Ok, Hey Jude, this fucking song, I could write an entire essay about this song alone. Like, just imagine Paul writing that for Julian Lennon to sort of say “hey, I’m sorry your dad sort of sucks” and reaching out to John’s kid in a way John never seemed to be able to. And Paul singing these words with John standing in the background just playing his guitar? Is that not enough to make anyone cry? When I was younger, that classic line ”Hey Jude, refrain, don’t carry the world upon your shoulders/for you know, its a fool, who plays it cool, by making his world a little colder,” really resonated with me. And like, yeah, that line is still great, but now the part that makes me cry is ”Let it out, let it in, hey Jude, begin/ You are waiting for someone to perform with/ And don’t you know, that its just you?/ Hey Jude, you’ll do." Because just holy shit, doesn’t everyone (or at least, me, right now) need someone to be like "hey, you are okay, you can do it". Its like Paul telling Jude that even though his dad has dissapointed him, he doesn’t need him, he can be his own man without him. And then the chorus swells and all of the guys start joining in and even John is singing and its like the whole song gets stronger and more triumphant, like they are sending Jude out into the world. And that line about carrying the world on your shoulders is so drenched in teen angst, because Jude is just a boy and Paul gets it because he had been that young not that long ago. But by the time he wrote that song he had grown up and could now give advice to a kid not that much younger than he had been when they started the band.
Wow that was really long, I’m sorry I just have a lot of feelings.
Saw my uncle perform in his Beatles cover band over the weekend and those lines - ”Let it out, let it in, hey Jude, begin/ You are waiting for someone to perform with/ And don’t you know, that its just you?/ Hey Jude, you’ll do.” - really got to me, too.