There is no doubt that Paul McCartney is an accomplished songwriter whose songs reached all corners of the world. Although McCartney touched upon many’s hearts with his lyrics, it seems this wasn’t always the case with John Lennon’s son Julian. Speaking to iHeartRadio’s Emily Curl, Julian admitted that he didn’t understand what McCartney intended to say in ‘Hey Jude’ when he was younger.
When John Lennon met the love of his life, Yoko Ono, he was still married to Cynthia Lennon. After things got serious between the two, John left Cynthia and their son Julian. During John’s divorce, McCartney hopped into a car to visit Cynthia and Julian and came up with the song ‘Hey Jules,’ which later became ‘Hey Jude.’
Although Lennon thought it was a song written for him and Ono, he was wrong. McCartney wrote ‘Hey Jude’ to comfort Julian as the divorce was difficult for him to handle. However, the five-year-old Julian didn’t understand ‘Hey Jude’ was a song written just for him.
“I think one of the things I’ve tried to offer up is a clearer understanding of my perspective on this,” Julian said about his new approach to Macca’s song before revealing that he initially didn’t understand what the lyrics intended to say. “Obviously, as a kid, his lyrics and the song at the age of five didn’t really mean too much. Of course, it was only later in life that I realized what it was all about. I’m very thankful for his support in having written that song.”
Julian then continued, admitting it was a dark period for him, “A lot of people don’t realize it was also a dark reminder of what actually did happen with dad walking out the door, leaving mum and I on our own to fend for ourselves, and that was the case. People think it was a different situation: everything was hunky-dory, and there was lots of money in the back. That was never ever the case. The thing that was most important to me was looking after mum. She was the be-all and end-all of life for me. It was about looking after her, still is about making her proud.”
Understandably, Julian Lennon didn’t initially understand ‘Hey Jude’ was about him, but Paul McCartney’s sole purpose in writing that song was to comfort him during the divorce. It seems like Julian later found out what McCartney intended to do, and now he is thankful for the Beatle’s support.