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 Don't carry the world upon your shoulders

Don't carry the world upon your shoulder 

Where shouldn't you carry the world?

"Hey Jude" is one of the most popular songs in The Beatles' catalogue.

Packing in over 7 minutes of music, and remaining extremely popular since its release.

So, imagine a ton of people questioning the infamous lyric "Don't carry the world upon your shoulder". Many have said that the word 'shoulder' is plural. Thus, the lyric must be "Don't carry the world upon your shoulders". However, this is not the case today.

The song was written by Paul McCartney to help cheer up John Lennon's young son, Julian, who was upset at the break-up of his mother and father at the time.  It was originally called "Hey Jules".


"Hey Jude" was the first Beatles single released on their new Apple label, and the first recorded on an 8-track tape recorder. It was written by Paul McCartney, and when John Lennon first heard it, he thought it was about him. A 36 piece orchestra was hired - 10 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos etc.Paul McCartney himself ended up conducting them - whilst standing on a grand piano. The song was finished and mixed at Abbey Road, but recorded at Trident Studios.

There was controversy when the publicity for the single began. Jude is German for Jew, and when Hey Jude was written across the windows of the closed Apple Boutique shop, the local Jewish community were enraged. McCartney claimed he had no idea of these connotations.

Other Beatles Mandela Effects

Like another British rock band of the era, The Beatles (or rather John Lennon) are the subjects of several Mandela Effects. Ranging from John Lennon's suit in "Imagine", to Yoko Ono's apparent death after John Lennon.

It seems the more popular the band or song, the more likely a Mandela Effect is to be found within in, which is a paradox since you shouldn't see any discrepancies in works which are so well-known.