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Beatles: You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Meaning

Song Released: 1965


You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Lyrics

Here I stand head in hand
Turn my face to the wall
If she’s gone I can’t go on
Feelin’ 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...

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    anonymous
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    Dec 25th, 2006 12:59am report


    "here I stand head in hand
    turn my face to the wall
    if she's gone I can't go on
    feeling 2 foot small"

    obviously he's in love. He is sad, and moping around. "if she's gone", or if she doesn't love him or is with someone else, he "cant go on" or feels like he can't live his life without her. He feels "2 foot small", meaning he feels unimportant without her love, or compared to whoever she is with.

    "everywhere people stare
    each and every single day
    i can see them laugh at me
    and I hear them say
    hey you gotta hide your love away
    hey you gotta hide your love away"

    he knows he needs to hide his love, or make it less obvious. people laugh at him because the girl he loves is with someone else, as hinted to in the next verse. He doesn't really care that they laugh, and is ambivalent to it, when in the following chorus he says "gather 'round all you clowns let me hear you say..." she leaves him cold, and he doesn't care what everyone says

    "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"

    he wonders how he can try to hide his love when he is "hearing them" and "seeing them", meaning his love and whoever she is with. He is in a heartbroken "state", and cannot stand to see the 2 of them together. He wonders how she can either say or communicate to him that love will "find a way" when he is heartbroken and left cold and jealous. However, he is too sad and heartbroken for rage or anger, hence "head in hand" "turn my face to the wall".

    "gather 'round all you clowns let me hear you say
    hey you gotta hide your love away
    hey you gotta hide your love away"

    thank you. I hope this helped.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 8th, 2006 7:08am report


    "Here I stand head in hand
    Turn my face to the wall
    If she’s gone I can’t go on
    Feelin’ two-foot small"

    This song is all about a love that was never meant to be,
    obviously a crush on a girl that is unavailable, or was available, but was lost for one reason or another.

    "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 "

    This bit tells how everyone knows about his feelings, and think that he's foolish for hanging on to something for so long.

    "How could I even try
    I can never win
    Hearing them, seeing them
    In the state I’m in"

    He doesn't understand as to why he is holding on to this girl that is long gone, and is obviously depressed about the fact.

    "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"

    Here the girl is, as lightly as possible, telling him that things will never work out between them, but will eventually work out somehow or another. However, he still can't shake the fact that everything everyone has told him was totally right, and that he was wrong to love her in the first place.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 9th, 2013 9:02pm report


    He is in love with a slut everyone knows she's a slut that's why they are laughing and that's why you have to hide her away because she will sleep with others if you don't



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    anonymous
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    Feb 17th, 2013 2:00am report


    He has to hide his love away because she's ugly? WTF? How old are you



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    anonymous
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    Mar 29th, 2012 3:16am report


    This is so pathetic... The Beatles... the early Beatles... whose most deep song was Love Me Do... writing a song about Epstein's homosexuality... Come on! There is absolutely nothing hidden in this song but the guy's love for the girl as in every other song in that album, and the one before, and the one before. They're all songs about love. Nothing more, nothing less.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 29th, 2011 11:36am report


    No, no, no... Tom Robinson ("Glad To Be Gay") started the speculation about this song being a paean to Brian Epstein. IT IS NOT. There has been no word, deed or hint by anyone in the know that this song is about Brian. Long after "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" finally stopped being part of the rumor mill, people persist in keeping up this tired old chestnut. Give it up.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 7th, 2011 7:34pm report


    There times when we are too quick to demonstrate our love because of the crush we have on that someone. This is obvious to our friends after it occurs several times. Upon failure, the person invites the friends (clowns) to gather round so that the proclamation of past advice can be heard again. One must learn to slowly let their love be known to the other without pressure and to hide the rushing love away until the proper time, lest we push away the object of our love forever.



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    Sara A. Rodgers
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    Jun 10th, 2011 6:06am report


    I read that it was about a short love affair between John Lennon and Brian Epstien, as well--years and years ago. It was in a biography about John--"Lennon", I think.

    I think John loved Brian too, even if not in that way--still, our man John WAS a strange ducky, and... I can see him loving him (he did love a few people, you know, like we all did or do... it is possible).

    I fear (and I am not alone in this) that Brian killed himself over his (I believe pretty well documented--and, SO easy to understand!) love of John, or shame of what might've happened concerning him, or maybe only the seeings-of-John-with-Cynthia/Girls/Yoko.
    --This *would* explain why (if this and/or other pseudo-biographies are true) Johnny (
    John was special... he was Open and he was Passionate.
    ...And I know darned tootin' that I know lots and lots (and lots) of people who have had at least one (or more) measly same-sex experience!

    And So Do YOU monkeys -thwap-!

    Honestly--quit marking these well-written, well-thought-out, and actually-EDUCATED (!) opinions as "poor comments"--they aren't 'poor' just because you are a WEE BIT homophobic, m'KAY?
    And, in this case?... it's quite likely true that a homosexual (GAsP nO zOmG WhAI), er, 'situation' transpired.

