Julian Lennon reveals his feelings towards Beatles classic Hey Jude

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21 Sep 2023, 14:13

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Hey Jude is one of the most beloved songs of all-time, but what does Julian Lennon, son of the iconic John Lennon, think of it?

The Beatles anthem, with its iconic “Na-na-na na” refrain, was released in 1968 as a non-album track. Like so many songs from the Fab Four, it is seen as a classic.

Speaking about Hey Jude though, Julian Lennon has revealed his “love-hate” relationship with it.

During an interview on the Club Random With Bill Maher podcast, the musician said: "l have a love-hate with it, I have to say. I've probably heard that song and heard renditions of [it] more than most people alive. And even my dear friends send me babies in nappies playing guitars singing Hey Jude, which I really don't need."

He continued: “I’m thankful for the song without question. But … the other real thing is that people don’t really understand that [it is] a stark and dark reminder of actually what happened.

“The fact that dad walked out, walked away – left mum and I. That was a point of complete change and complete disruption and complete darkness and sadness. I mean, I was only three, but I recognised that something was up, you know?”

In May 1968, John Lennon and his wife Cynthia separated due to the former’s affair with Yoko Ono. Hey Jude's original title was Hey Jules, and Paul McCartney wrote it with the intention of comforting Julian from the stress of his parents' separation. John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in 1969.

Musician, photographer and author Julian released an album called Jude last year. He told our own Chris Evans that he named it such as a way of “accepting the history and legacy.”

He added: “It's the end of a chapter for me, I think so. I used to be fearful of a lot of situations and quite anxious. And I'm not anymore. I've worked through a lot of that in the last couple of years with all the other work that I've been doing as well. I just feel that courting… not controversy… but certainly calling the album Jude is not to move away from any of that history. It's actually taking it head on.”