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Beatles: Hey Jude Meaning

Song Released: 1968

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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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    Apr 12th, 2008 4:51pm report

    To whom ever wrote
    "Capitalist, you are a pompous faux-intellectual with too much information and not enough education.
    "Can you guess which one?"... f off! What are you our teacher or something?!"

    High-school required reading: Hamlet.


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    Apr 12th, 2008 4:40pm report

    In response to:

    "Someone said: The "her" he is referring to is Yoko Ono who John left wife no. 1 for. Plain and simple. "

    Well, isn't it a kind of perversion to ask one's friend's son to accept into a heart a father's new wife, after the father divorced the son's mother? And even ask it with so many repetitions? Isn't it too strange to be the explanation?"

    The Beatles, who were highly influenced by Bob Dylan, were one of the few bands of the time that decided that it wasn't just the music, but the words that mattered.
    ALSO, John had already cheated on Cynthia a 100 times over. Yoko was just permanent. John did not love Cynthia. When he was younger, he had gotten her pregnant and, being the good boy he was at the time, married her. He did not love her, and divorce was imminent.
    ALSO Julian, I believe was young at the time, and, probably being confused and upset, this is Paul's message to him, telling him that it's not as bad at it all seems and that if he would just give it time, and accept the situation, it will all work out.
    ALSO, if you think this is a strange and far fetched interpretation, you haven't read up on the stories behind a lot of music, not even counting the stuff that The Beatles created.
    ALSO It's a song. There are bound to be repetitions. I know it's hard to believe, but even The Beatles had lyrical limits.

    All in all, this is Paul's way of telling Julian, "Buck up kid, it's not so terrible. Who knows, maybe she's nice. Give her a chance."
    And he's just reiterating the point saying that he can do this if he tries.


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    Feb 28th, 2008 2:22pm report

    Ya.. definitely not about heroine..


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    Jan 16th, 2008 1:37pm report

    I heard this from my boss today actually. He said that the song was originally call "Hey Jew", and was about their manager who was Jewish. They had to name it "Hey Jude" though because Jew would be too controversial. They wrote it for him as a tribute to him.

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    Jan 7th, 2008 1:33pm report

    Paul McCartney wrote this to comfort Julian Lennon when Cynthia and John were goin through a divorce. The "her" in the song is Yoko Ono. Paul is telling Julian to let her into his heart and accept her as family so he can make the situation better.


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    Jan 3rd, 2008 1:42am report

    I think this would be the perfect song to commit suicide to. I don't know why tho because it obviously doesn't mention anything about that at all but I'm sad so I want to do it and I like the rhythm and stuff so I pick this song, yay! okay so bye now, for good, seriously, come to my funeral will ya?


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    Dec 27th, 2007 12:19pm report

    This is song is for John Lennon's son Julian or "Jude" who's parents were getting a divorce and Paul wrote it to make julian feel better.


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    Nov 22nd, 2007 11:54am report

    I can't believe everyone is missing the drug references.
    Namely, heroin.
    "You were made to go out and get her[heroin]"
    "The minute you let her into you your skin[injection]"
    "Then you begin to make it better"

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    Nov 21st, 2007 11:30pm report

    I've heard some say that it's about the divorce and what not. In the "recreated" versions it says "let out then let it in, then it begins to feel better" in the chorus. In my opinion this obviously is talking about a heroine needle. Who knows we are all entitled to our opinion I guess.


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    Nov 18th, 2007 11:08pm report

    To the person who wrote that it was about Jude Law:
    "Hey Jude" was recorded in 1968,
    and Jude Law was born in 1972.


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    Oct 31st, 2007 10:29am report

    If you want proof that this song was written for Julian Lennon by Paul McCartney, read Cynthia Lennon's book, entitled John. She specifically said that Paul came to the place where she and Julian were living and sang the song to Julian. And later they changed the name to Jude.


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    Oct 31st, 2007 10:12am report

    Paul McCartney had a close relationship with John Lennons son-Julian. when John and Cynthia split up, Paul felt sorry for Julian. Paul was driving in his car, going to visit Julian when he started singing 'hey Julian' this later gave way to 'hey Jules. don't make it bad. Take a sad song, and make it better.' later, when he was finalising the lyrics, Paul changed 'hey jules' to 'hey jude' feeling that it would be better for Julian, if the song wasn't directed entirely at him.


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    Oct 17th, 2007 10:16am report

    The song was written by Paul after johns divorce with his first wife, the song was meant for julian lennon.


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    Oct 11th, 2007 10:57am report

    This song was written for Julian Lennon (son of John Lennon) by Paul McCartney when John deserted his wife & young son for Yoko Ono. Paul was close to Julian. Out of concern, during the amidst of John's divorce, Paul went to visit Cynthia & Julian Lennon. It was during the drive to/from that visit when Paul began to compose the lyrics & score to the song. Yes, as many of you have said the original title was "Hey Jules" but Paul later changed it, as it was easier for many reasons. John never knew whom the song was written about, but arrogantly assumed it was for/about him. He believed Paul was encouraging his relationship w/Yoko. In fact, at one point, after being pressured by Lennon to "admit" that the song was about Lennon, Paul defiantly told John that the song was about himself (Paul). It was not until 1986 during chance encounter at a hotel did Paul confirm to Julian Lennon that the song was indeed written for Julian.
    He also offered the above explanation on what inspired him to write the song. (the visit during divorce) As for the meaning of the lyrics to Julian…there is only one man who can offer you a true explanation!


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    Sep 9th, 2007 9:00am report

    It's about St. Jude, and how if you worship her, everything will be o.k. and they want you to like the song and worship the wrong god...gezz its not that hard, the Beatles even said it themselves.

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