Song Lyric Sunday — Hide Your Love Away

I suspect I’m not going to be the only one to use the song, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” by the Beatles for today’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt from Helen Vahdati. Her theme is “hide/hiding/hidden.”

“You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” was written and sung by John Lennon (writing credit Lennon-McCartney) and released on the album Help! in August 1965.

John Lennon said that he had been just knocking out pop songs at his home in Kenwood at the time, without expressing his own personal emotions to any great extent. “The period would be for songwriting,” he said, “and so every day I would attempt to write a song and it’s one of those that you sort of sing a bit sadly to yourself, ‘Here I stand, head in hand….’”

Bob Dylan was beginning to have a big influence on his songwriting around the time he wrote the song. “I started thinking about my own emotions and instead of projecting myself into a situation, I would just try to express what I felt about myself.” Although Lennon never discussed the inspiration for the lyrics, it seems to tell the story of an unrequited love and hidden feelings. Some have suggested that it was written about their manager Brian Epstein, who had to hide his homosexuality from the public.

Here are the 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

17 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Hide Your Love Away

  1. J-Dub October 14, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Yes! First one I have seen so far. Classic, timeless, great share!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Mary B October 14, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    I thought others would use it as well, that’s why I kept digging deeper. Great song.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sight11 October 14, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    You love Beatles… I wonder about your favourite girl band and non-all girl band Of-course?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 14, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      I love Heart, with sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson. It’s a co-ed band.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Marleen October 14, 2018 / 11:07 pm

        One of my favorites too.

        And of course Beatles.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. unexpectedincommonhours October 14, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    I knew someone would pick this song! I almost did but decided instead to use the first one that popped into my head when I read the theme, “Tears of a Clown.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 14, 2018 / 9:44 pm

      That song, as well as “Tracks of My Tears,” are two of my favorite Smokey Robinson and the Miracles songs.

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      • leigha66 October 21, 2018 / 2:27 pm

        I do like the Beatles – was lucky enough to see Paul in concert once even. Only have two of their albums (Anthology and Sgt Pepper) and only really know the radio hits that get played all the time though. Thanks for broadening my horizon!

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