The Beatles -- ‘Youve Got To Hide Your Love Away’

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (2.11)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar; Paul McCartney: Acoustic guitar; George Harrison: Acoustic guitar; Ringo Starr: Maracas, shaker, tambourine; Alto flute: Johnnie Scott; Tenor flute: Johnnie Scott

Tony Bramwell suggested that this song might be about Brian Epstein… warning him to keep his homosexuality a secret (because it was still illegal in 1965). He even went so far as to call it the “first gay love song”. But it is much more likely to be about one of John’s numerous affairs.

John spoke about this period in a lengthy interview for ‘Rolling Stone’. “I was in Kenwood and I was just song writing,” he said. “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…’ I started thinking about my own emotions – I don’t know when it started exactly, like ‘I’m A Loser’ and ‘You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away’, those kind of songs – I was trying to express what I felt about myself like I’d …

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