Hide and Seek (Howard Jones song)

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"Hide and Seek"
Single by Howard Jones
from the album Human's Lib
Released February 2, 1984
Format vinyl record (7")(12")
Recorded 1983
Length 4:49
Label WEA
Songwriter(s) Howard Jones
Producer(s) Rupert Hine
Howard Jones singles chronology
"What Is Love"
(1983)
"Hide and Seek"
(1984)
"Pearl In The Shell"
(1984)
"What Is Love"
(1983)
"Hide and Seek"
(1984)
"Pearl In The Shell"
(1984)

"Hide and Seek" was the third single by musician Howard Jones. It was released in February 1984, and reached number 12 in the UK Singles Chart. It appears on Jones' album Human's Lib. Musically, the song is darker than other songs by Jones, featuring an eerie gothic-tinged sound that is comparable to dark ambient.

The B-sides, "Tao Te Ching" and "China Dance", are both instrumentals. All tracks were written by Jones.

Jones performed a solo acoustic version of the song at the 1985 Live Aid benefit concert. The track reached the top 5 in many countries including Ireland and has been covered by many artists, including a version by the band Gregorian on their fourth Masters of Chant album.

The theme of the song, is the story of the origin of the universe according to Buddhist, Advaita Vedanta (Hinduism) and other Eastern ontological philosophies. The original being manifests the universe and then 'loses' him/herself (Jones uses both, to defeat the duality of gender) in the creation, as part of a game of hide and seek, with the goal of life being to discover that one is nothing other than the original primordial being.

Track listing[edit]

7"

  1. "Hide & Seek" - 4:49
  2. "Tao Te Ching" - 3:52

12"

  1. "Hide & Seek (Long Version)" - 8:30
  2. "Tao Te Ching" - 3:52
  3. "China Dance" - 3:50

Limited Edition 10"

  1. "Hide & Seek (Concert Version)"
  2. "Hide & Seek" - 4:49
  3. "Tao Te Ching" - 3:52

A Limited Edition 10" picture disc was also released in the UK.

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