Hey Jude

Running head: HEY JUDE
Hey Jude
University Title
Title: Hey Jude
Artist: The Beatles
Album: Hey Jude
Date of Release: 1968
Hey Jude Lyrics
[Verse 1]
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
[Verse 2]
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
[Verse 3]
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
[Verse 4]
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
[Verse 5]
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
[Verse 6]
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 (Genius, 2018).
Songs can be written for many purposes. Songwriters use music as a form of
pronouncing themselves, expressing ideas or even expressing themselves on various issues.
Songwriters might also compose songs for general purposes targeting a whole population or a
certain group of people with an aim to send a specific message. Songs may also be written
and dedicated to an individual or a household or addressed at an issue the speaker feels
strongly about. Over the years, many musicians have composed songs dedicated to specific
individuals (whether fictitious or factual) with the intent to pass on a message. Many songs
crafted in this manner have proven to be inspirational to the audience. “Hey Jude” is a song
that was written by Sir Paul McCartney and performed by “The Beatles,” an English rock
music band formed in Liverpool in 1960 in which the writer served as a member. The song
was released in 1968, and it was addressed to young Julian, a son of John Lennon, who was a
close friend to McCartney and a member of the Beatles Band. It was written to comfort him
as his parents were going through a divorce, and its lyrics have since comforted many others.
“Hey Jude” comes out as a heartening and morale-boosting song that’s intention is to
raise the spirits of Jude, a young individual in desolation, and motivate him to chase the girl
of her dreams. The speaker starts off by stating, “…don’t make it bad…” [Verse 1]
attempting to motivate Jude not to concentrate on the bad things, and rather on the good
through taking “a sad song…” and transforming it into better. This can also be interpreted
accepting the difficult situation devoid of complaining and trying to deal with it in the best
way possible; making the best out of it. The speaker gives Jude advice to let the girl he is in
love with into his heart for him to begin to “make it better” [verse 1].
The speaker maintains that Jude will be happier and better the moment he and his girl
become close. Similarly, Kiowa, being the emotional compass of Alpha Company in “The
Things They Carried” attempts to comfort O’Brien during the period he experiences
emotional turmoil after killing the North Vietnamese soldier. Kiowa is committed to easing
Obrien’s transitions when he arrives at the war, constantly conversing with him to ease his
tensions (O'Brien, 2009). It is therefore clear that as human beings, we all need some comfort
when life becomes difficult, and most importantly, we need caring friends to step in and
comfort us when life becomes too much to bear.
Relationships and divorce are part of life. Emotional loss through separation and
divorce is as hard as physical loss through death. In his narration, Martel (2001) states, “To
lose your father is to lose the one whose guidance and help you seek, who supports you like a
tree trunk supports its branches. To lose your mother, well, that is like losing the sun above
you.” Martel is talking about physical loss through death, which causes anguish and
emotional drain such as the one that has engulfed Jude. Nevertheless, in the second and
subsequent verses, the speaker in the song advises Jude not to let issues accumulate and stress
him out. He tells him to refrain and sings “don’t carry the world upon your shoulders” [verse
The speaker comforts Jude not to be fearful and that he was meant to “go out and get
her” [verse 2]. With this, he intimates that he considers Jude and the girl he loves as meant to
be together; to be soul mates. Fear is a dangerous thing as outlined by Coelho and Clarke
(1992) in “The Alchemist.” Fear obstinately comes up all through Santiago’s journey as the
main hindrance to him acquiring his Personal Legend. Santiago endures different kinds of
fear: physical fear of dying at Al-Fayoum; material fear of losing his riches through joining
the desert caravan; and childhood fear of having the mysterious gypsy lady throw light on his
dream. Fear can prevent one from achieving his dreams, and the speaker in the song is
advising Jude not to be fearful.
Amidst all the suffering of this world, individuals such as the speaker in the song
emerge to provide compassion to people who need it most. The speaker consoles Jude for the
separation of his parents. He comes at a time of need when Jude has hit rock bottom
emotionally. Similarly, McCarthy (2009) in his widely acclaimed book “The Road” describes
the world as a cruel place. People who show other compassion in this world is rare. But in
that rarity, he notes that it is difficult to maintain a skeptical view because some people
perform acts of kindness unexpectedly. People who show compassion to others help in riding
the wave of life.
“Hey Jude” fits into the theme of inspiration and optimism. It is a good example of an
inspirational song. The song was primarily written to inspire the son of a friend of the
songwriter and succeeded in not only fulfilling its original mandate but also encouraged
listeners in many different parts of the world. The world is filled with many challenges as
shown in Coelho and Clarke (1992); McCarthy (2009); Martel (2001); and O'Brien (2009).
To counter these life’s challenges, we need genuine friends to assist with physical and
emotional support as demonstrated by the speaker in the lyrics of the song “Hey Jude.”
Coelho, P., & Clarke, A. (1992). The alchemist. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.
Genius. (2018). The Beatles Hey Jude. Retrieved 18 April 2018, from
Martel, Y. (2001). Life of Pi: A novel. New York: Harcourt.
McCarthy, C. (2009). The road. Pan Macmillan.
O'Brien, T. (2009). The things they carried: A work of fiction. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

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