Hide The Bone is the sixth track on the first disc of Prince’s 20th album Crystal Ball (his fourth using the name ). While the album is credited to , the album includes tracks credited to Prince and , but the liner notes' discussion of this track say "Recorded by The NPG", so it is credited to the band in this entry.
While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in mid-November 1993 at Studio Guillaume Tell, Paris, France.
The original lyrics by Brenda Lee Eager and Hilliard Wilson were developed after Eager gave the lyrics to Somebody’s Somebody to her friend Mavis Staples (presumably when she was working on her second album The Voice in 1992). Prince liked the lyrics and put music to it and then asked Eager for more material, which yielded Hide The Bone.
In 1994, a live version of the track was included on a planned “Live” single which was not released.