“Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” is a Beatles’ song from their 1968 “White Album”.
Release Date: 22nd November, 1968
Recorded: 26th, 27th June and 1st, 23rd July, 1968
Genre: Hard rock
Track Duration: 2:24
Record Label: Apple
Producer: George Martin
Engineers: Geoff Emerick, Ken Scott
John Lennon: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion, handclaps
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass guitar, bell, percussion, handclaps
George Harrison: backing vocals, lead guitar, percussion, handclaps
Ringo Starr: drums, percussion, handclaps
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey
Written by John Lennon but credited to the Lennon-McCartney partnership, this is The Beatles’ longest individual song title. Although the title of the song seems strange, it was about the new love of his life. Indeed, Lennon tries to explain it:
“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.”
All We Are Saying, David Sheff
Without doubt, many songs in the 1960s made references to drugs. Some were blatantly obvious while others were more subtle. There was a suggestion that this song was also about drugs. For example, the title itself being rather cryptic with “monkey” having a connection to heroin in those days. Then there was the lyric, “The deeper you go the higher you fly”.
Although John Lennon and Yoko did use heroin, Lennon himself would not admit to a link. Neither would the rest of the band members with McCartney saying, “It was a harder terminology, which the rest of us weren’t into”. So, we may never know if there was a connection to drugs in this song.
The Beatles began rehearsing the song on the 26th June, 1968, in Studio Two at the EMI Studios, London, but the tapes were still recording. They started to record the song properly the next day in the same studio, during the 5.00pm-3.45am session. They recorded 6 takes with the last of those being suitable as the master track.