Beatles: Hey Jude Meaning
Song Released: 1968
Hey Jude Lyrics
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...
anonymous Aug 24th, 2006 8:10am report
Alright..Well first off, this song was written for julian lennon during John and cynthia's divorce. Definitely not heroine.
"hey jude, don't make it bad"-don't make the seperation harder than it has to be.
"remember to let her into your heart, then you can start to make it better"-accept yoko, you may start to feel better.
"and any time you feel the pain, hey, jude, refrain
don't carry the world upon your shoulders"-possibly not to put the pressure onto yourself, the divorce isn't your fault.
"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"-let your feelings out, and try to welcome yoko.
You think someone is going to speak for you, but it's you that needs to make the decision to accept her...
Anyway, just what I think.
Paul McCartney wrote this for John Lennon's son Julian to confort him while his father (John Lennon) and his mom (Cynthia) were divorcing afer an 8 year marrige. In my opinion I really disslike John Lennon because after he divorced Cynthia he married Yoko Ono and had a son (Sean) and just forgot about his other son (Julian) and didn't pay attention to him.
anonymous Sep 28th, 2006 9:08pm report
"Well, when Paul first sang 'hey jude' to me-or played me the little tape he'd made of it-i took it very personally. 'ah, it's me!' I said. 'it's me.' he says, 'No, it's me.' I said, 'check, we're going through the same bit,' so we all are. Whoever is going through that bit with us is going through it, that's the groove." the ballad of John and yoko, p. 50)
just a thought: you people who think it is about heroin--you are dumb. Your theory is based on a supposed (I would say coincidental) abbreviation.
There is no 'factual' answer that I have come across, however, the "hey jules" is the most sensible and believable of the scenarios.
I would say the large majority of songs of this nature (consolation/love songs) are not written for someone so much as about someone. The inspiration comes from someone you known to the artist, and the song is really what the artist has to say on the subject.
-an opinion in san diego
anonymous Aug 26th, 8:03am report
This song to me could go either way, jude is or was a widely used word for jews, the lyrics fit the healing. Also about Julian so you see,what we could possibly have is a song about two things, a nation of people who needed healing and a young man who loved his father but despised yoko for taking him away, either way....Great tune.
anonymous Jul 14th, 7:52am report
The song was for Bob Dylan as a request to go back to his old music/style of the time.
anonymous Jun 15th, 6:25pm report
The song is to Cynthia Lennon when John left her for Yoko. In Liverpool a slang term for a girl was "Judy" as in "My Judy (girl) looks good." It is probably derived from the "Punch and Judy" childrens puppet show performed on the beaches in old victorian seaside resorts. Often in 1950/1960's you would hear a man in Liverpool refer to his wife as "Hey Jude..." The words appear to be telling Cynthia to accept Yoko but based on the character of Yoko that must have been difficult.
Wow, some of these interpretations seem almost insane.
John and Cynthia were going through a divorce, and John was with Yoko.
Paul wrote this song for Julian "to make it better". That is the only interpretation of the song that Paul has ever given for it. Since Paul is the writer, it's what he says is the truth.
anonymous Apr 20th, 2013 4:43am report
It was originally "hey Jules" but Jude rhymed better so he changed it to Jude.
It is far more likely that heroin is named after the song, not the other way around. Lol
anonymous Feb 19th, 2013 2:44pm report
To that anon that asked why is Julian made to go out and get her- it's saying accept her into your life. Accept her, make her feel welcomed, she did nothing wrong.
anonymous Oct 9th, 2012 10:41am report
Ok i know what this song is really about but if I told you everyone would be upset. It isn't drugs. Point though - it does not matter what it means to anyone other than the listener(s). Beatles, and others, have said that over and over. My mothers name judy and my dad would sing it to her so the real meaning will never kill what good it brings to them or any listener. If you still need to know the true meaning then you missed the point. I will say the true meaning is rather disappoointing and not about any of the beatles or their relations.
anonymous Sep 1st, 2012 9:47am report
This song may be inspired by Lewis Carrols "Through the Looking Glass", as this two quotes from the book, which resemble a part of the song a lot, suggest.
'But if you hadn’t done them,’ the Queen said, `that would have been better still; better, and better, and better!’ Her voice went higher with each `better’, till it got quite to a squeak at last.
Oh, much better!’ cried the Queen, her voice rising into a squeak as she went on. `Much be-etter! Be-etter! Be-e-e-etter! Be-e-ehh!’ The last word ended in a long bleat, so like a sheep that Alice quite started.
anonymous Jul 17th, 2012 7:35pm report
This song is from Paul McCarthy to John Lennon, because he was really messed up from being abandoned at an early age, his mother dying when he started to reconnect with he and depressed, and yoko Ono was his savior. Paul realized that telling John to find peace meant that John would not need to write songs to bury his pain in songs anymore since yoko would be there to help him lighten his burden. Without the necessity of songs, that would be the end of the Beatles, so Paul is saying goodbye and find pece to John throught this song. He does not want the beatles to end, so the song goes on and on with him just saying na na na na na na na over and over again since there's nothing more to say but he doesn't want it to end. Also towards the end, he starts to scream or wail because it pains him to say goodbye
anonymous Jun 2nd, 2012 6:21pm report
It is about john lennon divorcing cynthia and marrying yoko ono. Paul is telling julian to give yoko a chance and she is not replacing his mom, to let yoko in not block her out. NO HEROIN REFERENCE
anonymous May 2nd, 2012 5:26pm report
While McCartney says that the song was conceived as a comforting message to Julian Lennon on a trip to visit Julian, that does not mean that the entire song is about Julian. There are many lines in the song that don't fit with that description, and are more logically perceived as speaking to a mature young man about love and relationships:
"Hey, Jude! Don't let me down
You have found her, now go and get her
Remember, to let her into your heart (Ohhhh),
Then you can start to make it better.
