The Meaning Behind The Song: Hiding In Your Hands (Bonus Track) by Mallory Bechtel
As a music teacher, I often come across songs that resonate with me on a deep emotional level. One such song that has truly struck a chord with me is “Hiding In Your Hands” by Mallory Bechtel. I remember stumbling upon this song while browsing through the soundtrack of the hit Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen, and I was captivated from the very first note.
The lyrics of “Hiding In Your Hands” beautifully capture the feeling of vulnerability and the desperate need to hide our true selves from the world. The song opens with the lines, “When it’s just you and some song, That you don’t know how to play, Fake your way through, strum along, Be cool and you’re okay.” These lines immediately struck a chord with me as they remind me of the moments when I was learning to play an instrument, fumbling through the chords and hoping that no one would notice my mistakes.
The lyrics continue to paint a picture of a facade, a perfect life portrayed through framed photos on a wall. “Happy house on a quaint suburban street, The sun hangs in the sky, Everything framed nice and neat, In a lovely little lie.” These lines speak to the pressure we often feel to present a polished image to the world, even when we may be struggling on the inside.
The chorus of the song, “Can’t let them know, ‘Cause no one understands, Your face can show, What you’re hiding in your hands,” beautifully encapsulates the essence of the song. It speaks to the fear of being seen for who we truly are and the isolation that comes from believing that no one can comprehend our struggles.
What makes this song even more powerful is the personal touch that Mallory Bechtel brings to it. Her delicate yet soulful voice adds an extra layer of vulnerability to the lyrics, making it all the more relatable for listeners. Mallory Bechtel beautifully captures the emotions behind the song, making it a standout track on the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack.
Although “Hiding In Your Hands” didn’t make the final cut for the original Broadway cast recording, it remains as a bonus track that showcases the raw emotion and vulnerability of the character Zoe. According to the songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, they had initially envisioned the character playing a guitar, but instead decided to have her play a ukulele to give the song a more intimate and whimsical feel.
In conclusion, “Hiding In Your Hands” is a hidden gem on the Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack. It explores the universal themes of vulnerability and the fear of being seen for who we truly are. Mallory Bechtel’s heartfelt rendition brings the song to life, making it a must-listen for fans of the musical. So, if you haven’t already, I highly recommend giving this song a listen and allowing yourself to get lost in its beautiful and introspective lyrics.