Hey Jude chords & lyrics

by The Beatles

  • Hey Jude was written by Paul McCartney - credited to Lennon/McCartney.
  • Recorded: Trident Studios, London between July 31st and August 2nd, 1968.
  • Released: Aug 26th, 1968.
  • Album: The Beatles - 1
  • Music: F Major in 4/4 time at ~ 78 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: F, F7, C, C7, B♭, Dm, Gm7, E♭

Hey Jude by The Beatles

Time Signature: 4/4

        F                     C
1. Hey Jude___ Don't make it bad
          C7                    F
   Take a sad song and make it bet-ter
       Bb                                F
   Re-mem-ber___ To let her in-to your heart
                  C7              F
   Then you can start to make it bet-ter

        F                   C
2. Hey Jude___ Don't be a-fraid
            C7                 F
  You were made to go out and get her
      Bb                               F
  The min-ute you let her un-der your skin
              C7              F
  Then you be-gin to make it bet-ter

      F7                           Bb          Dm         Gm7
Bridge: And any-time you feel the pain___ Hey Jude___ Re-frain
                           C7               F
        Don't car-ry the world u-pon your should-ers
      F7                               Bb       Dm      Gm7
        For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool
                         C7             F
        By mak-ing his world a lit-tle cold-er
                    F7       C        C7
        Na na na___ Na na___ Na na___ Na  | na...    |2/4|    (Hey) |4/4|

        F                    C
3. Hey Jude___ Don't let me down
              C7                   F
   You have found her  now go and get her
      Bb                              F
   Re-mem-ber to let her in-to your heart
                 C7               F
   Then you can start to make it bet-ter

      F7                         Bb         Dm        Gm7
Bridge: So let it out and let it in___ Hey Jude___ Be-gin
                                        C7             F
        You’re wait-ing for some-one to per-form with
      F7                                  Bb          Dm            Gm7
        And don't you know that it's just you___ Hey Jude___ You'll do
                           C7               F
        The move-ment you need is on your should-er
                    F7       C        C7             
        Na na na___ Na na___ Na na___ Na  | na...   |2/4|     (Hey) |4/4|

        F                     C
4. Hey Jude___ Don't make it bad
          C7                    F
   Take a sad song and make it bet-ter
      Bb                                 F
   Re-mem-ber___ To let her un-der your skin
               C7              F
   Then you be-gin to make it bet-ter bet-ter bet-ter bet-ter bet-ter bet-ter oh
  
       F           Eb             Bb                  F
Outro: Na na na___ Na na na na___ Na na na na___ Hey Jude   ...repeat to fade
  

F Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

Notes:

  • Level Of Ease: Moderate - need to know some barre chords, e.g., B♭, E♭, and Gm7.
  • Song Key: F Major (1 Flat - B♭)
  • Notice the timing changes at the end of each Bridge. The C7 on the last 'Na' holds for a bar and a half (6 beats). This is written as a 2/4 bar followed by a 4/4 bar... the original time signature (6 beats in all).
  • There are several ways of playing these chords. I have charted the more commonly used forms of each chord.

    The easiest way to play F7 is 131211- perhaps a better sounding F7 is 131241... although a little harder to play, it is well worth the effort. The same applies to Gm7... 353363.
  • The Outro is repeated again and again which seems like an eternity, but stick with it as it's a great exercise in practicing fairly difficult chord changes - by the end of the song you'll be an expert!
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