Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
|"Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"|
|Song by the Beatles from the album The Beatles|
|Released||22 November 1968|
|Recorded||27 June & 1 July 1968|
|The Beatles track listing|
"Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" (working title, "Come On, Come On") is a song written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and performed by the Beatles on their 1968 album The Beatles, also known as "The White Album". It is the longest title of any song released by the group. Paul McCartney plays a brief bass solo at the 2:04 mark, followed by a six-bar rhythm guitar solo, very likely played by Lennon.
That was just a sort of nice line that I made into a song. It was about me and Yoko. Everybody seemed to be paranoid except for us two, who were in the glow of love. Everything is clear and open when you're in love. Everybody was sort of tense around us: you know, 'What is she doing here at the session? Why is she with him?' All this sort of madness is going on around us because we just happened to want to be together all the time.
Many listeners, including Paul McCartney, believed that the song was about heroin, as the term "monkey" is often associated with the drug. Although Lennon and Ono used the drug, McCartney, as well as the other two Beatles, did not, with McCartney later saying, "It was a harder terminology, which the rest of us weren't into."
An unreleased demo of the song, recorded in George Harrison's Esher home in May 1968, features all-acoustic instrumentation, and a vocal sung an octave lower than the released version. The released version of the song was recorded at Abbey Road Studios on 27 June 1968, and an overdub session on 1 July.
- Fats Domino covered this song in 1969.
- The Feelies did a cover of the song on their 1980 debut album Crazy Rhythms.
- When Mojo released The White Album Recovered in 2008, part of a continuing series of CDs of Beatles albums covered track-by-track by modern artists, the track was covered by My Brightest Diamond.
- Soundgarden covered the song during a 1989 Peel session.
- Kristin Hersh on the 1999 EP 'Echo'
- John Lennon – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion, handclaps, shouting
- Paul McCartney – backing vocals, bass, bell, percussion, handclaps
- George Harrison – backing vocals, lead guitar, percussion, handclaps
- Ringo Starr – drums, percussion, handclaps
- Sound & Vision 2001, p. 103.
- Turner, Steve. A Hard Day's Write. New York: MJF Books.
- "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey". The Beatles Bible.
- "100 Greatest Beatles Songs: No. 73 - 'Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey'". Rolling Stone.
- Lewisohn 1988, p. 139.
- "The White Album Recovered 2 - Track Listing — Mojo Cover CDs — The Definitive List".
- "BBC — Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 14/05/1989 Soundgarden".
- Emerick & Massey 2006, p. 387.
- MacDonald 2005, p. 293.
- Sound & Vision, Volume 67, Issues 2-5. Michigan: Hachette Filipacchi Magazines. 2001.
Go forward to 1968 and The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album) and you get a veritable hard-rock clinic on what used to be, in the days of vinyl. Side 3: "Birthday," "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey," "Helter Skelter"
- Emerick, Geoff; Massey, Howard (2006). Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 1-59240-179-1.
- Lewisohn, Mark (1988). The Beatles Recording Sessions. New York: Harmony Books. ISBN 0-517-57066-1.
- MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (Second Revised ed.). London: Pimlico (Rand). ISBN 1-84413-828-3.
- Sheff, David (2000). All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-25464-4.
- Alan W. Pollack's Notes on "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"
- The Beatles Bible: Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey