"Gimme Some Truth" − or "Give Me Some Truth", as the title originally appeared on record sleeves − is a protest song written and performed by John Lennon. It was first released on his 1971 album Imagine. As with a number of songs on that album, the title track being one, "Gimme Some Truth" contains obvious political references emerging from the time it was written, during the latter years of the Vietnam War.
Work on the song began as early as January 1969 during The Beatles' Get Back sessions, which would eventually evolve into Let It Be. Bootleg recordings of the group performing songs that would eventually go onto the members' solo recordings feature a few performances of "Gimme Some Truth".
The song expresses Lennon's frustration with deceptive politicians ("short-haired yellow-bellied sons of Tricky Dicky"), with hypocrisy, and with chauvinism ("tight-lipped condescending mommy's little chauvinists"). The song encapsulates some widely held feelings of the time, when people were heavily participating in protest rallies against the government.
"Gimme Some Truth" uses a reference to the nursery rhyme "Old Mother Hubbard" (about a woman going to get her dog a bone, only to discover that her cupboard is empty) as verb. The song's mention of "soft-soap" employs that slang verb in its classic sense − i.e., insincere flattery that attempts to convince someone to do or to think something, as in the case of politicians who use specious or beguiling rhetoric to quell public unrest or to propagandise unfairly.
Ash released it as a B-side to "Angel Interceptor" in 1995.
Travis's version is a B-side to "More Than Us", released in 1998.
Pearl Jam covered this song on some of their live shows, more notably on the third leg of their 2003 tour during the beginning of the Iraq War. In his 8 July 2003 performance of the song in Madison Square Garden, Eddie Vedder substituted "Georgie Porgie" for "Tricky Dicky" in one verse, substituted the line "no blood for oil" for "money for rope," and as the outro repeated over and over the modified lyric "All we want is the truth / we can handle the truth." Following the song and before "I Am Mine," Vedder mentioned that it was the band's first time in New York since 9/11 and he thanked the people of New York for being so strong.
Primal Scream recorded this song as a B-side to their "Country Girl" single in 2006.
In The Polyphonic Spree's 2007 tour promoting the release of the album The Fragile Army, the band opened their show with the song, with the lyrics projected on a piece of fabric strung across the front of the stage.