Composition and recordingEdit
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".Template:Citation needed
"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.
When Lennon made a mistake during the recording, singing "two foot small" instead of "two foot tall", he is reported to have said: "Let's leave that in, actually. All those pseuds will really love it."
Performance in the filmEdit
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 fourth 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, George Harrison passes out after Ahme produces a giant needle for Ringo Starr, who is wearing the ring the cult is seeking.
Other studio tracksEdit
There is an alternative take included on Anthology II. Before the song proper begins, a montage of chatter associated with several other takes is presented. In this sequence, Lennon counts off the song, then stops to readjust his guitar pickup.Template:Citation needed After a glass shatters, Lennon sings "Paul's broken a glass, broken a glass. Paul's broken a glass. A glass, a glass he's broke today."
- John Lennon — rhythm guitar, lead vocal
- Paul McCartney — Bass guitar
- George Harrison – lead guitar
- Ringo Starr — tambourine, maracas
- John Scott — flutes
- This is the first time The Beatles had recruited outside session musicians to play instruments on a song.
Many consider Yesterday the first, as the strings are so obvious and was released on the same album as "Hide," but "Yesterday" was recorded nearly four months later.
- This was recorded at the same time filming Help!.
- ↑ Milton Okun, The Compleat Beatles Vol. 2, p. 32; cited in Bob Spitz, The Beatles, p. 554.
- ↑ "The Beatles Bible: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away". http://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/youve-got-to-hide-your-love-away/. Retrieved on 2008-11-29.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Dowling, William J. (1989) Beatlesongs. New York: Simon & Schuster Inc. ISBN 0-671-68229-6