The Beatles Albums- Hey Jude

The Beatles Albums- Hey Jude

Mar 5, 2014

On September 4, 1968, The Beatles went to Twickenham Studios in London to create promotional films for their new single “Hey Jude.” Throughout the day, twelve takes were recorded – of which three separate films now exist: one for the band’s promo use and two for different TV shows. Read more at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey_Jude…

This video is a side-by-side comparison of both the “Smothers Brothers” and “The David Frost Show” versions. The audio is from the left clip and is initially synced with both versions. However, you’ll notice an obvious drift by the end.



“Hey Jude” Lyrics

Hey Jude, don’t make it bad.
Take a sad song and make it better.beatles-12
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 skin,
Then you begin to make it better.

And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain,
Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders.
For well you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder.

Da da da da da da, da da da, hey Jude…

Hey Jude, don’t let me down.
You have found her, now go and get her.
Remember to let her into your heart,
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.

Da da da da da da, da da da, hey Jude…

Hey Jude, don’t make it bad.
Take a sad song and make it better.
Remember to let her under your skin,
Then you’ll begin to make it
Better better better better better better, oh.

Da da da da da da, da da da, hey Jude…



Written by: Paul McCartney (100%) (credited as Lennon-McCartney)
Recorded: July 31, 1968; August 1, 1968 (Trident Studios, London, England)
Mixed: August 2 and 6, 1968
Length: 7:11
Takes: 1
Musicians: John Lennon: harmony vocals, rhythm guitar (1963 Gibson “Super Jumbo” J-200)
Paul McCartney: lead vocals, bass guitar (1961 Fender Bass VI), piano (C. Bechstein)
George Harrison: harmony vocals, lead guitar (1961 Sonic Blue Fender Stratocaster)
Ringo Starr: drums (Ludwig), tambourine
Bobby Kok: cello
Bill Jackman: flute
Unknown orchestra musicians: violins (ten), trumpets (four), trombones (four), violas (three), cellos (three), double basses (two), flutes (two), clarinets (two), horns (two), bass clarinets (two), bassoon, contrabassoon, percussion
First released: August 26, 1968 (US: Apple 2276), August 30, 1968 (UK: Apple R5722)
Available on: (CDs in bold)

  • Hey Jude, (US: Apple SW 385, UK: Parlophone PCS 7184)
  • The Beatles 1967-1970 (UK: Apple PCSP 718, US: Apple SKBO 3404, Apple CDP 0777 7 97039 2 0)
  • Past Masters Volume Two, (Parlophone CDP 7 90044 2)
  • The Beatles 1 (Apple CDP 7243 5 299702 2)

Highest chart position: US: 1 (nine weeks beginning September 14, 1968); UK: 1 (two weeks beginning September 11, 1968)


In 1968, John Lennon and his wife Cynthia Lennon separated due to John’s affair with Yoko Ono. Soon afterwards, Paul McCartney drove out to visit Cynthia and Lennon’s son, Julian. “We’d been very good friends for millions of years and I thought it was a bit much for them suddenly to be personae non gratae and out of my life,” McCartney said. Cynthia Lennon recalled, “I was truly surprised when, one afternoon, Paul arrived on his own. I was touched by his obvious concern for our welfare … On the journey down he composed ‘Hey Jude’ in the car. I will never forget Paul’s gesture of care and concern in coming to see us.”

The song’s original title was “Hey Jules,” and it was intended to comfort Julian Lennon from the stress of his parents’ divorce. McCartney said, “I started with the idea ‘Hey Jules,’ which was Julian, don’t make it bad, take a sad song and make it better. Hey, try and deal with this terrible thing. I knew it was not going to be easy for him. I always feel sorry for kids in divorces … I had the idea [for the song] by the time I got there. I changed it to ‘Jude’ because I thought that sounded a bit better.”Julian Lennon discovered the song had been written for him almost twenty years later. He remembered being closer to McCartney than to his father: “Paul and I used to hang about quite a bit—more than Dad and I did. We had a great friendship going and there seems to be far more pictures of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are pictures of me and my dad.”

