The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” was originally “Hey Dude,” revealed Paul McCartney.
“Some people claim the song was meant to comfort John Lennon’s son [Julian] during his parents’ divorce,” said McCartney, in an exclusive interview Friday. “Even John Lennon thought it was about himself.”
“But, let me tell you something,” continued McCartney, “It was meant to be completely ambiguous; originally titled ‘Hey Dude’ so that anyone can identify with it. I don’t really understand the title the song was released under: the studio made us use ‘Hey Jude.’ But what’s a ‘Jude’ anyway? I wonder if they wanted to sound anti-Semitic or something.”