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Beatles: Hey Jude Meaning

Song Released: 1968

Hey Jude Lyrics

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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    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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    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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    May 6th, 2006 5:37pm report

    Ok, first off the last poster wasn't Paul. Second this song is about Lennon's son Julian (written by Paul). Third, THIS SONG HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HERION. I'm sick and tired of hearing people ruin good songs like this and saying "oh man that's about drugs" sorry its not. The Beatles wrote many songs about drugs, for instance "Got to get you into my life" is an Ode to weed, but "Hey Jude" is a touching song that has no connection to drugs at all PERIOD. Enjoy!


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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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    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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    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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    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
    No offense. That's how I understood.
    I like this song very much. Its a wonderful number!


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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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    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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    Jun 15th, 2013 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.


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    May 11th, 2013 5:38pm report

    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.


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    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


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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


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    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


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    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.

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