Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Beatles in Hey Jude

Recorded: July 31, 1968 at Trident Studios, London, England, with the forty-piece orchestra
Overdubbed: August 1, 1968
Released: August 26, 1968
John Lennon: acoustic guitar, background vocal
Paul McCartney: lead vocal, bass guitar, piano
George Harrison: lead guitar, background vocal
Ringo Starr: drums, tambourine
Forty-piece orchestra - sustained notes, clapping, "na-na-na" chorus

Song Evolution:
It was written by Paul McCartney as a comfort for John Lennon's son, Julian, 5, after the breakup and subsequent divorce of his parents, John and Cynthia Lennon. Paul has said that the words came to him in the car, while he was driving, going from "Hey Jules" to "Jude."

Paul was displeased with the line, "The movement you need is on your shoulder," saying it sounded as if he was singing about his parrot, but John convinced him that it was probably the strongest line in the song. John later commented that the song was actually written for him subconsciously by Paul, as an indication that it was OK for John to go ahead and leave him for Yoko. 

In a 1980 interview with David Sheff for Playboy magazine, John Lennon recounted his thoughts on the song's meaning:

Paul said it was written about Julian. He knew I was splitting with Cyn and leaving Julian then. He was driving to see Julian to say hello. He had been like an uncle. And he came up with Hey Jude. But I always heard it as a song to me. If you think about it... Yoko's just come into the picture. He's saying, 'Hey Jude' - 'Hey John.' I know I'm sounding like one of those fans who reads things into it, but you can hear it as a song to me. The words 'go out and get her' - subconsciously he was saying, 'Go ahead, leave me.' On a conscious level, he didn't want me to go ahead. The angel in him was saying, 'Bless you.' The devil in him didn't like it at all because he didn't want to lose his partner.
Which subsequently happened, and with that ended one of the greatest singer-songwriting collaborations in modern times, and The Beatles ended as a music group and began their path to becoming musical legends.

Hey Jude
Copyright: Paul McCartney & John Lennon, The Beatles

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

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

Anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude refrain
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders
Well, you know that it's a fool who plays it cool
By making it a little colder
Na na na na na na na na na

Hey Jude don't let me down

You have found her now go and get her
(Let it out to let it in)
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better better better better better better Whooooooooo

na na na na na na na
na na na na hey Jude
na na na na na na na
na na na na hey Jude
na na na na na na na
na na na na hey Jude
na na na na na na na
na na na na hey Jude
na na na na na na na
na na na na hey Jude

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