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The Beatles - "Hey Jude" - Live 1968




On this day The Beatles filmed promotional clips for ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Revolution’ at Twickenham Film Studios. They arrived at the studios at 1.30pm and worked until evening. The set, at the studio’s stage one, had been assembled over the previous three days.


Only The Beatles’ lead and backing vocals were recorded live, although instruments and amplifiers were set up. The Musicians’ Union had placed a ban on miming, and the live vocals were an attempt to hide this. The completed films – two for each song, both in colour – were directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, whom had worked with The Beatles on the clips for ‘Paperback Writer’ and ‘Rain’ in 1966.





‘Hey Jude’ was the first to be made, and featured Paul McCartney seated at an upright piano, John Lennon and George Harrison on a nearby podium with guitars, and Ringo Starr positioned on a drum riser behind them.


A 36-piece orchestra was also assembled, the members wearing white tuxedos, and 300 extras were brought in for the finale. The latter had been recruited after 20 students handed out leaflets in the area, and The Beatles’ assistant Mal Evans invited a number of fans from outside EMI Studios.


The video was first broadcast on David Frost’s Frost On Sunday show, four days after it was filmed. At that point transmission was in black and white although the promo was originally shot in colour. It was first aired in America a month later on 6 October 1968, on The Smotheres Brothers Comedy Hour.






Lyrics


Hey, Jude, don't make it bad

Take a sad song and make it better

Remember to let her into your heart

Then you can start to make it better


Hey, Jude, don't be afraid

You were made to go out and get her

The minute you let her under your skin

Then you begin to make it better


And anytime you feel the pain,

Hey, Jude, refrain

Don't carry the world upon your shoulders

For well you know that it's a fool

Who plays it cool

By making his world a little colder


Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah


Hey, Jude, don't let me down

You have found her, now go and get her

Remember to let her into your heart

Then you can start to make it better


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


Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah nah yeah


Hey, Jude, don't make it bad

Take a sad song and make it better

Remember to let her under your skin

Then you'll begin to make it better, better, better, better, better... oh!


Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (Jude)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (don't make it bad, Jude)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (take a sad song and make it better)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (oh, Jude)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (Jude, hey, Jude, whoa)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude (ooh)

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude

Nah, nah nah, nah nah, nah, nah, nah nah,

Hey, Jude [fade out]