Monday, April 30, 2007

Hey Jude/ Nebraska/ & Hey Jude again

...and no this post title is not the name of a Sufjan Stevens song...

New York is great. Just when I was thinking that I was suffering from major writer's block a cab ride while listening to the radio triggered a flood of thoughts. Today it just so happened that my Sikh cabbie was listening to the oldies station, you gotta love the Sikhs for keeping it old school, when one of the most underrated incredible songs "Hey Jude" by the Beatles poped on

In the song Jude refers to Julian Lennon, John Lennon's son who often didn't get the daily attention he wanted from his dad. Julian of course would go on to one-hit wonder fame with his 1984 epic "Too Late for Goodbyes." As a weird sidenote, this song was big when my family used to live in Nebraska. Living in Omaha was awesome; we were the only Indian family for probably a hundred miles. Whenever my family sat down to eat dinner locals could rightfully claim that the Indian community of Omaha was having a meal by itself. The only noteworthy things that I remember about Nebraska are as follows:

1) Getting chased by a dog at recess in the playground of Bloomfield Elementary School
2) Having my awful neighbor steal my Zoids toy that my dad had brought for me from Japan...not that I'm still bitter or anything...
3) Accidentally setting fire to a wooden shed where the trash dumpsters by my house causing a fire truck to come and put it out

4) Getting an autographed picture of John McEnroe who made an appearance at the local mall
5) Getting to know my first best friend, Jimmy Buchanan...(a big hello to you, wherever you may be in the world/Nebraska)
6) Noticing how all activity in the state would cease every fall on Saturdays when the Cornhuskers were playing college football
7) Watching Prince's "Purple Rain" video on HBO repeatedly (yes they used to show music videos) and being utterly moved by it....this was really one of the first 3 videos I ever remembered seeing at this age, the other two were "Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats
8) Speaking of HBO, watching "Annie" at least 150,000 times during dinner. Gotta love Daddy Warbucks and his trusty butler. By the way, having a person named "Punjab" is akin to having Caucasian servant named "Whitey"
9) Learning in 1st grade that the word "island" is not pronounced "IS-land"
10) Learning to burn ants with a magnifying glass

But anyways, I digress. What makes "Hey Jude" so great is that it does everything it says it would do, it "take[s] a sad song and make[s] it better." The first half is so mopey and almost tragic. I mean here it is Paul McCartney telling his friend's son how to grip with his parent's divorce and it essentially tells the child that he can control his own happiness....and then, the chorus of "Hey Juuuudes" at the end has McCartney doing exactly what he's telling Julian to do; the song takes off into a euphoric celebration. It takes off so much to the point that you sorta forget how bittersweet the first half is.

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 any time you feel the pain, hey, Jude, refrain
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders
Well don't you know that its a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder

Hey, Jude! Don't let her 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

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

1 comment:

Asha said...

Shakes, I wouldn't say this is an underrated song at all. It's considered one of the greatest songs of all time by Rolling Stone and had the longest run at #1 for any Beatles song.