The 1960’s was an era of psychedelic drugs, anti war protests, and also an era of music that shaped the way that music would be written for years to come. From Led Zeppelin to The Monkey’s, the 1960’s were full of influential bands who are still being listened to today. Arguably the most influential band in history came out of this era was a band that was led by a young man by the name of Paul McCartney. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Star and George Harrison were the teen icons of the day. Their image was unlike anyone had ever seen before, 4 British gentlemen who had shaggy hair, and could command an audience with ease. All of this mixed with their ability to write songs and work a crowed landed them as rock god’s in this era. One of their most, if not their most famous songs is called “Hey Jude”, written by Paul McCartney and George Harrison in 1968.
The song was written for John Lennon’s son, Julian to help him get through the divorce that John and his wife Cynthia were going through. Paul viewed himself as part of the family, so one day he decided to drive out to Cynthia’s house, and the lyrics came to him on his way there. He started to sing “Hey Jules – Don’t make it bad, take a sad song and make it better”, but he later changed the lyric to Jude because he like the name, and it was one of the characters on Oklahoma. Because this song was written for Julianto help him through his parents divorce, when listening to the song there is a very upbeat happy tone to it. Almost as if it is an encouragement to anyone and everyone who listens that “you can make it through the tough times.”
There is much to gain by listening to this song, and even in the 60’s where it seemed as though everyone was looking to find themselves, it serves as a reminder that even if society disowns you for trying to become who you think you are, you will be able to make it through. In a time where people were trying to find out who they really were, there was insecurities, and many other side affects that came along side insecurities.
Though this song was written in 1968, it has a timeless message that can speak to anyone in any generation. The idea that you can make it through everything brings into mind Philippians 4:13, and that verse says “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” It is very easy to tie this song into a pastoral approach, and could even be used as a sermon illustration. It brigs out emotions, it brings hope, but most of all it is directly in line with many biblical truths that we find from scripture, especially Philippians 4:13. It is as if Paul is saying “Your world is falling apart, but you’re going to be just fine”, this is the same message that Philippians 4:13 is saying. No matter what happens in your life, God is going to help you overcome your adversities.
All in all, this is a great song by a great band that will be forever played. It is encouraging, uplifting, and it instills hope into all that hear it.