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Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, & Kris Kristofferson Pay Tribute To John Lennon

Willie nelson Songs | Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, & Kris Kristofferson Pay Tribute To John Lennon | Country Music Videos
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John Lennon would have celebrated his 75th birthday in October if he were still alive today. In honor of the legendary singer, many of the music industry's greatest artists joined forces in a special concert called Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert

Country music was well-represented at the concert, especially in a performance by three of the biggest names in the genre, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the year, Chris Stapleton.

The trio came together on stage to perform The Beatles tune, "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," in a performance truly worth remembering.

"You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" was written by Lennon himself, and appeared on the band's 1965 album Help!, also  making an appearance in a film with the same name as the album. In a book called Beatlesongs by William Dowling, Lennon's bandmate Paul McCartney said that Lennon wrote the song during his "Dylan period," a time that he drew a lot of inspiration from folk singer Bob Dylan

Considering the song's original folksy feel, it really is the perfect fit for Nelson, Kristofferson, and Stapleton. For the trio's performance of the song, Stapleton sings lead vocals, while Nelson and Kristofferson provide the harmonies.

Their performance stays true to the Beatles' version of the song, which featured few instrumentals and gave Lennon's voice the chance to shine as the only one who sings on the track.

The same is the case for the country trio's performance, with Stapleton's voice breaking out above the instrumentals. Of course, Nelson and Kristofferson's harmonies add something special to the song, making it truly unique.

You can watch Nelson, Kristofferson, and Stapleton's tribute to Lennon with "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," in the video below.

We'd say this is a performance that Lennon would have been proud to watch!


Here I stand head in hand
Turn my face to the wall
If she's gone I can't go on
Feeling 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 you've got to hide your love away

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
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

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