Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey was a John Lennon song that appeared on The White Album. John later said that he conceived a pleasant musical line, along with the phrase in the title, which as about the two of them: John and Yoko. He said that they were in "the glow of love," but that everyone else around them seemed tense. The title (except for the "monkey" part) is a quote from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul allowed as how the "monkey" in question was John's growing heroine addiction. Those who followed John to I Am the Walrus were aware that he would gladly create nonsense lyrics, and so the "monkey" reference did not seem that peculiar. The title is the longest of all Beatles' songs. The group recorded Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey on June 26-27, 1968. The first day was rehearsal only, the second day was for six takes and overdubs. Lennon added new lead vocals on July 23. Together with more backing vocals and handclaps. The original base track take was 3:07, and it was speeded up to 2:29.