If there is one song that we would say best defines the Beatles’ second half of their career together, it would be “Hey Jude.” It has a catchy melody, some impressive lyrics, and also a portion of the song that is so out there that the Beatles would have never put it together during their early days. It’s weird, but whimsical at the same time.
So for “Glee” to cover it? It’s pretty much an impossible task, since this song is a beast from start to finish, and the sound is so iconic that there is nothing that you can really do to twist it and make it into something else. Overall, the gang at least gives this a good try. The best parts are when Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Darren Criss (Blaine) try to anchor some of the versus. You can hear a little bit of Becca Tobin (Kitty) and Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) in here, as well.
The only problem at all that we have with this version? The length. This version clocks in at almost five minutes, while the original is over seven. Heck, over half of the original version is in the “na na na na” part. One of the joys to us of “Hey Jude” is that it almost eventually forces you into singing the refrain along with the boys, even if you try to stay away for as long as possible. It’s just such an impossibly-long time to avoid it. “Glee” lets you off easy, and actually ends the song rather than letting it drift away.
Want to hear some more “Glee” music from Thursday’s “Tina in the Sky with Diamonds”? Then just check out the links below.
1. The cover of “Get Back” by Chris Colfer (Kurt) and Lea Michele (Rachel).
2. The cover of “Here Comes the Sun” by Naya Rivera (Santana) and Demi Lovato (Dani).