Welcome to "Every Little Thing", a blog discussing all 214 songs released by the Beatles from 1962 to 1970....by Daniel Seth Levine.

Friday, January 22, 2010

#74: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

Written by: John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Released: August 6, 1965
Appears on: HELP!
Lead vocal: John

John's affection for Dylan is in full swing here. This is easily the best song that was featured in the film.
The love affair in the song is very Dylan-esque, where the girl is the one leaving the guy with an insult.
"How could she say to me, 'love will find a way'?" Then, the guy can only offer himself advice which is that he can't be so open with his love. Gather 'round all you clowns, let me hear you say-ay-ay: Hey! You've got to hide your love away! The song is very much like "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)". In fact listen to the first lines of the two songs and you'll see they're strikingly similar. 

The song is also the first song since the original version of "Love Me Do" to feature a musician outside of the Beatles. Film composer John Scott, who at the time was under an EMI contract to work with their top artists, played the flute part at the end of the song. 

On Beach Boys' Party!, The Beach Boys covered it, along with "I Should Have Known Better" and "Tell Me Why". That album's point was to get something out for the Christmas of 1965 while Brian Wilson was working on Pet Sounds. So, they just took a couple of days to make the first ever "Unplugged" album, recording their favorite songs of the day. Dennis Wilson, the 'wild' Wilson, sang the song beautifully on the album, but the silly party overdubs get in the way! 

"You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" was included on 1963-1966, but since it was never issued as a single, never appeared anywhere else. It did make it's way to that terrible Love Songs set in 1977.     

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