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THE STORIES BEHIND 10 CLASSIC BEATLES SONGS

What inspired the Fab Four

A new love affair, a child’s drawing, something remembered from a dream—a songwriter’s inspiration can come from anywhere. And the Beatles proved it. Click through for the creative secrets behind 10 timeless tunes by the Fab Four—starting with “Hey Jude,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks exactly 50 years ago.

10Hey Jude

“And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain / Don’t carry the world upon your shoulders”

Paul McCartney wrote this song to John Lennon’s five-year-old son Julian, whose parents were in the midst of a divorce. McCartney, who had a close bond with his fellow Beatle’s child, originally sang “Hey Julian,” and then “Hey Jules,” as he developed the lyrics. Ironically, John Lennon later said he thought “Hey Jude” was a message of reassurance from Paul to him.

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