My iPod #423: John Lennon – Gimme Some Truth

“Gimme Some Truth” is a snarly, protest track by John Lennon from his second album Imagine. A criticism of Richard “Tricky Dicky” Nixon and general politics around the early 70s, Lennon produces one of his roughest vocal performances yet for a vitriolic work with a powerful message that still holds its weight in today’s society.

Honestly, it’s not my absolute go-to track from the album. Though I hold it in high regard for it being of the only rockers on the album; John is mad and puts all of his negative energy into the music and the lyrics. Never again could the phrase “schizophrenic, egocentric, paranoiac, prima-donnas” be used in a song. Apart from that, there are the subtle parts of “Truth” that make it that much better to listen to: George Harrison’s fierce slide guitar solo, the sudden falsetto ‘wooooooo’ John lets out after the first chorus, the emphatic ‘aah’ before the last verse, the rising intensity in his voice during the fadeout, all of which are set to a stomping and commanding drum beat. Just a few things to look out for.

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Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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