You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
|"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"|
|Song by the Beatles from the album Help!|
|Released||6 August 1965 (mono and stereo)|
|Recorded||18 February 1965,
EMI Studios, London
|Help! track listing|
|"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"|
|Single by The Silkie|
|from the album You've Got to Hide Your Love Away|
|The Silkie singles chronology|
Composition and recording
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!. The song "is just basically John doing Dylan", Paul McCartney confirmed.
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.
When Lennon made a mistake during the recording, singing "two foot small" instead of "two foot tall", he is reported to have said: "Let's leave that in, actually. All those pseuds will really love it."
Performance in the film
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
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?"
- John Lennon – double-tracked vocal, twelve-string acoustic guitar
- Paul McCartney – bass
- George Harrison – acoustic guitar
- Ringo Starr – tambourine, maracas
- John Scott – tenor and alto flutes
Artists who have covered this song include the following, listed alphabetically:
- The Beach Boys, on their Beach Boys' Party! album, with the lead vocal by Dennis Wilson.
- The Beau Brummels on their album Beau Brummels '66.
- Jackson Browne at the 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute
- Joe Cocker
- Chris Cornell
- Elvis Costello
- Howie Day, with Dispatch.
- Bill Frisell
- Enuff Z'nuff on their album 1985.
- Jan & Dean on their album Filet of Soul from 1966.
- Glee cast's Kevin McHale (who portrayed as Artie Abrams) and Becca Tobin (as Kitty Wilde) covered the song for the series' fifth season episode Love Love Love and later featured on their soundtrack album Glee Sings the Beatles.
- Gov't Mule
- The Grass Roots on their first album Where Were You When I Needed You (1966).
- Waylon Jennings
- Daniel Johnston (Live shows)
- The Kentucky Headhunters
- King's Singers on their album The Beatles Connection.
- Kramer on the album Songs from the Pink Death.
- Greg Lake, on his 2012 Songs of a Lifetime tour
- Sean Lennon
- Gary Lewis and the Playboys
- John Levene on his album The Ballads of Sergeant Benton
- Mumford and Sons on Saturday Night Live 22 September 2012
- Oasis, as a B-side.
- John Pizzarelli, in his album John Pizzarelli Meets The Beatles (1998)
- Perry Rose
- Phil Lesh & Friends at Vegoose Music Festival on 10/29/2005.
- Tim Rose
- The Silkie, produced by the Beatles. Their version peaked at #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #28 on the UK Singles Chart.
- The Subways
- Type O Negative, Peter Steele performed the song live, solo, on bass and vocals while on tour supporting Dead Again.
- U2 has performed a snippet of the song during various tours, usually towards the end of the song "Bad".
- Eddie Vedder, on the movie soundtrack of I Am Sam, also popular during Pearl Jam concerts.
- Julieta Venegas
- Ronnie Von
- Everett, Walter (2001). The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul. pp. 287-88. ISBN 9780195141047
- Dowling, William J. (1989). Beatlesongs. New York: Simon & Schuster Inc. p. 554. ISBN 0-671-68229-6.
- Spitz, Bob (2005). The Beatles: The Biography. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-80352-9.
- "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away". The Beatles Bible. 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
- "Kevin McHale News". Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- "King's Singers: The Beatles Connection". AOL Music. AOL Inc.
- Peruse, Bernard (13 April 2012). "Concert review: Corky Laing and Greg Lake tell their stories". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- "The Silkie Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 31 May 2011.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 498. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.