You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

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"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - The Beatles.jpg
The French jukebox single release of the song, backed with "Yesterday"
Song by the Beatles from the album Help!
Released 6 August 1965 (mono and stereo)
Recorded 18 February 1965,
EMI Studios, London
Genre Folk rock
Length 2:11
Label Parlophone
Writer Lennon–McCartney
Producer George Martin
Help! track listing
Music sample
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
Single by The Silkie
from the album You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
B-side "City Winds"
Released 1965
Format 7"
Genre Rock
Length 2:20
Label Fontana
Writer(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) The Beatles
The Silkie singles chronology
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"
(1965)
"Blood Red River"
(1965)

"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" is a song by English rock band the Beatles. It was written and sung by John Lennon (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released on the album Help! in August 1965.

Composition and recording[edit]

Lennon's vocal style was inspired by the American singer Bob Dylan. Lennon wrote the song at home during what he called his "Dylan period", wanting another song for the film Help!.[1] The song "is just basically John doing Dylan", Paul McCartney confirmed.[2]

The song is in a folkish strophic form and uses a Dylanesque acoustic guitar figure in compound time, chiefly acoustic accompaniment, no backing voices and light percussion from brushed snare, tambourine and maraca.

The basic rhythm track was recorded first, followed by George Harrison's guitar and some extra percussion. John Scott recorded a tenor flute in the spaces in Lennon's vocal track and an additional alto flute part, an octave higher than the first, on the last available track of the four-track machine.[3]

Performance in the film[edit]

In the film Help!, at the opening of the song, the head of the cult, Clang (Leo McKern), appears from underneath a manhole cover in the middle of Ailsa Avenue, London, where parts of the film were shot. He stays there for the whole song, which the Beatles play in Lennon's quarter of the Beatles' shared flat. The flute part of the song is performed by George's in-house gardener (who also trims his grass carpet with chattery teeth). They are watched by Ahme (Eleanor Bron), and at the end of the song, Harrison passes out after Ahme produces a giant needle for Starr, who is wearing the ring the cult is seeking.

Other studio tracks[edit]

There is a montage of the first two takes (both broken down), followed by a completed alternate version (Take 5), included on Anthology 2. Lennon counts off the song then stops to readjust his guitar pickup ("I'm just going to raise this so that it's nearer to the bass strings than the top string"). This is followed by the sound of a glass shattering on the floor, prompting John to teasingly sing: "Paul's broken a glass, broken a glass. Paul's broken a glass. A glass, a glass he's broke today" (In the background, Ringo plays the snare drum with wire brush drum sticks keeping in time with John's cadence). John also addresses Paul as "Macca", a nickname in England for someone who is of Irish descent and/or has "Mc" in their last name. "Oh, you ready, Macca?"

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Artists who have covered this song include the following, listed alphabetically:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Everett, Walter (2001). The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul. pp. 287-88. ISBN 9780195141047
  2. ^ Dowling, William J. (1989). Beatlesongs. New York: Simon & Schuster Inc. p. 554. ISBN 0-671-68229-6. 
  3. ^ Spitz, Bob (2005). The Beatles: The Biography. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-80352-9. 
  4. ^ "Kevin McHale News". Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "King's Singers: The Beatles Connection". AOL Music. AOL Inc. 
  6. ^ Peruse, Bernard (13 April 2012). "Concert review: Corky Laing and Greg Lake tell their stories". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Silkie Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 31 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 498. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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