    At least, it's true that this rumor-or-fact WAS written about IN a Lennon biography!!

    lol... phew. Sorry, I get to yellen about me JOHN.

    Bless your soul John... god, I miss you... (sometimes I say to a friend, "I miss John," as if I knew him! funny. another life... I believe it.:)).
    <3.
    P.S.~ HEY! Maybe I was Brian! -delighted- =D
    and...
    P.P.S.~ Hey... am I really the only one who thinks it's sweet? John giving poor Brian some love? :'(...<3...



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    anonymous
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    May 31st, 2011 5:28pm report


    You guys are morons. The song is about his penis. Stop your fantasies, the Beatles were musical geniuses who laughed at their fans while they did drugs.

    He cannot deal with his temptations to have sex, and people keep proving him wrong. He has to sleep with other women.



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    anonymous
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    May 29th, 2011 5:36pm report


    My interpretation of this song(and I don't care if it is correct or not because it seems to work is,) it is about the ignorance of people in society who go around playing their roles without seeking the higher truth that is "love." And that put's a lot of pressure on the person who just wants to stay in a state of love to go down and act like a stupid fool like others in society. In other words, it is hard to be in a state of enlightenment and stay there without being laughed at and being considered weird. ( :



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    anonymous
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    Apr 17th, 2011 4:10am report


    The songs about hiding your feelings and not acting the fool. Some things were not meant to be. Some love is not always what we hope for.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 8th, 2011 1:20am report


    to anony on Feb 10th of '09. (Chist is it already 2011)
    This is why the Beatles will surpass the ages, or be "timeless".
    This is the ultimate stalker song, dependent on the mindset of the listener.
    Please don't get me wrong, I am not trying to pass judgment, mainly because I am too guilty of this on several counts, but following this song is about the love that has got away, or mainly never was, and are hoping for a chance at, or realizing, that there was no hope in the first place.
    Trust me, I am guilty of this. Much time has passed in your situation, so the game has probably been played out and you already know the ending. I hope the best but realize what is... is.

    Even as a good friend of hers (hoping)...
    "how could she says to me 'love will find a way'", as she tries to hook me up with her cousin. - just a reference.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 4th, 2011 1:55am report


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    anonymous
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    Dec 27th, 2010 12:47am report


    I think the girl is ugly, but he still loves her which is why people are laughing, and staring.
    "Here I stand head in hand
    Turn my face to the wall"
    I think that means his hands are tied, ad he doesn't know what to do.

    "If she’s gone I can’t go on
    Feelin’ two-foot small"
    I think this means, he likes her, and if he breaks up with her he'll "feel 2 feet 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"
    I think this means, she's ugly, and people are laughing at him, and they're telling him to hide his love beacuse she ugly

    "How could I even try
    I can never win
    Hearing them, seeing them
    In the state I’m in"
    He doesn't know what to do, and the weak state he is, he desn't know if he's going to make the right decision

    "How could she say to me
    Love will find a way"
    She says it will all work out, but he's fed up with the laughter, and he's not to sure it'll 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"
    This is his acceptance of his love, and he's saying he can hear your laughter and your teasing, and he wouldn't care because he loves his girl



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    anonymous
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    Dec 18th, 2009 12:38am report


    Apparently, the Epstein theory about this song is correct.
    Brian Epstein faced a lot of grief facing his family (and even a disciplinary incident during military service) because of his homosexuality. By the time this song was written, Brian had a major crush on John. John apparently had to push back on Epstein's passes, but took pity and gave in to, uh, doing a particular sex act with Epstein (HJ). Epstein, who was proper to a fault, became quite embarrased after the fact, and apologized profusely to John. John then wrote this song, using Brian's perspective. Obviously, "she" was not a she, but a he.



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    bgnagain
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    Jul 18th, 2009 7:32am report


    Exactly. The price of fame is your life is an open book but toBECOME a famous pop (rock) star in the 60's, you were single or you weren't signed, and any relationship was hidden.
    I'm sure John and Brian discussed the problem since they both related to it, but the song wasn't about Brian, he and Brian both shared a source of pain and annoyance so he wrote a song about that problem, not a particular person.

    I think.



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    anonymous
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    May 12th, 2009 5:12pm report


    When the Beatles were hitting it big Brian told them that the Beatles have to appear available to the screaming girls that worshipped the ground they walked on. In saying that Brian may have had an ulterier motive - to keep Cyn away so he could have John to himself but that is just a theory.

    Basically he is singing about love - CYNTHIA. Especially as Julian was born around this time. I feel that hes saying that he hates that he has to pretend hes single (you and I both know thats not true lol his "parties" are legendary) but what hes trying to say to her is that he hates hurtign her and hes sorry.

    "Gather round all you clowns" - the clowns are business people that he resented, the media that he knew he had to keep happy and girls that thought they could have him.

    I beleive that this is his reaction to being told what to do - even if it beniffited him in more ways than one!!



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