• Hey Jude!

    Music & lyrics by  The Beatles and article by Ey@el

    Original en français

    In these most challenging and disheartening times, I find myself with this Beatles song playing in loop in my head with its famous “nah nah nah nah” growing in crescendo which is pure bliss. The perfect track to raise your vibration. It's only natural when you consider that music is a medium for soul expression (music, magic, soul operating in French).

    Hey Jude

    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 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

    Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah...

    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.

    Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah... yeah

    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... oh!

    Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah...

    Hey Jude!
    Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah...

    © Paul McCartney, 1968

    About this song

    Initially Paul McCartney wrote this song to comfort John Lennon's 5 year old son , Julian caught in the conflict of his divorcing parents. His mother, Cynthia later said : “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.”

    As for Julian, he didn't know this song had been written for him until he became a teenager and says it still touches him: “Paul and I would spend a lot of time together. We were really good friends and I think there are more pictures from this era featuring the two of us playing together than any of me with my dad.”

    However, John Lennon thought it had actually been written for him: “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. The words ‘Go out and get her’ — subconsciously he was saying, Go ahead, leave me. On a conscious level, he didn't want me to go ahead.”

    (Personally, my understanding would be that he called him selfish and alienating those around him when he says: “You know that it's a fool who plays it cool by making his world a little colder”.)

    Another anecdote (or wonderful synchronicity) about this memorable tune: the drums starting after the two first verses were unintended. Actually, during the recording of the final take, Ringo Starr had silently and unknowingly left for a toilet break before returning unnoticed, “tiptoeing past my back rather quickly — and performed his cue perfectly” recalls Paul McCartney.

    Ey@el

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