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
Furthermore, McCartney changed the lyrics from "Hey Jules" to "Hey Jude" because he claims it sounded better. Well, if you're willing to change the protagonist's name because it sounds better, than there's certainly nothing to stop you from morphing a song that was initially about one specific person into a song that has general meaning for all.
anonymous Apr 28th, 2012 4:27am report
Francie Schwartz. She was jewish and Pauls girlfriend at the time.
anonymous Mar 19th, 2012 3:33pm report
Hey Jude is a good song. It was written by Paul. I like him so much because he was the one who did not neglect Cyn and Julian. So, he visited Cyn. I ever red the images that Julian spent his quality time with Paul and Jane Asher. So, Paul is closer to him than his daddy, John.
Michael1966 Feb 16th, 2012 2:16pm report
To respond to the comment about "the movement you need is on your shoulder" making no sense - I TOTALLY disagree! It's quite a moving line, and it's meaning is to comfort someone. Example, putting your your hand on someone's shoulder - quite simple really. I'm glad John insisted on that line staying in!
anonymous Feb 2nd, 2012 2:25am report
Nicely said Mr/Ms ' SEX BABY"
Yeah your right to THINK ANATOMY.
The Beatles lied when asked about the official meaning of the song. The song was a hitting the charts!!!!!
Will they say "Hey Jude" is about sex or masturbation?? Cmon now. Think money.
Do not believe every words people say. Wikipedia would only write the official thing and could not be the truth. Use your brains people.
anonymous Jan 31st, 2012 1:42pm report
We could feel this art on its own, without reference to the history surrounding the artist. We could then see this song is about love and sex. Telling Jude to leave his lonliness, get her under his skin, go out and get her, the movement your need is "on your shoulder" (think anatomy). Let it out, and let it in. Very sexual. And finally, the climax: AHHH! This is not written to a child or for a child. Leave the factoids aside, consider the art on its own: SEX BABY!
anonymous Dec 1st, 2011 12:55am report
I agree that it was written for jules but i believe it was later changed when they realized that by changing from jules to a different name you get a better sound and also a broader appeal for the times.The English/German translation of Jude is (he is a Jew)if taken into account could imply that they were making a social statement about moving forward and healing.
anonymous Sep 22nd, 2011 9:11am report
Th song is about masturbation for the first time friends. I was a teenager In the 1970's and this was nearly banned in the airwaves in the Philippines by religious leaders. Listen to it carefully. The moaning and the jubilation in the end when they sang out of their lungs "nanananana".
"Hey Jude, youl do, The Movement you need in on your shoulder"
"Let het under your skin"
Listen to it again and imagine Jude being told to masturbate for the first time. It became a hit and would not accept it is about masturbation song.
anonymous Aug 6th, 2011 8:41pm report
This song is quite obvious, it's about entering a new relationship after a really bad break up, and finding it hard or being very fearful ("don't be afraid") to trust and love again and let someone "into your heart". The narrator of the song is encouraging Jude to let this new woman into his life, believing that as soon as you begin to trust again and "let her under your skin", then Jude will begin to "make things better". It's all about trying to think positively again "take a sad song and make it better" and trying to let go of the past, refraining from the pain when the bad memories come back and trying to basically chill out and not think about the negative past and all the problems etc (don't carry the world upon your shoulders). The line "for well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool by making his world a little colder" is basically saying that it's foolish to avoid opening your heart again in fear of pain, because that will just lead to detriment.The narrator is just trying to communicate to Jude that it's a mental thing he needs to get over "the movement is on your shoulders" means that he needs to get his head together (head is on shoulders) and just snap out of it. He has to "go out and get her" love this woman and let her into his heart so that everything will get better and so that he won't lose the potential happiness she could bring him. The whole song is basically just saying don't be an idiot, let love in again or your heart will be closed forever, your world will become cold and you will never be happy. Of course it may fit with John Lennon's own context, but i think it was really just written to communicate to every listener that you will get heart but you have to learn to love again for your own happiness and wellbeing.
anonymous Jun 27th, 2011 6:56am report
The Song (Hey Jude) was written for Julian Lennon.Paul wrote it during the divorce between John and Cynthia.(Hey Jude don't make it bad) don't make it harder than it is.Paul had layed a hint in the song.Paul also layed another hint in the song which was(remember to let her into your heart then you can start to make it better)let the new lady in his life (YOKO) into his heart
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