And any time you feel the pain
Hey Jude, refrain
Don't carry the world upon your shoulder

The Beatles - Hey Jude lyrics meaning

Meaning

Paul McCartney did not want Julian Lennon to carry the world upon his shoulders and feel responsible for John and Cynthia Lennon's separation. Julian had a very difficult relationship with his father; following his parents' divorce, he rarely saw John. Indeed, Julian claims that he spent more time with Paul than he did with John:

"I've never really wanted to know the truth about how Dad was with me. There was some very negative stuff talked about me, like when he said I'd come out of a whiskey bottle on a Saturday night. Stuff like that. You think, where's the love in that? Paul and I used to hang about quite a bit, more than Dad and I did. We had a great friendship going and there seems to be far more pictures of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are pictures of me and my dad."
-The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song, Steve Turner

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