|McCartney's handwriting of Hey Jude lyric|
Source: The Beatles Bible
The song was written by Paul McCartney to comfort the 5-year-old Julian Lennon during his parents' separation due to John Lennon's affair with Yoko Ono.
In 1968, McCartney visited Cynthia Lennon and her son, Julian. He thought about them and started to write the song, which was formerly written as "Hey Jules", along the journey.
Although he knew that the song was written for his son, Lennon said that he always heard the song as if it were about him. (Sheff, 2000) "If you think about it," Lennon said "Yoko's just come into the picture."
McCartney first performed the song to Lennon in July 1968. At that time he was about to remove the line "the movement you need is on your shoulder", but Lennon said, "that's the best line in it (the song)." (Miles, 1997) Thereafter, McCartney decided to leave the line in.
Julian found out that the song was about him around twenty years later, in 1987. He said that he had a good friendship with McCartney and even "there seem to be far more pictures of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are pictures of me and dad." according to the Mojo Magazine, 2002, as been quoted by The Beatles Bible.
|McCartney and Julian|
The Beatles Bible
Sheff, David. 2002. All We Are Saying.
Miles, Barry. 1998. Many Years From Now.