Hey Jude chords & lyrics

by The Beatles

Hey Jude was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was recorded at Trident Studios in London between July 31st and August 2nd, 1968 and the single released on Aug 26th, 1968 from the album of the same name. The song is also featured on the album, The Beatles - 1.

Music: F Major in 4/4 time at ~ 78 bpm (♩)
Chords: F, F7, C, C7, B♭, Dm, Gm7, E♭
The Beatles - song starts at 0:56

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

Red numbers: Finger positions/notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
Optional Note (4): If you don't play optional note, do play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          F                  F7                   C                C7                Dm 
  e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
  B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|(4)|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|-3-|
  G |-1-|-2-|---|   G |-1-|-2-|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|-4-|   G |---|-2-|---|
  D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |-1-|---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|---|
  A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|-3-|---|   A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|---|---|
  E |-1-|---|---|   E |-1-|---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3   4         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3

          F                Bb                  Gm7                   Eb                  Eb 
  e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
  B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|-4-|   B |-1-|---|---|(4)|   B |-1-|-2-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|-4-| 
  G |---|-2-|---|   G |-1-|---|-3-|   G |-1-|---|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|---|   G |-1-|---|-3-|
  D |---|---|-3-|   D |-1-|---|-2-|   D |-1-|---|---|---|   D |---|---|-3-|---|   D |-1-|---|-2-| 
  A |---|---|---|x  A |-1-|---|---|   A |-1-|---|-3-|---|   A |---|---|---|-4-|   A |-1-|---|---|
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |-1-|---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         3   4   5   6         3   4   5   6         6   7   8


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       F                  F7                   C                C7                Dm 
 |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e
 |---|---|-1-| B   |(4)|---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |-3-|---|---| B
 |---|-2-|-1-| G   |---|---|-2-|-1-| G   |---|---|---| G   |-4-|---|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G
 |-4-|---|-1-| D   |---|---|---|-1-| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|---|---| D
 |-3-|---|-1-| A   |---|-3-|---|-1-| A   |-3-|---|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A
 |---|---|-1-| E   |---|---|---|-1-| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         4   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets
   
       F                Bb                  Gm7                   Eb                  Eb
 |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e
 |---|---|-1-| B   |-4-|---|-1-| B   |(4)|---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-2-|-1-| B   |-4-|---|-1-| B
 |---|-2-|---| G   |-3-|---|-1-| G   |---|---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|---|-1-| G   |-3-|---|-1-| G
 |-3-|---|---| D   |-2-|---|-1-| D   |---|---|---|-1-| D   |---|-3-|---|---| D   |-2-|---|-1-| D
x|---|---|---| A   |---|---|-1-| A   |---|-3-|---|-1-| A   |-4-|---|---|---| A   |---|---|-1-| A
x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|---|-1-| E  x|---|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         6   5   4   3         6   5   4   3         8   7   6   Frets

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... see charts above.
  • 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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