All My Favorite Songs #12: Hey Jude
Still, I've never quite shed my lifelong love for the song. It was an early favorite for me; one of the songs that instigated my undying love for the Beatles when I was first exploring the FM dial as a kid. It offers one of Paul's finest and mostly timeless melodies, which dug its hooks in when I was young and never really let go. And those harmonies! And say what you will about Paul's occasional banality, but tell me that opening line--"Hey Jude, don't make it bad. Take a sad song and make it better"--isn't deeply embedded in the subconscious of everyone who's ever heard it. And I like the endless nah-nah-nah-nah coda. So there!