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
This was the Beatles longest single, running 7:11, and at the time was the longest song ever released as a single. Paul McCartney wrote this as “Hey Jules” a song meant to comfort John Lennon’s 5-year-old son Julian as his parents were getting a divorce. Then he changed the name to “Jude” because he thought that sounded a bit better.
This version of the story simply does not satisfy an entire contingent of listeners. They know a drug song when they hear one but Julian Lennon is definitely the inspiration for Hey Jude.