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9 September 2020
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Timothy said

I have avoided certain songs for that reason in the past. But even after a good solid rest the familiarity is still so strong. It’s something that can’t be reduced.

  

I think with this song especially, the familiarity doesn’t go away with time because the song is very straightforward.  It’s even kind of sparse, in that it’s not the kind of song you’re going to be hearing new things every time you listen to it.  It’s pretty simple, but obviously a great song. 

I’ve always liked the encouraging aspects of the lyrics.  This is one of those songs I think about as an example that Paul can write very good lyrics.  Even though (as I said previously) I think the “movement you need is on your shoulder” is kind of an awkward way to put it.

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I have a memory of one early version of the lyrics having the “nah nah nah” parts as “banana” (*ba-nah-nah-nah), is that delusional madness or is that correct? If so, it turns it into a joke related to the creation of Apple, which was at the same time, and would be pretty cool.

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I believe it was reported in ‘The Beatles Book Monthly’ but all my copies are boxed in the loft and I’m not risking falling thru with no one here.

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Something that regularly comes to mind when listening to this.

Was there any reaction when ‘Hey Jude ‘ was released due to its length and the coda? I also always wonder if the orchestra coming in after the na-na-nas started got a raised eyebrow since they are nowhere to be heard in the first part of the song. 
I recall there being concerns of whether it would get radio play and John saying it would because it was The Beatles but was that ever a problem? ‘McArthur Park’, which ran for over 7 minutes, had been issued and reached #4 in the UK and Dylan had songs that ran for days (tho weren’t singles so I doubt got much coverage on the radio).

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I recall there being concerns of whether it would get radio play and John saying it would because it was The Beatles but was that ever a problem?

You know you’ve well and truly made it when a comment like this gets made, and it’s completely true. Literally anything could be released, such as Revolution 9 , and it’s going into the history books as a sacred musical recording. 

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Radio stations here (in Melbourne) would regularly fade the song out as the coda started. That seldom happens these days, though.

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When me and my gf went to the Beatles Tribute Concert in January 2020 this song got her crying. I think she never heard it before and it really got her especially when the whole audience was singing along. 

This is song has so much impact. Its massive. 

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I love the “eye conversation” between Paul and John at this point in the official video:

 

Paul is singing, so he’s definitely not whispering or mouthing words, but they manage to have a meaningful exchange.

 

I also think this video (and Revolution ) is peak hotness for Paul. beatlemaniacs_02_gif

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AdamBound’s re-edit/remaster of all the 30 July session footage that circulates (18 minutes 42 seconds), filmed for the 1969 documentary Music!, which was made by the National Music Council of Great Britain.

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KyleKartan said
When me and my gf went to the Beatles Tribute Concert in January 2020 this song got her crying. I think she never heard it before and it really got her especially when the whole audience was singing along. 

This is song has so much impact. Its massive. 

  

Which is why I think it’s Paul’s best Beatles song. It totally captures what I think his musical spirit and thus personality is all about. Melody, positivity and cheering up the world. 

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Here’s what happens when you have Disney on the brain while watching the AdamBound video RN posted…

These lines

So let it out and let it in, Hey Jude , begin, You’re waiting for someone to perform with. And don’t you know that it’s just you, Hey Jude , you’ll do, The movement you need is on your shoulder.

become the backdrop to Elsa in the cave singing Show Yourself with her mother “Are you the one I’ve been looking for all of my life? // You are the one you’ve been waiting for…All of your life.”

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1. Is Hey Jude the only Beatles (+ Solo Beatles) song to use the syllable “na na” ?

2.  Why did Paul choose “na na” rather than other alternatives (“la la” etc.)?

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Listen to the ending of Run For Your Life to answer your first question.

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On the subject of related songs; are ‘Here Comes The Sun ‘ and ‘Oh! Darling ‘ the only two tracks that feature “Darling”? The thought came last week and it nicely added into my ‘Abbey Road ‘ cross-reference Beatles master plan.

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meanmistermustard said
On the subject of related songs; are ‘Here Comes The Sun ‘ and ‘Oh! Darling ‘ the only two tracks that feature “Darling”? The thought came last week and it nicely added into my ‘Abbey Road ‘ cross-reference Beatles master plan.

  

Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry ~Golden Slumbers

Darling, I love you ~Words Of Love

‘Cause you know, darling, I love only you ~Don’t Pass Me By

But Darling, I’m imprisoned by these chains ~Chains

All my lovin’ (ooh), darlin’, I’ll be true ~All My Loving

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Well there goes that theory.

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Music is a funny business. I find that I can appreciate a song but not necessarily like it and fall in love with a song that I know isn’t going to catch fire with others.

A fine example would be – My favourite Beatles songs – 1. It Won’t Be Long . 2. Strawberry Fields – I know that SF is a ‘better’ song in so many ways and happens to top a lot of Beatles song lists. It Won’t Be Long on the other hand doesn’t make much of a mark in Beatles song popularity but god damn there’s just something magical about it that shakes me to the core and makes it my number 1, despite the fact I know there are many ‘better’ Beatles songs’ But what does ‘better’ mean?…

And in response to the OP here lies the issue I believe. I too don’t like Hey Jude that much. Yet I totally appreciate the song as a brilliant hit single. Maybe its because I’ve heard it everywhere and I just got sick of it somewhere down the line I don’t know. But the thing with music is – and particularly lists – we tend to place more importance on songs that are ‘epic’ and ‘comprehensive’. So e.g. Let it Be will always be considered a classic whether you’re in the mood or not (I love it but again a bit sick of hearing it so rarely play it) and will always be placed above say something like Lovely Rita , despite me preferring the latter.

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