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You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
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19 June 2015
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I spent some time thinking about the disconnect I feel between the verses and the chorus of this song. If a friend told you that the person he is in love with has ditched him, you wouldn’t tell him to hide his love away – ie suppress it. At least I don’t think you would. You would tell him to build a bridge and get over it and move on with life. Right? Or am I missing something here?

19 June 2015
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John is the one who hears them say “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away ” and then asks them to say it in verse 2.

Everywhere people stare
Each and every day
I can see them laugh at me
And I hear them say

and 

How could she say to me
Love will find a way
Gather round all you clowns
Let me hear you say

Its coming from him, he’s placing the suppression upon himself, self-inflicted comments; the kind you think and say to yourself when you are down.

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19 June 2015
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If he didn’t write the song about Mr. Epstein, it’s possible that he wrote the song about himself and his own gay leanings.

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20 June 2015
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Expert Textpert said
If he didn’t write the song about Mr. Epstein, it’s possible that he wrote the song about himself and his own gay leanings.

Perhaps; but it would be as poignant (if not more so) to interpret the song’s meaning as a man who is being pressured by voices outside, and within, to try to deny the love he feels (for some woman) because she doesn’t love him anymore — or because the love is not able to be realized, for various frustrating reasons we all know (alas) all too well…

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I shall try to describe what I thought about while listening to this song yesterday. Hope this paints the picture I am aiming for.

The song sounds (not the words but the swinging of the voice and the “roughness/hoarseness” of the voice) like a sailor, or sailors, singing. Like a sailor swagger. Like a drunk sailor in port at Liverpool. Or like a group of people at Oktoberfest in Munich.

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Is there any documentation regarding the monumental decision to add flutes to the song? (ie. was it more John’s or GM’s idea?) So much has been written/spoken about the addition of a string quartet to “Yesterday “, and yet I’ve seen almost nothing regarding this earliest employment of a session musician…

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You’ve got to Hide.etc Looking through my ‘Complete Recordings’ which is out on my coffee table right now….

18th Feb ’65……1 afternoon…….9 takes, only two complete. No electrical instruments on it.

‘Notable for being only the 2nd time an outside musician played on a Beatles track. Johnnie Scott was brought in for the ‘preconceived purpose’. He was told to play in 3/4 time and he plays two flutes (tenor and alto). 

No reference on who’s idea it was…….Scott was an arranger and worked with Cilla Black so it sort of suggests George Martin. That the idea was preconceived is telling……Perhaps John didn’t want to sound too Dylan and thought a harmonica break would have suggested just that.

Wiki is no more help.

You’re right in that there’s loads of stuff about Yesterday ……..But this ‘first’ (not counting Andy White’s drums on Love Me Do ……Goes unremarked.

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