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You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Help! (Mono) Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1965
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

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

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?

From The Usenet Guide to Beatles Recording Variations:

  • [a] mono 20 Feb 1965.
    UK: Parlophone PMC 1255 Help! 1965.
  • [b] stereo 23 Feb 1965.
    UK: Parlophone PCS 3071 Help! 1965, Apple PCSP 717 The Beatles 1962-1966 1973.
    US: Capitol SMAS 2386 Help! 1965, Apple SKBO-3403 The Beatles 1962-1966 1973.
  • [b1] mono made from [b] 1965, by Capitol.
    US: Capitol MAS 2386 Help! 1965.
  • [c] stereo 1987.
    CD: EMI CDP 7 46439 2 Help! 1987, EMI CDP 7 97036 2 The Beatles 1962-1966 1993.

Last updated on March 16, 2016

Lyrics

Here I stand head in hand
Turn my face to the wall
If she's gone I can't go on
Feeling two-foot small

Everywhere people stare
Each and every day
I can see them laugh at me
And I hear them say

Hey, you've got to hide your love away
Hey, you've got to hide your love away

How can I even try?
I can never win
Hearing them, seeing them
In the state I'm in

How could she say to me
"Love will find a way"?
Gather round all you clowns
Let me hear you say

Hey, you've got to hide your love away
Hey, you've got to hide your love away

Officially appears on


Help! (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:09 • Studio versionA • Mono

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon:
12-string acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Johnnie Scott:
Alto flute, Tenor flute

Session Recording:
Feb 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 20, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Help! (Mono)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:12 • Studio versionB1 • Mono • Mono made from [B] by Capitol

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon:
12-string acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Johnnie Scott:
Alto flute, Tenor flute

Session Recording:
Feb 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 23, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Help! (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:12 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon:
12-string acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Johnnie Scott:
Alto flute, Tenor flute

Session Recording:
Feb 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 23, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Help! (Stereo)

Official album • Released in 1965

2:09 • Studio versionB • Stereo

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar
Ringo Starr:
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon:
12-string acoustic guitar, Vocals
George Harrison:
Acoustic guitar
George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer
Johnnie Scott:
Alto flute, Tenor flute

Session Recording:
Feb 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Feb 23, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road


Anthology 2

Official album • Released in 1996

2:45 • OuttakeC • Take 5. This is prefaced by some studio banter: John's "1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, hold on, hold on" count-in that is all there was of Take 1, and some "shattering" talk that preceded Take 2

George Martin:
Producer
Norman Smith:
Engineer

Session Recording:
Feb 18, 1965
Studio:
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Bootlegs


Complete Acetate Collection 1961-1970

Unofficial album

2:18 • Studio version


Help! - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

0:26 • Alternate take • You\'ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Take 1 Mono)


Help! - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

2:20 • Alternate take • You\'ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Take 5 Mono With Reverb)


Help! - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

2:19 • Alternate take • You\'ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Production Acetate Mono)


Help! - Studio Sessions - Back To Basics

Unofficial album • Released in 2011

2:09 • Alternate take • You\'ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Rs From Take 9 Version 1 Anthology Dvd Stereo)


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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