Can't Hide Love

Album: Gratitude (1975)
Charted: 39
Play Video


  • This song was originally recorded by the short-lived R&B group Creative Source, who issued it as their first single (as "You Can't Hide Love") in 1973. Their version bubbled under at #114 on the Hot 100, but when Earth, Wind & Fire recorded it two years later, the song fared much better, reaching #39.

    The Creative Source version was mid-tempo with their three female singers sharing the lead vocal. EW&F slowed the song down and split the vocal duties among Maurice White and Philip Bailey. They included the song on their double album Gratitude, where it was one of just four studio recordings (the others were taken from live shows).
  • The song is about a girl who is denying his feelings for the singer, who tells her that she can't hide the love she's feeling. It was written by Skip Scarborough, whose credits include "Love Or Let Me Be Lonely" by The Friends Of Distinction and "Love Ballad" by L.T.D. Earth, Wind & Fire wrote most of their own songs, but they were always on the lookout for others that could fit their style.
  • A concert favorite for Earth, Wind & Fire, this often involves some audience participation, especially during the long fadeout at the end of the song. In our interview with EW&F bass player Verdine White, he said: "When we play for our audiences and they know the song, they do that end without us. We just put the mike up there, our whole audience knows those whole chord changes."
  • Earth, Wind & Fire reworked the song in 2021 with producer Babyface and singer Lucky Daye. Babyface said the new version "reflects Lucky's unique voice and musical style, while still honoring the original."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Who's Johnny, And Why Does He Show Up In So Many Songs

Who's Johnny, And Why Does He Show Up In So Many SongsSong Writing

For songwriters, Johnny represents the American man. He has been angry, cool, magic, a rebel and, of course, marching home.


HardySongwriter Interviews

The country hitmaker talks about his debut album, A Rock, and how a nursery rhyme inspired his hit single "One Beer."

Joan Armatrading

Joan ArmatradingSongwriter Interviews

The revered singer-songwriter talks inspiration and explains why she put a mahout in "Drop the Pilot."

The Real Nick Drake

The Real Nick DrakeSong Writing

The head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.

Gavin Rossdale of Bush

Gavin Rossdale of BushSongwriter Interviews

On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen."

Gary LeVox

Gary LeVoxSongwriter Interviews

On "Life Is A Highway," his burgeoning solo career, and the Rascal Flatts song he most connects with.