"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.
Composition and recording
The song shows the influence of the American singer Bob Dylan. The song "is just basically John doing Dylan", Paul McCartney later said.
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.
Musician/singer Tom Robinson connected the song's lyrics to Brian Epstein, the group's manager, who was a closeted homosexual (homosexuality was a criminal offence in Britain at the time).
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 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 an alternate take included on Anthology 2. Before the song 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. 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." He also addresses Paul as 'Macca', a nickname in England for someone who is of Irish descent and/or has 'Mc' in their last name.
Artists who have covered this song include the following, listed alphabetically:
- The Beach Boys, on their Beach Boys' Party! album, with the lead vocal by Dennis Wilson.
- The Beau Brummels on their album Beau Brummels '66.
- Joe Cocker
- Chris Cornell
- Elvis Costello
- Howie Day, with Dispatch.
- Gov't Mule
- The Grass Roots on their first album Where Were You When I Needed You (1966).
- Waylon Jennings
- Daniel Johnston (Live shows)
- The Kentucky Headhunters
- King's Singers on their album The Beatles Connection.
- Kramer on the album Songs from the Pink Death.
- Greg Lake, on his 2012 Songs of a Lifetime tour 
- Sean Lennon
- Gary Lewis and the Playboys
- Mumford and Sons on Saturday Night Live 22 September 2012
- Oasis, as a B-side.
- Perry Rose
- Tim Rose
- 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.
- The Subways
- Type O Negative, Peter Steele performed the song live, solo, on bass and vocals while on tour supporting "Dead Again (Type O Negative album)".
- U2 has performed a snippet of the song during various tours, usually towards the end of the song "Bad".
- Eddie Vedder, on the movie soundtrack of I Am Sam, also popular during Pearl Jam concerts.
- Julieta Venegas
- Ronnie Von