You've Got to Hide Your Love Away (2:07)

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“You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” is a song by The Beatles. It was written and sung by John Lennon (credited to Lennon/McCartney) and released on the album Help! in August 1965.
The song shows the influence of the American singer Bob Dylan. The song “is just basically John doing Dylan”, McCartney later said. Lennon seems to mimic Dylan’s gruff vocal style: 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 lyrics of Dylan’s 1964 song “I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Have Never Met)” open with a strikingly similar image: “I can’t understand, she let go of my hand, and left me here facing the wall”, as compared with Lennon’s “Here I stand head in hand, turn my face to the wall”.

“You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” was the first Beatles song to feature an outside musician (apart from “Love Me Do”, the group’s first EMI recording, in which producer George Martin had engaged a session drummer to substitute for the then-untried Ringo Starr). The basic rhythm track was recorded first, followed by 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, in harmony with the first, on the last available track of the four-track machine.


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  • jennica_med_c

    Definitely one of my top five favorite Beatles songs. [7] Lennon's voice was simply incredible, this song is one of his best vocal performances. [2]

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
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  • silversurfer250

    It was rumored that this was the first gay rock song, a message to Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who was gay. In the part of The Beatles Anthology, that covers Epstein's death, this song is played, giving credence to the idea that this song was indeed a song about hiding one's homosexuality.

    1 Apr 2014 Reply
  • jerrikha

    Definitely one of my top five favorite Beatles songs. [6]

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Nakkinak

    this song is about closet homosexuals during the anti-homo laws in GB, sad as fuck

    3 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ruinedtwo

    Eddie Vedder?!?!? Please...he couldn't hold John Lennon's microphone.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    If Bob Dylan could sing, it would sound like this haha...

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • countryrebel51

    The Silkie???

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • countryrebel51

    During the Beatles' "Fat Dylan" period!!!

    6 Mar 2013 Reply
  • randorolian

    Lennon's voice was simply incredible, this song is one of his best vocal performances.

    3 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Terence_Hill


    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ItsAllintheMind

    Favourite ♥

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
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  • MIKEH3875

    definitely one of their best

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • prinlm

    Mumford & Sons on Saturday Night Live :)

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • XamaraJonas

    Such a lovley song. I love The Beatles :)

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • KingsAndQueen

    Chris Cornell's version reminded me of how good this is. Love both versions equally.

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • plans422

    I remember being a little kid and my parents had a bunch of friends over in my backyard and they were listening to this song and I could hear "heyyy!!! you've got to hide your love away" from inside the house. good stuff.

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
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