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"Hiding My Heart"
Adele21
Song by Adele
from the album 21
Released
January 24, 2011
Genre
Soul, country
Length
3:29
Label
XL Recordings
Writer(s)
Tim Hanseroth
Producer(s)
Rodaidh McDonald
21 track listing
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"Hiding My Heart" (sometimes referred to as "Hiding My Heart Away") is a song recorded by Adele for the UK limited edition release of her sophomore album, 21. It was originally recorded by Brandi Carlile for her album, The Story, in 2007. The song was written by Tim Hanseroth and produced by Rodaidh McDonald.[1] It was one of two bonus tracks released for the UK limited edition of the album, the other being "If It Hadn't Been for Love."  

Background and original versionEdit

"Hiding My Heart" is a song that is exactly 3 minutes and 28 seconds long. It was written in the key of C Major , according to MusicNotes.[2] It was written by Tim Hanseroth and was originally performed by Brandi Carlile as a hidden track on her album The Story in 2007.[3] Following this, Adele performed a cover of it and included it on some European extended editions of her album 21.

Before Adele covered it, she had revealed that the song made her very emotional, explaining that a friend of hers had exposed her to the song, and, "It's so cheesy, but I'm really relating to that song at the moment." She added that the song "really makes me cry."[4]

Cover Stories Edit

In February 2017, Brandi Carlile announced that she would be releasing a charity compilation album titled Cover Stories, whose proceeds would benefit War Child UK. Cover Stories includes Adele's version of "Hiding My Heart," which Carlile cited as the "original inspiration" for the album.[5] While recruiting artists for the album, Carlile made several efforts to reach Adele in hopes of gaining approval to use her version of "Hiding My Heart."[6] Shortly after covering Adele's "When We Were Young," Carlile revealed that Adele had given consent to use her version of the song for the album, completing the album.[7][8]

During promotion for the album, Carlile wrote about Adele's involvement with the project on her official Instagram account:

Adele is probably the only superstar in the world (apart from my beloved Elton John) who I would gladly get in a bar fight over should harsh words be spoken of her. She cuts right through the melodrama and the marketing and speaks to us all in a way that's so unfiltered. I know I'm not alone in feeling a little bit like she's 'friends with the world.' To add to this supernatural ability, she's gone and made the decision to use it for the good of all mankind by transferring this power into compassion for those without a voice. She has my respect and admiration... she has the ability to remind us all of our home and our school friends—perhaps these are things when considering a childhood in a refugee camp we simply can't afford to take for granted.[9]

Live performances Edit

On May 5, 2009 (Adele's birthday), Adele performed "Hiding My Heart" at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City for her An Evening with Adele tour.[10]

Credits Edit

Personnel[11][12]

  • Adele – vocals
  • Tim Hanseroth – songwriting
  • Ben Thomas – guitar
  • Rodaidh McDonald – producer, mixer

LyricsEdit

This is how the story went:
I met someone by accident
Who blew me away, blew me away
And it was in the darkest of my days
When you took my sorrow and you took my pain
And buried them away, buried them away...

I wish I could lay down beside you when the day is done
And wake up to your face against the morning sun
But like everything I've ever known, you'll disappear one day
So I spend my whole life hiding my heart away

Dropped you off at the train station
Put a kiss on top of your head
And watched you wave, and watched you wave
Then I went on home to my skyscrapers
Neon lights and waiting papers
That I call home, I call that home

I wish I could lay down beside you when the day is done
And wake up to your face against the morning sun
But like everything I've ever known, you'll disappear one day
So I spend my whole life hiding my heart away
Away, yeah...

Woke up feeling heavyhearted
I'm going back to where I started
The morning rain, the morning rain
And though I wish that you were here
On that same old road that brought me here
It's calling me home, it's calling me home

I wish I could lay down beside you when the day is done
And wake up to your face against the morning sun
But like everything I've ever known, you'll disappear one day
So I'll spend my whole life hiding my heart away
I can't spend my whole life hiding my heart away

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/21_(Adele_album)#Track_listing
  2. http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0098169
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_(Brandi_Carlile_album)#Track_listing
  4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvFdhicwvb8
  5. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/brandi-carlile-enlists-pearl-jam-adele-for-cover-stories-w467911
  6. https://www.instagram.com/p/BPN0VkvlyW0/
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzlHHEkLTtA
  8. https://www.instagram.com/p/BP9EcU8FlU2/
  9. https://www.instagram.com/p/BRJ10KdhmyK/
  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2aejXvMGbM
  11. https://www.discogs.com/Adele-21/release/5420863
  12. https://www.discogs.com/Adele-21/release/2665297

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