Although McCartney originally wrote the song for Julian Lennon, John Lennon thought it had actually been written for him:

But I always heard it as a song to me. If you think about it … Yoko’s just come into the picture. He’s saying. ‘Hey, Jude—Hey, John.’ I know I’m sounding like one of those fans who reads things into it, but you can hear it as a song to me … Subconsciously, he was saying, Go ahead, leave me. On a conscious level, he didn’t want me to go ahead.

Other people believed McCartney wrote the song about them, including Judith Simons, a journalist with the Daily Express. Still others, including John Lennon, have speculated that McCartney’s failing long-term relationship with Jane Asher when he wrote “Hey Jude” was an unconscious “message to himself.” In fact, when Lennon mentioned that he thought the song was about him, McCartney denied it and told Lennon he had written the song about himself.

Writer Mark Hertsgaard noted “many of the song’s lyrics do seem directed more at a grown man on the verge of a powerful new love, especially the lines ‘you have found her now go and get her’ and ‘you’re waiting for someone to perform with.'” Tim Riley wrote, “If the song is about self-worth and self-consolation in the face of hardship, the vocal performance itself conveys much of the journey. He begins by singing to comfort someone else, finds himself weighing his own feelings in the process, and finally, in the repeated refrains that nurture his own approbation, he comes to believe in himself.”

McCartney changed the title to “Hey Jude” because the name Jude was easier to sing. Much as he did with “Yesterday“, McCartney played the song for other musicians and friends. Ron Griffith of Badfinger (known at this time as the Iveys, and the first band to join the Beatles-owned record label Apple Records), recalled that on their first day in the studio, “Paul walked over to the grand piano and said, ‘Hey lads, have a listen’, and he sat down and gave us a full concert rendition of ‘Hey Jude’. We were gobsmacked.”

When McCartney introduced Lennon to his new composition, he came to “the movement you need is on your shoulder” and told Lennon “I’ll fix that bit.” Lennon asked why, and McCartney answered “… it’s a stupid expression; it sounds like a parrot.” Lennon parried with “You won’t, you know. That’s the best line in the song.” McCartney thus left the line in and later said “… when I play that song, that’s the line when I think of John, and sometimes I get a little emotional during that moment.”

Taken From Wikipedia


  • The subject of “Hey Jude” is open to much debate, despite Paul’s insistence that it was about Julian’s parents divorcing — Julian himself never learned the song was about him until two decades later. John saw it as a subconscious attempt by Paul to reconcile his own loss of John to Yoko. Some have also seen it as Paul’s subconscious attempt to “make it better” by leaving his own girlfriend, Jane Asher, for Linda Eastman. Some claim that there are Jewish connections (“Jude” being German for “Jew”), while others have suggested drug connections due to the “under your skin” line. Several associates and hangers-on have claimed the song is about them, as well.
  • John can clearly be heard shouting something after the last “Let her under your skin,” right on the beat, and then exclaiming “f***ing hell!” at 2:58. (It has been suggested that he says “Got the wrong chord!” after flubbing a guitar move.) Remarkably, the expletive has never been removed or censored on radio.
  • Paul’s vocal on the coda may be the Beatles’ most famous bit of vocal gymnastics. Triple-tracked, it features two Pauls working their way up over two octaves from low E to high F and a third ad-libbing, breaking off to scat “Make it, Jude” before the explosive high note and the resulting second half. (That second half coda begins at 3:12, and is actually longer than the song it anchors!)

Other Tidbits

“Hey Jude” was the first song that the Beatles released on their Apple label. It also is the longest single the Beatles ever released.

1968 sheet music cover, Maclen Music, Inc., New York. “Recorded by the Beatles on Apple Records”.


“Hey Jude” Guitar chords and tabs


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