Gimme Some Truth

Written by John LennonUnreleased song

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“Gimme Some Truth” (originally spelled “Give Me Some Truth”) 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. Co-produced by Phil Spector, the recording includes a slide guitar solo played by George Harrison, Lennon’s former bandmate in the Beatles.

In 1982, “Gimme Some Truth” was issued as the B-side of “Love” on a posthumous single. The song provided the title track for the 2000 documentary film Gimme Some Truth: The Making of John Lennon’s Imagine Album.

Origins

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”.

Side Two starts with ‘Gimme Some Truth’ which is one I started a year or two back – probably in India. We wrote a lot there. It was an old lick that I had around a long time but I again changed the lyrics. I like the track because it sounds good but it didn’t get much attention, so it’s a personal track that I like the sound of. The guitars are good and the voice sounds nice and, you know, and it says whatever it says. George does a sharp solo with his steel finger (he’s not too proud of it, but I like it).” – John Lennon

Officially appears on


Let It Be (50th anniversary boxset)

Official album • Released in 2021

1:17 • Studio rehearsal • Mono • January 7, 1969, known until then by John as “Hypocrites”. Includes several cuts compared to the original sequence. In this track we can hear an improvisation authored by McCartney known among fans as “Cuddle Up”, in addition to “Across The Universe”, none of them appear on the official track list. 0:01-0:08: “Where is the band? Where is Harrisongs? ”. Dialogue recorded after an improvisation of “Across The Universe” and before “A Case of the Blues” (unreleased song by Lennon). 0:09-0:13: “Cuddle Up Baby” -Paul on vocals 0:14-0:23: “Across The Universe” -John and Paul on vocals 0:24-1:17: “Gimme Some Truth” -John on lead vocal and Paul on backings (Track with various editions compared to the original performance). The unedited segments were captured by the NAGRA Roll 64 A.

Session Recording:
Jan 07, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK

Bootlegs


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 3rd 1969 - 1 & 2

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

1:39 • Rehearsal • Jan.03 - D2-39 - Gimme Some Truth 3.91

Paul McCartney :
Vocals
John Lennon :
Guitar, Vocals

Session Recording:
Jan 03, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 7th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:11 • Rehearsal • Jan.07 - D3-24 - Give Me Some Truth 7.86

Session Recording:
Jan 07, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 7th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:11 • Rehearsal • Jan.07 - D4-07 - Give Me Some Truth 7.95

Session Recording:
Jan 07, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK


A/B Road Complete Get Back Sessions - Jan 7th, 1969 - 3 & 4

Unofficial album • Released in 2004

0:57 • Rehearsal • Jan.07 - D4-09 - Give Me Some Truth 7.97

Session Recording:
Jan 07, 1969
Studio :
Twickenham Film Studios, London, UK

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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