The world loves the Beatles classic “Hey Jude.” One of the things that makes the song so special is learning that the song was written for John Lennon's first son, Julian. But as it turns out, Julian has a very complicated relationship with the song.
“(I have a) love-hate with it, I have to say,” admits Julian. “I’m thankful for the song without question. But… the other real thing is that people don’t really understand that (it’s) a stark and dark reminder of what actually happened.”
Julian is the son of the late Lennon and his ex-wife, Cynthia, whom John left for Yoko Ono in 1968. So for Julian, “Hey Jude”- written by close friend Paul McCartney as a message to Julian- is a reminder that “dad walked out, walked away- left Mum and I. That was a point of complete change and complete disruption and complete darkness and sadness.”
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Julian Lennon, the oldest of John Lennon's two sons, is hoping he can spend quality time reminiscing about his dad with Paul McCartney.
He made the admission during an appearance on Bill Maher’s Club Random podcast when recalling meeting McCartney at London's Heathrow Airport last November.
“We sat there chatting away for a little bit.
“We keep saying, and he keeps telling me, we’re going to try and push for this, this year, sooner than later anyway. He keeps telling me, ‘I’ve got so many stories about your dad that I’ve never told anybody that I want you to hear about.'
“And you know, he gave me some samples I thought I’d never heard before. But we just got to find the time and lock in to do that."
As for his relationship with McCartney, he says it's "weird,” noting that they're "close but we’re not that close.”
McCartney wrote "Hey Jude" for Julian after his father left his mom Cynthia for Yoko Ono. He was 17 when his father was killed in 1980.