You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
|"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away"|
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
|"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.
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 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?"
- John Lennon – double-tracked vocal, 12-string acoustic guitar
- Paul McCartney – bass
- George Harrison – classical acoustic guitar
- Ringo Starr – brushed snare drum, tambourine, maracas
- John Scott – tenor and alto flutes
- Eddie Vedder from the Sean Penn 2001 film I Am Sam
- The Beach Boys covered the song in 1965 on their album Beach Boys' Party!. Beach Boys' Party! album got up to number 6 on the US Billboard 200 and all the way to number 3 in the UK.
- Jan & Dean on their album Filet of Soul from 1966.
- 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.
- Enuff Z'nuff on the Japanese release of 1985.
- Oasis, as a bonus track on the deluxe edition reissue of their album (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (Remastered) from 2014.
- The Kentucky Headhunters covered the song in 1994 on their album The Best of The Kentucky Headhunters: Still Pickin'
- Waylon Jennings and the Waylors covered the song in 1967 on their album Love of the Common People
- The cast of Glee cast on their 2013 album Glee Sings the Beatles.
- Joe Cocker, notable for many Beatles covers, covered the song for his album Night Calls.
- Elvis Costello covered the song as the B-side of his 1994 single "You Tripped at Every Step."
- 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.
- "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.
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