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Hey Jude single

The single of "Hey Jude", backed up with "Revolution".

"Hey Jude" is a song written by Paul McCartney of The Beatles, credited to Lennon/McCartney. The purpose of "Hey Jude" (originally known as "Hey Jules") was to comfort Julian Lennon (aka "Jules") about his parents' divorce (John and Cynthia Lennon), It went to number one on the Billboard hits and also comforted Julian. "Hey Jude" came on a two-sided single, along with the song "Revolution".

Lyrics[]

Bolded lyrics were removed in the LOVE version

and underlined ones are lyrics added in the LOVE version


[Verse 1]

Hey, Jude, don't make it bad

Take a sad song and make it better

Remember to let her into your heart

Then you can start to make it better


[Verse 2]

Hey, Jude, don't be afraid

You were made to go out and get her

The minute you let her under your skin

Then you begin to make it better


[Chorus]

And anytime you feel the pain,

Hey, Jude, refrain

Don't carry the world upon your shoulders

For well you know that it's a fool

Who plays it cool

By making his world a little colder

Nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah


[Verse 3]

Hey, Jude, don't let me down

You have found her, now go and get her (Let it out and let it in)

Remember (hey Jude) to let her into your heart

Then you can start to make it better (better, better, better, better, better... oh!)



[Chorus]

So let it out and let it in,

Hey, Jude, begin

You're waiting for someone to perform with

And don't you know that it's just you,

Hey, Jude, you'll do

The movement you need is on your shoulder

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah yeah


[Verse 4]

Hey, Jude, don't make it bad

Take a sad song and make it better

Remember to let her under your skin

Then you'll begin to make it (Woah! F***ing hell!)

better, better, better, better, better... oh!



[Outro]

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (Jude)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (don't make it bad, Jude)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (take a sad song and make it better)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (oh, Jude)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (Jude, hey, Jude, whoa)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (ooh)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (hey, hey, hey, hey-a-hey Jude!)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Meaning of Lyrics[]

The song's lyrics are about someone encouraging a man named Jude to go after a woman by saying things like "don't be afraid" and "you have found her, now go and get her". The song ends with the band yelling "Na Na Na" as the song slowly fades off.

Paul McCartney originally wanted to call the song "Hey Jules", but decided to change some letters around in the name "Jules" to form "Hey Jude" to draw attention away from John Lennon's son Julian, who the song was written for.

The infamous "Woah! F***ing hell!" was spoken by John Lennon when one of the guitar strings clipped and got a little angry.

Composition[]

The song was written by Paul McCartney, in an attempt to soothe Julian Lennon, John Lennon's son, after his father and mother, John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia, were having a divorce. "Revolution" was released as its B-side. It is also said that John originally misunderstood the song and thought that it was Paul telling John that he supported his relationship with Yoko.

Hey Jude and Revolution-5944

An original Hey Jude/Revolution 45 with Apple Records label

Recording[]

"Hey Jude" was recorded at Trident Studios from the 29th to 31st of July and the 1st of August.

Credits[]

Behind the scenes[]

  • Actor River Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was given his middle name because of this song.
  • In November 2015, viewers of UK TV channel ITV voted this song their all-time Beatles number 1, in the show The Nation's Favourite Beatles Number 1.
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