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Hello Goodbye:

--- Quote from: Hombre_de_ningun_lugar on February 19, 2013, 04:47:00 AM ---...and what the song meant at that time for the youth (e.g. the French May), it's very hard to beat it. "Take a sad song and make it better" was a wonderful image, and it still works today in different situations of life.

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As a teenage college student in the Fall of 1968, I can tell you that Hey Jude meant nothing to those of us who were proactive at a very tumultuous time in United States history.  There was an escalating war in Viet Nam due to the Tet Offensive earlier in the year and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy and the riots that followed were still fresh in our minds.  Songs like Abraham, Martin and John, Street Fighting Man, and Time Has Come Today were a whole lot more relevant to us.  There was also a resurgence of folk songs like "Where Have All The Flowers Gone" and "Blowin' In The Wind" which held very great meaning for us in late 1968.  But Hey Jude was a very popular song.  It was #1 for 9 weeks.  It held meaning for someone, somewhere.  But not for those of us concerned with the future of this country.

The 1968 French May Protests was a noted anarchist uprising initiated by a few spoiled French students which quickly escalated to a mass student and workers strike.  It fizzled out just as quickly as it began.  Even their slogans defied any cogent political interpretation...








The protests were over before Hey Jude was released.  The De Gaulle goverment was stronger than ever after the June election.

Hello Goodbye:
It took a year, but in late 1969 The Rolling Stones spoke strongly for the movement with Gimme Shelter...


The Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter Live Pop Go The Sixites 1969


...in their own Rolling Stones way.   :)

Bobber:

--- Quote from: nimrod on February 18, 2013, 10:19:50 PM ---One of Pauls greatest songs IMO, but who is it that swears during the song ?

At 2:58 of the song, someone can allegedly be heard to say, "f***ing hell!" There is some dispute as to who said this, and whether it was really exclaimed at all. Sound engineers Ken Scott and Geoff Emerick claim the exclamation came from McCartney, and that it was Lennon's idea to leave the mistake in the final mix. "'Paul hit a clunker on the piano and said a naughty word,' Lennon gleefully crowed, 'but I insisted we leave it in, buried just low enough so that it can barely be heard. Most people won't ever spot it...but we'll know it's there.'" However, in the book Recording the Beatles, engineer Malcolm Toft recalls, "Barry Sheffield engineered 'Hey Jude', but I mixed it... John Lennon says a very rude word about halfway through the song. At 2:59 you will hear a 'Whoa!' from him in the background. About two seconds later you will hear, 'f***ing hell!' This was because when he was doing a vocal backing, Barry sent him the foldback level [headphone volume] too loud and he threw the cans on the ground and uttered the expletive. But, because it had been bounced down [mixed] with the main vocal, it could not be removed. I just managed to bring the fader down for a split second on the mix to try to lessen the effect." Others argue that the voice is Ringo Starr's.

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It was even discussed at DM's: http://www.dmbeatles.com/forums/index.php?topic=4354.msg94828#msg94828

Klang:

Loved it from the start. Can still give me goosebumps.

 :)

Kangaroo Kev:

--- Quote from: Bobber on February 19, 2013, 09:26:21 AM ---It was even discussed at DM's: http://www.dmbeatles.com/forums/index.php?topic=4354.msg94828#msg94828

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one of those things we'll never know..

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