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“Hey Jude” a timeless truth

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.  


About Connor O'Brien

I am Connor O'Brien. I am a Pastoral Ministries major at Northwest University. I am currently on staff at New Life Church in Renton, Washington. I have a passion for people, and for equipping the next generation.

4 responses to ““Hey Jude” a timeless truth

  1. emilygpotts ⋅

    This song is one of my dad’s favorites and mine as well. This song is catchy and has been around for generations. One of the things that I thought about while reading this is, “Will the youth of this generation appreciate a song like this?” It is a sad realization that some kids would rather listen to songs about “taking dirty” then about getting through the hard times. Although this song has been around for many generations, I think that as we see the world progress, and the youth become more exposed to explicit things that songs like “Hey Jude” will be ignored. As pastors I think it is important that we take into consideration the messages that our kids are being exposed to and encourage them to listen to uplifting music and lead a life that is uplifting to the people around them.

  2. fredgenther13 ⋅

    The first time I had heard this song I was very young and it was my aunt Judy’s birthday. Someone started playing “Hey Jude” as she walked in (it was a surprise party). So whenever I hear this song it reminds me of that party, I have no clue why it is so vivid in my memory. I always thought that it was about my aunt who can make things better. After reading this post I listened to it again and heard a very different song than I had been used too. I think this song is still very popular and played often enough to make it relevant when it came out in the late 60’s and today. I find it interesting that John Lennon recognized the hurt the divorce might cause his child.

  3. jenniferlancheros13 ⋅

    I have heard this song many times but have never listened to the lyrics completely, other than the Hey Jude part. Listening to it, it seems that the song is a depressing love song. After reading your post, I learned a lot about it, and that the tone does not reflect the words of the song completely.
    I am glad that you chose to wrote your blog on this, because it is a very encouraging song. It is definitely a “timeless” song as you say, and can be used for very positive messages.
    It is so important for the culture growing up to know how important it is that we can make it through the bad times.
    My follow up question is, how would you, within the church, use this song?

    • I think that this song, as I mentioned briefly in the blog, can open the door to a scripture such as Philippians 4:13, and off of that some could use it for a sermon illustration, or even a talking point in a small group. It really is a timeless song, and even though many people in today’s world turn to other more explicit songs, it is a great song that will still be an encouragement for years to come. I don’t see the Beatles becoming unpopular anytime soon, so it will be interesting to see how it will effect the youth of tomorrow.

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