Hide Away and the Anti Social ⇒ Kirno Sohochari


Hide Away and the Anti social: Listener’s footnote
Counterculture expression of early and late sixties in 20th century was going to be a trademark in all over the globe. Political anarchy and social unrest motivated a majority of people to be seditious against the state and social contrast of that time. Life of sixties and early seventies were excited and enticed by the severe war, movement for colonial independence, student’s rebellion and a lot. It was the time of contradiction between ism, such as “idealism vs. nihilism, socialism vs. individualism, spiritualism vs. materialism” and so on.

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The conveyors of particular ism motivated them to be iconoclast against the status quo’s of opposite ism. Everybody of that time inwardly kept his personal anger to deny the opposite. This denial panorama provoked them to explode their anger against the lustful desire of capitalism in all over the world. Especially the youths of that time drowned into the conflicts between hope and hopeless melancholy. Because of this melancholic syndrome, an anti-establishment escapism rapidly gained popularity among them. The photographic scenario of sixties was complicated for the duality that no uniformity was apparently present there.

A significant number of youths were fighting for freedom in several corners of the globe, whereas many of them were fighting and dreaming to reconstruct the society again in light of Marxist and Maoist ideology. On the opposite, another significant numbers of youths lost their faith in western lifestyle. They started to treat them a renegade among the bourgeois and be the defector among socialist. These youths were growing rapidly by a number of millions and soon came down in the street to express their denial of ism and political ideology.


We have no space of hiding ourselves but it indeed necessary to hide you from the materialistic burden of life.


They started to discover them in mystic and spiritual meditation to escape the hideous reality of Vietnam War, colonial rebellion, state violence and surplus consumption of capitalist society. These lavishly brought up youths started to wear jeans (this garment was a branded trademark for factory workers), separated them by long hairstyle (and Jesus-like beard for man) and they started to taking psychedelic drug to purify their wounded soul. They believed themselves deeply fractured by the lavish ambition of lifeless moneymaking machine and started to believe that, only a deep spiritual meditation against the travesty of bourgeois life style could be inhale them to take the burden of societal rules and state hegemony.

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The sixth and seventh decade of last century in west was booming by the contradiction that, if there is no hope to live a hopeful life then it would better to fly on psychedelic pleasure, better to fly on the oriental sunshine, where the meaning of life could perhaps existed even. Irony of this melancholic hope was that their dreamland (the orient) was suffering by poverty, injustice, subjugation and severe war on that time. Psychedelic hope is like to stay impartial about all these mundane sufferings of life, instead of, this hope considered it to test the celestial spirituality by traveling on oriental realms and drowning them in psychedelic meditation (with LSDHashishCannabis etc.) beside the Himalayan temples to fly high.

Anyway, the world was witness an unprecedented showdown in USA. A Billion of people in all over the world was seeing that millions of Hippie is marching in New York’s street and joining Woodstock Music Festival to deny the lavish life they have. Many people of that time were strange to think that, these youths are indeed marching to refuse the surpluses but not rebellious to destroy state-machineries, which is the main derivative of this artificial mundane of life. Yes, it was not a rebellion and not an alternative at all; instead of it was a yell that millions of youth are ready to fly high for underground activism, they are ready to fuck the psychedelic rock, and be prepared to destroy their bodily existence by spiritual meditation for eternal peace.


It seems contradictory according to his “be unsatisfied” perspective, but we need to remember that antagonist are always in everywhere is contradictory.


Why the vibrant youths of late sixties provoked them to take such a decision? Why they inspired to destroy their bodied existence by drowning them into psychedelic pleasure? Answer could be many here in sociopolitical aspect, but the easiest answer is, —this youthful generation was shocked and dejected to feel that this lavish life makes them more meaningless ever than before, where they bound to generate the wheel of artificial demand-chain of an ambitious society, if they wanted to survive there.

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Life was not natural in west after massive holocaust of Second World War. The purpose of humanity questioned by the purpose of utility, as Sartre dissected it in his philosophical essays and literature, as Albert Camus treated him as a stranger in this strange artificiality. Youth’s heart fractured by a sudden pain and they failed to call it by name. The fruity youth of late sixties was stands on an edge that could be call by the name “nowhere”. These youthful boys were seeing them battling with the shadows. They were flying in the sky like a purposeless Guy and landing the ground by following the same manners. It was the time to make a film like “Weekend” or “La Chinoise” and time to filming “Zabriskie Point”.

