You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"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(s) Lennon–McCartney
Producer(s) George Martin
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 similar to 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. A flute however replaces the harmonica that Dylan typically used.[3]

The song lyrics tell of an unrequited love and hidden feeling,[3] but some, such as singer Tom Robinson, have suggested that it was written for their manager Brian Epstein who had to hide his homosexuality from the public.[4][5] Lennon himself however never discussed the inspiration for the lyrics. When the song was first written, Lennon used "two-foot tall" to rhyme with the "wall" in the first verse, but mistakenly used "two-foot small" when he sang the line to McCartney, and decided to keep it this way. Pete Shotton, Lennon's former bandmate from The Quarrymen, was present when the song was being composed, and he suggested adding "Hey" to the start of the line in refrain.[3]

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.[6]

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 alternative 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 or has "Mc" in their last name. "Oh, you ready, Macca?"

Personnel[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

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. ^ a b c Stevens, John (October 2002). The Songs of John Lennon: The Beatles Years. Berklee Press Publications. pp. 112 – 120. ISBN 978-0634017957. 
  4. ^ Gary Graff, Daniel Durchholz (15 June 2012). Rock 'n' Roll Myths: The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Legendss=. Voyageur Press. p. 81. ISBN 978-0760342305. 
  5. ^ Kenneth Womack (30 June 2014). The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four: Everything Fab Four. Greenwood. p. 263. ISBN 9780313391729. 
  6. ^ Spitz, Bob (2005). The Beatles: The Biography. Boston: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-80352-9. 
  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. 
  9. ^ "Elvis Costello & The Attractions - You Tripped At Every Step". Discogs. 

External links[edit]