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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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    anonymous
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    Sep 2nd, 2007 9:35am report


    Paul McCartney had to change the song title because whilst John Lennon liked the song, he didn't want anyone knowing the song was about him and his son and Yoko Ono (understandably).



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    anonymous
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    Sep 1st, 2007 9:17pm report


    Has anyone here read the book "Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy? Its a bit of a classic but given the nature of the song and the nature of the book, anyone who reads the book would have trouble not seeing distinct parallels between it and the song.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 18th, 2007 8:51pm report


    There are no secret meanings, hello, they wrote things that sounded good, no hidden agendas, no deep messages, no philosophical bents... They made money...lots and lots of money and laughed all the way to the bank

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    anonymous
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    Jul 25th, 2007 7:14am report


    It is about heroin. Whoever thinks it isn't and that The Beatles weren't on drugs, is apparently not a fan and knows nothing about the Beatles.

    These back and forth arguments are idiotic.

    thanksbye.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 10th, 2007 7:05pm report


    I do not think that the song refers to heroin in the second verse where it says "her". Then the verse would be

    Hey, Jude, don't be afraid
    You were made to go out and get heroin
    The minute you let heroin under your skin
    Then you begin to make it better.

    That would be good if Paul McCartney was comedian, however he is not.

    To me, and to most others the song is about the divorce between the Lennon's and telling the son everything will be okay basically.



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    RoyaleWCheez
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    Jul 4th, 2007 7:40am report


    I have heard, and I feel this is pretty accurate, that Paul wrote this song for John's first son, Julian, who was pretty much overlooked by John and played second priority to Sean, John and Yoko's son. And this was a heartfelt song from Paul to Julian (Jude). Which to me, makes it that much more meaningful that Paul would write an entire hit song dedicated to a talented and somewhat negleted first born. When I heard this and listened to the words again, it gave the song (and Paul's compasion) a whole new meaning.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 2nd, 2007 7:48pm report


    It's not about Jude Law. C'mon. It's about Judaic Law. What could be clearer?

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    anonymous
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    Jun 4th, 2007 6:46pm report


    It's just ridiculous that all of you would completely throw out the heroin theory. I'm not saying I think it's right, but you can't just think it's stupid because it would ruin the song for you. It could be about anything, only the Beatles know.



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    anonymous
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    May 27th, 2007 5:32pm report


    I don't see how anyone can say this song is about drugs..Paul wanted to comfort Johns first wife and son after their split..



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    anonymous
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    May 22nd, 2007 5:36am report


    Whoever said that Cynthia Lennon was John Lennon's sister, you're wrong. She WAS his wife.

    And to all the others in here:
    Well, I've heard that the song was written by Paul for John's son Julian, and that's what I think too.

    And it REALLY annoys me that so many people always say that a lot of the Beatles' songs were about drugs. Some of them may be about drugs, but I absolutely don't think this one is about drugs. I just doesn't make any sense to me!



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    anonymous
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    May 12th, 2007 5:31am report


    Paul has said in the Anthology that he wrote it for Julian. He was in his mind talking to Jules "hey Jules, don't make it bad, take a sad song and make it better" meaning it will all be alright. "Jules" turned out to be a mouthful so he changed it to "Jude"

    Paul's least favorite line "the movement you need is on your shoulder" was John's favorite line.

    Boo :)



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    anonymous
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    May 3rd, 2007 5:28pm report


    Hey Jude is about Lennon's son Julian, but people can interpret songs any way they want to.

    Just my opinion



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    anonymous
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    Apr 28th, 2007 4:04pm report


    For the record Cynthia Lennon is John Lennon's sister, not his wife!

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    anonymous
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    Apr 20th, 2007 4:08pm report


    Ok. I was just wondering....what does the line, "You're waiting for someone to perform with. But don't you know that it's just you....Hey Jude, you'll do." mean?

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    anonymous
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    Apr 16th, 2007 4:03pm report


    Yes, this song is about John Lennon's son Julian, the lyrics are 'hey jude' but actually is 'hey jules' jude sounded better then jules so they decided to use it and it was supposed to act as a lullaby sounding song during Lennon's divorce

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