Monday, 11 February 2008

GLAAD Media Briefs -- September 24, 1993

by Al Kielwasser

Secrets Behind the Songs

Did you know that the Beatles 1965 hit "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" was a queer love ballad? So says reporter and pop culture critic Adam Block, in an essay in The People's Almanac Presents The Book of Lists: The 90s Edition, published by Little, Brown & Co. and due out this month. An excerpt from that essay also appears in the September 5th edition of Parade Magazine, a nation-wide supplement included in the Sunday editions of many newspapers.

John Lennon wrote "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" after spending a weekend with his gay manager, Brian Epstein. Block also reports that, according to lead singer Bono, the U2 song "One" is "about a boy with AIDS, addressing his father." All proceeds from the single's release went to AIDS charities. The lyric, in part, sings: "You act like you never had love/and you want me to go without/We're one, but we're not the same!/We've got to carry each other, carry each other. However, Block observes that "shorn of its context, few have heard the song as the singer did."

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