could be a shortening of of or have, as it is in I'd a come. See If Ida Been Here, Ida Been There.

English does has the gerund form a-coming, whose usage can be traced to Old English. See a fighting for the glory - how do you understand this type of grammar? and the ELU links from that question.

It is possible that speakers who nowadays say I'm a-coming could say a-come and get me. That is not what is happening in the music you cite.

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    Song added there – Anubhav Singh Jul 22 '16 at 14:43
  • Thank you, because it is always best to listen to how written lyrics are actually sung, in order to attempt to form an interpretation. – Alan Carmack Jul 22 '16 at 15:26

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