'Hey Jude' is one of my favourite songs from The Beatles. Let me tell you a bit about the story behind the origin of this song. The song was written by Paul McCartney and originally titled 'Hey Jules' and was actually written to comfort Julian Lennon as his parents John Lennon and Cynthia were going through a divorce. 'Hey Jules' later became 'Hey Jude' and the song sold more than 5 million copies and was in the #1 spot in twelve different countries.
There was something definitely going on in the inner circles of the band and things weren't the usual. John Lennon was then seeing Yoko Ono and was leaving his first wife Cynthia and that made a five year old Julian very restless. It was Paul McCartney who reached out to him as he understood how difficult it would be for a child seeing his parents get divorced. A terrible phase for any kid and Paul felt very sorry. Hence the lines,"Don't make it bad, take a sad song and make it better" were written to pacify Julian. Alas, Julian only realised this twenty years later when he bumped into Paul in New York hotel. That's when Paul McCartney told him the reason behind writing the song.
Paul McCartney and Julian Lennon
And what more? When McCartney played the song in front of John and Yoko, John felt that the song was aimed at him. He felt that the lines, "You were made to go out and get her" was written for him asking him to pursue Yoko (I kind of hate that lady). John was perhaps too full of himself and did not grasp the significance of the song, which was actually written for his son.
There are other interpretations too. Some argue that the piece is a drug song, written about heroin. There are others who want to believe that it was a song about Paul himself as he was going through a hard time with his then girlfriend Jane. There are several conflicting reports of Paul stating in interviews that the song was for Julian/John.
Guess we will never know! Also there's an easter egg in the song. Somewhere around 2 minutes and 48 seconds, you can hear someone saying 'fucking hell' in the back ground, this was unintentional. Could have been John. But it was decided it will remain in the original. With a running time of 7:11 minutes, at that time it was the longest song released as a single. The 'na na na' part itself lasts 4 minutes and the chorus is repeated 19 times.
Check out this awesome commercial or should I say TV moment that T-Mobile made. Around Hundreds of people gathered at Trafalgar Square and sang the song in chorus. How I wish I was there. Such happiness and a celebration of life. Ah! One of the times that actually makes me like humans.