You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
- John Lennon – double-tracked vocal, twelve-string acoustic guitar
- Paul McCartney – bass
- George Harrison – acoustic guitar
- Ringo Starr – tambourine, maracas
- John Scott – tenor and alto flutes
Lennon wrote You've Got to Hide Your Love Away late in 1964. Many believe the inspiration for this song came from the Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, whose homosexuality had to be kept hidden in light of prevailing social prejudices. Others feel the song was the result of an extra-marital affair of Lennon's. Either way, it is certainly autobiographical. This is the first instance of all the Beatles playing acoustic instruments. As a result, in the chorus, Harrison's guitar interplay with Lennon's voice is a bit hard to discern. Lennon played a 12-string, and McCartney played 6-string rhythm. The signature "Hey" at the beginning of the verses was a studio afterthought, suggested during the recording session by long-time friend of John's, Pete Shotton. Flautist Johnnie Scott appears in this number with a brief solo. It is the first "outside" musician to play with the Beatles (other than Martin) since Love Me Do.
February 18, 1965 in 9 takes, many of them overdub tracks.