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Old Apr 05, 2004, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default You\'ve Got to Hide Yur Love Away

Has it ever been confirmed that You've Got to Hide Your Love Away is about homosexuality? I've always assumed it was and yet I can't remember John or any of the others stating that it was. In the Anthology, it's the song that plays over the montage of shots remembering Brian but other than this I'm not sure if I'm seeing more into things than actually exists.
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Old Apr 05, 2004, 05:51 PM   #2
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Tony Bramwell said that it was written for Brian Epstein, warning him to keep his homosexual relationships (which, at the time, were illegal in Britain) from public view. I don't remember John saying this, but I think it's true. It has a strong Dylan influence, though.
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Old Apr 05, 2004, 06:42 PM   #3
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I never thought of it really. Makes sense though
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Old Apr 05, 2004, 06:51 PM   #4
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I've read that before in some Beatley book... It seems logical enough, but who knows!

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Old Apr 06, 2004, 01:43 PM   #5
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I don't think there's ever a way to "confirm" what a song really means, unless the writer creates some huge book pinpointing every single line word for word, or he/she says over and over "this song is about ____".

It can mean whatever you want it to, or it couldn't. I'd say that YGTHYLA could be about homosexuality, but I'm not basing that on any confirmation.

John was ambiguous about a great many things-written, sung, spoken, etc. He has songs that could have 3 or 4 different meanings.

Interpreting art is an art in itself.lol!
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Old Apr 06, 2004, 02:24 PM   #6
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I never heard that it had to do with Homosexuality....but i guess i wouldnt be surprised if it was...
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Old Apr 11, 2004, 05:03 PM   #7
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I never thought of it really. Makes sense though

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I didn't thought of it too. But, as you say, it really make sense.
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Old Apr 11, 2004, 08:22 PM   #8
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I dont think the homosexuality thing holds water..I hear it as John singing about a boy/girl love breakdown/tiff,he had probably had a fight with his wife,the touring/being away from home is well documented as being a strain on the marriage.
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Old Apr 12, 2004, 07:21 AM   #9
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I think it was probably a mixture of things. John may have been thinking about Brian and some other elements too. It is nice to think about it as being about Brian though, and I thinks its more or less universally understood to be about him.
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Old Apr 12, 2004, 09:50 AM   #10
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Well, there is no proof that it was written about Brian at all. John never said anything like that. So it is all just specualtion and no one person knows more than any other at this point (unless it was something John specificaly told them). I tend to think of the song in the context of when it was written-around the same general time of Help, etc. I think it is just John in his somewhat down mood he seemed to be in around that time. But who knows. It could be about Brian afterall, but I don't think we'll ever know the answer to that one..
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 10:38 AM   #11
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Miss O'Dell Posted:
I think it was probably a mixture of things.

[/ QUOTE ] I really like this song and didnt think of it like that, but i agree that it probably means a number of messages.
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 02:34 PM   #12
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i like the song also, and i agree with admrlhalsey as well. John had a tremendous gift for understatement which is clearly evident on almost everything he touched. Plus the song practically bleeds loneliness, heartbreak and sorrow, so i find it hard to believe that John would oversimplify a very complex set or range of human emotions, especially about love, in it's many forms and fashions. But it is something to think about.
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Old Apr 13, 2004, 05:14 PM   #13
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Well, remember, in the "Anthology", "Love Away" is played over a montage of Epstein scenes. However, I thought it was partially about Johns ongoing affairs on the road. Seeing as both men are gone, its hard to speculate, but that song being where it was in the videos possibly points to an answer.
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Old Apr 25, 2004, 08:31 AM   #14
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I read about the homosexual suggestions. I really like the song, all acoustic with flutes and a fine weary-sounding Lennon vocal. I suppose it is a John song about confusion at love, but that doesn't mean it has to be homosexual. It could be about an affair with another woman, like "Norwegian Wood".
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