Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey

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"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
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 2:24
Label Apple Records
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles track listing

"Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey" 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.


In 1980, Lennon said: "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."[2]

George Harrison said that the first part of song's title originated from a quote by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi;[3] however, as for the "... except me and my monkey" part, he attested that he did not "know where that came from" though McCartney believes it was a reference to Lennon's heroin habit.[4] "John started talking about fixes and monkeys", he said. "It was a harder terminology, which the rest of us weren't into." Looking back, Lennon said, "We sniffed a little when we were in real pain. We took 'H' because of what the Beatles and their pals were doing to us." [5]


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.[4]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Fats Domino covered this song back 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.[6]


Personnel per Ian MacDonald[8] except as noted.


  1. ^ Sound & Vision 2001, p. 103.
  2. ^ Sheff 2000, pp. 190-191.
  3. ^ MacDonaldp 2005, p. 293.
  4. ^ a b Lewisohn 1988, p. 139.
  5. ^ "73 - 'Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey'". 100 Greatest Beatles Songs. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.mojocovercds.com/cd/306
  7. ^ Emerick & Massey 2006, p. 387.
  8. ^ MacDonald 2005, p. 293.


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