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Gimme Some Truth
ImagineCover
song by John Lennon
Released 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Rock
Length 3:16
Writer John Lennon
Producer John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Phil Spector
Duran Duran cover song

"Gimme Some Truth" is a protest song written and performed by John Lennon from his 1971 album Imagine and covered by Duran Duran.

About the song Edit

Like several songs on the Imagine album, such as the title track "Imagine", "Gimme Some Truth" has blatant political references emerging from the time it was written, during the latter years of the Vietnam War. The song expresses Lennon's frustration with deceptive politicians and acts of military violence such as the My Lai massacre. The song encapsulates the general feeling of the time, when people were heavily participating in protest rallies against the government. Lennon's dig at US President Richard Nixon, referring to him in the lyrics of the song as "Tricky Dicky", proved to be increasingly relevant after the song's release, when in 1972 the Watergate scandal erupted. "Tricky Dicky" became a popular nickname for Nixon during the Watergate hearings, and came into widespread usage.

The song references the nursery rhyme "Old Mother Hubbard," using the rhyme's content (about a woman going to get her dog a bone, only to discover that her cupboard is empty) as a political parallel to the events of the day, a practice that goes all the way back to when the rhyme was originally printed in 1805. The song also alludes to "soft soap", using it as a slang term for liquid soap, likening its slippery qualities to a politician trying to quell public unrest with insincere praise.

Duran Duran performed the song during the Jerusalem for Reconciliation Concert, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London (UK) on 28 April 1991. John Jones performed on piano and proceeds went to the Children of the Middle East.

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Lyrics Edit

I'm sick and tired of hearing things 
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocritics 
All I want is the truth 
Just gimme some truth 
I've had enough of reading things 
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians 
All I want is the truth 
Just gimme some truth 
 
No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky 
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me 
With just a pocketful of hope 
Money for dope 
Money for rope 
 
No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky 
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me 
With just a pocketful of soap 
Money for dope 
Money for rope 
 
I'm sick to death of seeing things 
From tight-lipped, condescending, mama's little chauvinists 
All I want is the truth 
Just gimme some truth now 
 
I've had enough of watching scenes 
Of schizophrenic, ego-centric, paranoiac, prima-donnas 
All I want is the truth now 
Just gimme some truth 
 
No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of tricky dicky 
Is gonna mother hubbard soft soap me 
With just a pocketful of soap 
It's money for dope 
Money for rope 
 
Ah, I'm sick and tired of hearing things 
from uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites 
All I want is the truth now 
Just gimme some truth now 
 
I've had enough of reading things 
by neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians 
All I want is the truth now 
Just gimme some truth now 
 
All I want is the truth now 
Just gimme some truth now 
All I want is the truth 
Just gimme some truth 
All I want is the truth 
Just gimme some truth

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