Gimme Some Truth

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For the box set, see Gimme Some Truth (album).
"Gimme Some Truth"
Song by John Lennon from the album Imagine
Released 9 September 1971 (US)
8 October 1971 (UK)
Recorded June–July 1971
Ascot Sound Studios, Surrey
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 3:18
Label Apple
Writer John Lennon
Producer John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Phil Spector
"Gimme Some Truth"
Single by John Lennon
A-side "Love"
Released 15 November 1982
Format 45
Length 3:16
Label Geffen
Writer(s) John Lennon
Producer(s) Phil Spector, John Lennon, and Yoko Ono
John Lennon singles chronology
"Watching the Wheels"
"Nobody Told Me"

"Jealous Guy"


(1999, UK only)

"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. "Gimme Some Truth" contains various 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.


Cover versions and performances by other artists[edit]

Other works named after the song[edit]

  • A 2000 direct-to-video documentary film showing the recording sessions and evolution of Imagine took its title, Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon's Imagine Album, from this song.
  • Jon Wiener took the title of this song for his 1999 book, Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files, about Nixon's attempt to deport Lennon in 1972.[6]


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  6. ^ Wiener, Jon (3 February 2000). Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files. University of California Press. p. 368. ISBN 978-0-520-21646-4. 

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