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Frenchman Godard was shooting his films with lot of anger, whereas Italian Michelangelo Antonioni doing the same job in a placid raged. He looked tranquil on this shaky moment of history. “Zabriskie Point” was one of the most unpleasant films on that time, made by the most placid mind of cinema, whose visual style silently told many things and could compare only by Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirō Ozu‘s striking style and philosophy. He was placidly filming the relentless antisocial “aimless flight” in the sky, so that the film could signal something about the hidden rage, monotony and denial resting now in Euro-American sub-culture.


It is a hardship effort to static on the underground ideology as an antagonist to… protest, deny and demise everything that is conventional and hegemonic.


Readers, I said all this due to the song I listened hundreds times even to memorize the history of that particular sixties and seventies. I said all this to remember the catchy moment of this particular song, which is drives me to think about the “aim of life”, “destiny of life” and thrown me into the quest, —“philosophy of life” particularly.

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Yes, today’s post is my tribute to a most topical song “Hide Away” (number 5 of Goddess in the Doorway album) and the singer Mick Jagger too, for his meaningful contribution in western music. Albeit the song is almost recent (composed in year 2001) but its rhythmic style, melodious howling and philosophic reflections reminds the beginning moment of Mick, when he was psychedelic to mimicking the vagueness of mechanized life in his own style.

Yes, the time I mentioned here, was the time to going down “Like a rolling stone”. Bob Dylan, the typical folksinger charged by the rage of that time and changed his identity as a rock howler. Because he was bound to yell the song “Like a rolling stone”, and bound to sing:

“So many roads, so much as stake/ So many dead ends, I’m the edge of the lake/ Sometimes I wonder what it’s gonna take/To find dignity.” (Dignity: Complete Lyrics)

Dylan’s husky voice was rapidly turning onto a rock style buzzer. His transformation was indeed a signal to the young and the influence was tremendous. This is the time of “Beatles”. The wave of England was moving over Atlantic and soon spread to the entire globe. Mick Jagger and his band “The Rolling Stones” immediately follow the “Beatles” and announcing their identity over Pacific and Atlantic Ocean.


… he maybe an elite and maybe the middle classed middleman, whose clock never failed to remember the punctuality, because he is satisfied to follow the punctuality.


Readers, I have nothing new to say anymore about “The Rolling Stones”. They have already marked by western listeners and music critics. Mick and his gang treated as “Anti Socialist” on those days of unrest, because their music reflects something like anti elements with satire. He is an inborn stubborn and “The Rolling Stones” was cynical to the routine life of those days as like the western youth. The hypocrisy of societal hive motivated the band members to tune their voice by sarcasm. They always play any song bit funny, so that the irony of the song pinches like a needle in listeners mind.

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We should remember that Mick and his band was not alone in this scenario. “The Rolling Stones” silently influenced by the temporaries, such as the British Band “The Kinks”. Their popular number “A Well Respected Man” in mid sixties deeply influenced Mick and many other band to criticize the imitating life style of British elite and middle class people.

The name of the song itself reflects the irony that “A Well Respected Man” means a well-dressed punctuality, he maybe an elite and maybe the middle classed middleman, whose clock never failed to remember the punctuality, because he is satisfied to follow the punctuality. He could be satisfied but this man is a subject for The Kinks (and be the Mick’s buddies) to make the definition of “A Well Respected Man” under “Punctual Satisfaction”, and the band (Kinks) played:

And he’s oh so good
And he’s oh so fine
And he’s oh so healthy
In his body and his mind
He’s a well respected man about town
Doing the best things so conservatively.

‘Cause he gets up every morning
And he goes to work at nine
And he comes back home at five thirty
Gets the same train every time
‘Cause his world is built on punctuality
It never fails. (A Well Respected Man: Complete Lyrics)

This song reflects the features of time, which made The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and many other as a commentator of irony and satire with a lot of fun. Mick and his band were reluctant to give concession to the elite and middle class bourgeois on those days. Their lyrics were skittish and hilarious and they liked to live on it, because it reflects the pain they have in their mind. “Hide Away” is the memorable reflection of pain existed in American youths and western lifestyle on that time, and even it is existed in present, —if we consider the today’s global lifestyle in light of this song.

