Hey Judeb chords & lyrics

by The Beatles

Song Details

The Beatles

Writer: Paul McCartney   Credited: Lennon/McCartney

Album: Hey Jude

Recorded:Trident Studios in London, 31st July - 2nd August 1968

Released: 26th Aug, 1968

Genre: Rock pop

Music: F Major in 4/4 time at ~ 78 bpm (♩)
Chords: F, F7, C, C7, B♭, Dm, Gm7, E♭
  • F: xx3211 OR 133211
  • F7: 131211
  • C: x32010
  • C7: x32310
  • B♭: x13331
  • Dm: x00231
  • Gm7: 353333 / 353363
  • E♭: x65343 OR x68886

Charts

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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