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Hi Ho Silver Lining

"Hi Ho Silver Lining" is a rock song, written by American songwriters Scott English and Larry Weiss and first released as a single in March 1967 by The Attack, followed a few days later by Jeff Beck.[1] Because the Beck version charted first, the song is most often associated with him.

"Hi Ho Silver Lining"
Single by The Attack
Released March 1967
Format 7" single
Songwriter(s) English / Weiss
"Hi Ho Silver Lining"
Netherlands-only cover
Single by Jeff Beck
B-side "Beck's Bolero"
Released 10 March 1967
Format 45 RPM
Recorded 19 January 1967, De Lane Lea Studios, London
Genre Rock, Psychedelic pop
Length 2:53
Label EMI Columbia
Songwriter(s) Scott English, Larry Weiss
Producer(s) Mickie Most
Jeff Beck singles chronology
"Hi Ho Silver Lining" / "Beck's Bolero"
"Tallyman" / "Rock My Plimsoul"
"Hi Ho Silver Lining" / "Beck's Bolero"
"Tallyman" / "Rock My Plimsoul"


Jeff Beck versionEdit

The song was not included on the album Truth when first released in 1968 (but is a bonus track on the 2006 reissue). Beck performed "Hi Ho Silver Lining" live on the charity benefit show, the ARMS Charity Concert for Multiple Sclerosis, featuring an all-star jam with Steve Winwood and Simon Phillips in 1983.[2] The song was resurrected for the "Together and Apart" Japanese and US tours with Eric Clapton in 2009 and 2010. According to Kate Mossman, writing in The New Statesman, Beck "has likened 'Hi Ho Silver Lining' to having a pink toilet seat hung around your neck for the rest of your life." [3]

Formats and track listingsEdit

1967 7" single (UK/Holland: Columbia DB 8151, New Zealand: Columbia DNZ 10497, Portugal: Columbia 8E 006-93925)

  • A. "Hi Ho Silver Lining" (English, Weiss) 2:53
  • B. "Beck's Bolero" (Page) 2:52

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (1967) Peak position
Irish Singles Chart[4] 17
UK Singles Chart[5] 14
Australian Go-Set Top 40 Singles Chart[6] 25


In sportEdit

The song is quite often sung by various sports fans, originally and most famously by football supporters of Wolverhampton Wanderers and also supporters of Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, Scunthorpe United and Bristol Rovers. Ice hockey fans of Milton Keynes Lightning also perform it. It is also played before and after the home matches of rugby league team Leigh Centurions.

It is the walk on song for 2015 Premier League Darts participant, Kim Huybrechts

The song is also played by west London club Queens Park Rangers mainly after victories at their home, Loftus Road Stadium. It is played in memory of Supporters Club secretary Daphne Biggs, who worked at the club for over 50 years and died in August 2002, as it is said that it was her favourite song.

Nonetheless, during a memorable 1968 "Top Of The Pops" recording broadcast to promote the single release, Jeff Beck shouted "Up The Spurs" after the first line of the guitar solo, referencing London soccer club Tottenham Hotspur.


  1. ^ "Jeff Beck—Hi-Ho Silver Lining/Beck's Bolero". Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  2. ^ ARMS concert September 1983
  3. ^ The £7m fingers: how Jeff Beck became a guitar hero by saying no, 2016
  4. ^ Top 50 Singles - 29 April 1967. 
  5. ^ "Top 100 Singles - 13 May 1967". Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Top 40 Singles - 21 June 1967". Go Set. Retrieved 19 January 2009.