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However, the sixties or seventies now part of history, and “Hide Away” is the song of beginning twenty-first century. Psychedelic Hippie culture is no more existed in the globe. Cultural antagonist of Hippie and Beat Generation are melting beyond over the scene despite their influence in youth-rage and anti-establishment anarchism. It is very hard to fight against the system that is sprouting in human mind by the thousands years journey to achieve the “Self Ownership” and “Self Authorized” hegemony in families, neighbors, citizens and even the state power. It is a hardship effort to static on the underground ideology as an antagonist to… protest, deny and demise everything that is conventional and hegemonic.


They were flying in the sky like a purposeless Guy and landing the ground by following the same manners. It was the time to make a film like “Weekend” or “La Chinoise” and time to filming “Zabriskie Point”.


Reasonable, Mick Jagger is not the same as he was in sixties, —satiric, prone to mock somebody, lustful on romanticism, rocks in style and with lots other significance. He already reaches his edge of life, but anybody is agreed with that this Guy is still vibrant with his wit and capacity of imitating the meaning of life.

“Hide Away” composed and recorded in July 2001. The song is a little proof that Mick Jagger not changed his objective anymore despite the many changes of globe and indeed his life. He is not ready to incline his head to the words that, “Enough is enough and let beheading you under the garments of satisfied compromise and lot.

However, the inborn stubborn is now titled as “Sir” and he received the title without any hesitation. It seems contradictory according to his “be unsatisfied” perspective, but we need to remember that antagonist are always in everywhere is contradictory. Mick is not exceptional to the contrast. He is truthful in his song, maybe not his life.

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Beat Allen Ginsberg stayed long time in Kolkata, traveling all over the India for searching peaceful harmony of life, but to the last the same man failed to resist his patience as an antagonist to protest State Surveillance. Once he wrote with great nauseate:

“America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing.
America two dollars and twenty-seven cents January 17, 1956.
I can’t stand my own mind.
America when will we end the human war?
Go fuck yourself with your atom bomb
I don’t feel good don’t bother me.” (America: Allen Ginsberg)

The same man was lobbying for Nobel Prize later (though I wanted to believe that it is a rumor).

Anyway, the uploaded song reflects again the fact that “We have no space of hiding ourselves but it indeed necessary to hide you from the materialistic burden of life.” The song is live and vibrant. Instruments arrangement is lively and thrilling and it gets such an extravagant energy due to the vocal presentation of Mick Jagger himself.

Wyclef Jean truly said, “It’s one of those sessions I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I did it as a fusion of hip-hop meets rock, the style of rock that Mick does, the real authentic rock with the right guitar sounds and stuff. His (vocal) chops were pretty incredible, definitely real hot —the minute the track comes on you’ll be able to hear it’s definitely hot.

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Song Lyric: Hide Away
Songwriters: Jagger, Michael (Mick)

Hide away hide away

Make sure that I never come back
Disappear and I never come back

I’m gonna pack up all my bags
Vanish while I can
Gonna leave this town behind
Pay it all no mind
I’m gonna fly away
And no one’s gonna find me

Keep my destination quiet
Take an early morning flight
Never tell a soul
Just light out on my own
I’m gonna fly away
And no one’s gonna find me

I’m gonna wear some fake disguise
Change the colour of my eyes
Yes I’m going hide away
And you’re gonna be surprised
I’ll be wise before my time
I’m going hide away

Make sure that I never come back
Disappear and I never come back
Make sure that I never come back
Disappear and I never come back

I’m gonna rent a small hotel
Throw away my cell
Cut off all my hair
Sweep away my cares
I’m gonna fly away
And no one’s ever gonna find me

I’m out of everybody’s reach
Out on some twisted beach
I’m gonna hide away
Dissolve right out this scene
Out of everybody’s dreams
I’m gonna hide away
Hide away [cont]

Hide away

Make sure that I never come back
Disappear and I never come back
Make sure that I never come back
Disappear and I never come back

Published by: Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music Inc.
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Youtube link of the song: Hide Away Mick Jagger

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… this youthful generation was shocked and dejected to feel that this lavish life makes them more meaningless ever than before…

Photo Credit: hippy: Metro Sienna; Hippie: Woodstock ; Hippie Momentswoodstock: through the eyes of the attendees 1969Zabriskie Point; WeekendThe rolling stones; Mick Jagger;
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