063 – Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey – Insidia Of Roma!

Original Version recorded 27th June 1968
Ukulele version recorded January 2012
Insidia Of Roma!: Vocals
David Barratt: Ukulele and everything else
Produced by David Barratt at The Abattoir Of Good Taste.
Photo: Nadia Itani
Written by John Lennon
Credited to Lennon & McCartney
"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." John Lennon
Insidia was born into Romany royalty on the east coast of the Ionian Sea, but kidnapped within hours of her birth by a corrupt palace servant who sold her on the black market to the highest bidder – an evil, toothless hag whose trade was selling overly ripe pomegranates from a wheelbarrow.
The hag bought Insidia for food, but decided to enslave her instead after biting off her left pinky and finding the meat not quite to her liking. At the age of seven, Insidia managed to escape her captor amongst the tumult of a crowded marketplace in an obscure village on the Oranthian River. She was quickly adopted by a Romany family of 14, whose love for the newfound urchin made up for the fact that they often didn’t have enough food to go around. Her adoptive mother and grandmother taught her to tell fortunes through reading people’s palms and Tarot cards, and by her early teens, Insidia was renowned throughout the Oranthian River Valley for her fortunetelling skills. But it was her adoptive father, a talented accordion player, who made the greatest impression on the young Insidia. Every night, he would play lullabies on his ornate squeezebox to get Insidia to sleep. And every night, she would become mesmerized by the keys on his accordion, and have recurring dreams of playing a similar instrument before a huge crowd in an amphitheatre.
These dreams gave way to daydreams of a new and very different course – one charted by music, pleasure and freedom. One fateful day while administering a palm reading to a diabolical stranger in a white suit, Insidia encountered a most remarkable phenomenon – she saw her own future written in the stranger’s palm, and realized that she was destined to join him and his band of beautiful female musicians for a life of music and crime. And from the day she left with Stiletto to join the ranks of Roma!, Insidia never looked back.


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