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Beatles: Hey Jude Meaning

Song Released: 1968


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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...

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    anonymous
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    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.



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    anonymous
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    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



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    Jenna220
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    Feb 3rd, 2006 2:52pm report


    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.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 22nd, 9:47am report


    Sorry, Friends. Of course the cover story from Paul was that the song was about Jules Lennon. The band had already caught a lot of sh** from their many songs about drugs to that point. Consider: Jules had just turned 5 when the song was written. Do you seriously think that: "The minute you let her under your skin, then you begin to make it better" if meant to comfort a 5-year old boy trying to deal with his parents' breakup? Seriously?! What the he** are those words supposed to mean to a 5-year old boy, or even a 27 year old man, as John was at the time. There is only one interpretation of these lyrics, and if you've ever done heroin and listened to song there'll be not the slightest doubt about what the lyrics mean. Besides, the Beatles' lyrics were often designed to be a riddle that kept their fans guessing. What do the words "strawberry fields forever" actually mean? Or "I am the walrus"? These words refer to altered states of consciousness, or, another way of saying this, is that these words become much clearer when one is in a state of altered consciousness.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 12th, 7:53am report


    The song is about Bob Dylan. Dylan is a Jew, thus the word `Jude`. It is an insulting song. McCartney was telling Dylan to shoot his drugs and write his lame songs. Take `her` into your heart and under your skin, go get `her`, the movement you need is on your shoulder, let it out and let it in. Take a `sad` song (not boo-hoo `sad`, but crappy `sad`), and make it better.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 23rd, 6:36pm report


    Paul explains his meaning.... He was comforting a precious child... God knows, he needed it♥️ Can’t you people ever just, accept what a person says? All you need is the author’s explanation !!!!!



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    anonymous
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    Mar 21st, 2019 3:24pm report


    More popular than Jesus
    "We're more popular than Jesus" was a remark made by the Beatles' John Lennon during a 1966 interview, in which he argued that Christianity would end before rock music. He added that "Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me." His opinions drew no controversy when originally published in the United Kingdom, but angry reactions flared up in Christian communities when the comment was republished in the United States five months later.Wikipedia



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    anonymous
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    Mar 21st, 2019 3:19pm report


    In the Holy Bible; King James Version 1611; The General Epistle Of Jude before the Book Of Revelation:

    Verse 15: To execute judgement upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

    John Lennon stated: “We’re more popular than Jesus.” Blasphemy.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 30th, 2018 7:27pm report


    I'll apologize in advance, but I was always very certain it pertained The sexual act. Go under her skin and make it better! Better!! BETTER!!! culminating in an orgasm.

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    anonymous
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    Apr 19th, 2017 4:23pm report


    I always thought it was about St. Jude the Patron Saint of Lost Causes.

    The old cowboys would meet someone on horseback and greet with "Hey Jude"

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    anonymous
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    Mar 21st, 2017 3:14am report


    For goodness sake, it's about John's son. Paul did not write it for John Lennon and it isn't about drugs. This same thing happened with "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and that was about a drawing.
    Julian was going through hard times and Paul wrote him a song telling him not to give up and to try and be open to Yoko. It's original title was "Hey Jules" but McCartney changed it to what it is now.
    On hearing the song, Lennon thought it was for him. He was too caught in his own ego that he couldn't realizes by the reference of the name who it was really for.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 27th, 2016 12:47pm report


    It was originally inspired by John's son, Julian, but as the song developed it began to relate to Paul's growing relationship with Linda Eastman who he'd only started dating at the time. He is literally saying, you've found her, so go and get her! In a way it could also be about the loss of his partner, John to Yoko Ono, but magnanimously saying to John, 'ok, I know she's pulling us apart but if she's what you want then go and get her. It's basically a song about finding something that feels right and then following through. I believe he's referring to three individuals, especially John, hence the lines:

    "So let it out and let it in, hey John, 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.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 25th, 2015 7:41am report


    Hey Jude is 100% a song about the use of heroin.....Quotes, references, stories by the Beatles to the press are intentionally misguided, as is "Hey Jude" by Paul telling folks that this song is about Julian Lennon....the Beatles were the masters of the "put down and the put off".....(people who believe the Beatles' explanations of their songs are the same one who believe "Lucy in the Sky" is a song about a childs dream and not drugs)

    "Let it out and let it in"...."the minute you let it under your skin, then you begin to feel better". A direct reference to shooting heroin.

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    Phaidaux
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    Sep 5th, 2014 9:31am report


    I always thought that the song was one of hope for post WW2 jews. 'Jude' which was short for 'Juden' in Germany where the band spent a long time. In that context it makes perfect sense!, 'Her' being 'Love'... This theory might be WAY out there but it's how i've always heard the song!



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    anonymous
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    Jul 3rd, 2014 7:31pm report


    Most of you are spot on! It was for Julian to ease his pain from Paul in re to Julian's father & mother's separation.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 16th, 2014 4:45pm report


    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"
    I could see the meaning in two different ways.. (1)exhorting/comforting and
    (2)sex.
    No offense. That's how I understood.
    I like this song very much. Its a wonderful number!



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    anonymous
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    Aug 26th, 2013 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.

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    anonymous
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    Jul 14th, 2013 7:52am report


    The song was for Bob Dylan as a request to go back to his old music/style of the time.

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