Hey Bulldog

Album: Yellow Submarine (1969)
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  • Sheepdog, standing in the rain
    Bullfrog, doing it again
    Some kind of happiness is
    Measured out in miles
    What makes you think you're
    Something special when you smile

    Childlike no one understands
    Jackknife in your sweaty hands
    Some kind of innocence is
    Measured out in years
    You don't know what it's like
    To listen to your fears

    You can talk to me
    You can talk to me
    You can talk to me
    If you're lonely, you can talk to me

    Big man (yeah) walking in the park
    Wigwam frightened of the dark
    Some kind of solitude is
    Measured out in you
    You think you know me, but you haven't got a clue

    You can talk to me
    You can talk to me
    You can talk to me
    If you're lonely, you can talk to me

    Hey hey


    Hey, bulldog (hey bulldog)


    Hey, bulldog
    Hey, bulldog
    Hey, bulldog

    Hey man

    Whats up brother?


    What do ya say

    I say, roof

    You know any more?

    Ah ah (you got it, that's it, you had it)
    That's it man, wo ho, that's it, you got it


    Look at me man, I only had ten children

    Ah ah ah ah ah ah ha ha ha ha
    Quiet, quiet (ok)
    Hey, bulldog, hey bulldog Writer/s: JOHN LENNON, PAUL MCCARTNEY
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 90

  • James F from WisconsinI have always heard the chorus as "If you're lonely, you can't talk to me" I took it as John's articulated horror of the fans clinging dependency on the group. I think he's pretty explicit in his fears and revulsions: "Jackknife in your sweaty hands." "Child like no one understands." "What makes you think you're something special when you smile." "You don't know what it's like to listen to your fears."
    And finally "You think you know me but you haven't got a clue."
    Of course in the end, he was right to be frighten of the fans the group had created.
    This interpretation would also help explain how little exposure the Beatles gave the song.

    Mick and Keith said something similar in 'It's only rock and roll"
    If I could stick a knife in my heart
    Suicide right on stage
    Would it be enough for your teenage lust
    Would it help to ease the pain?
  • Walt from Austin, TexasIn response to Adrian in Delaware.... I think it's John saying "... and I don't even have grandchildren."
  • Bridget from CoActually, I doubled checked the lyrics, and that was a lie, since he wants his dog back.
  • Bridget from CoMy favorite Youtuber could've been singing this with his dog in mind when he lost it.
  • Trebor from TexasJohan-Yawn. Come up with something new or retire.
  • Stringnavigator from Snowy Pines, CanadaMy way of digesting this song is to see it as humorous with a poignant undercurrent. Dog's life vs teen-age. Dog vs Man. We don't relate enough to our dogs. Perhaps we can't. The intro riff/theme reminds me of a dog pulling/tugging strongly on his leash, sniffing the scene like a detective in a movie, eyes darting all over. And the rest of the music reminds me of scampering dogs on a walk.
    All dogs must be walked, rain or shine. Doing it again... in the road. Pick it up... And they have a mating imperative. Hopping on each other like frogs. Dogs have a repetitive nature. Dogs are childlike. They don't speak and no one understands them when they try. Teens without haircuts outside in all weather, chasing the 'opposing' sex. Slang is one more differential that exists.
    They are brave when walked in the park, with their friends, but they get home and hide under a blanket in the dark. The teen hides in his room. Is the jack-knife (or switch-blade) the calling card of the street kid, or is it the instrument of castration for dogs - or emasculating the budding, street toughened teen.
    Measured... Teens and dogs are all about innocence, measured out in years. What an idiomatic phrase. They are not often happy. They are often alone. Or they seem distant.
    Comparisons: When a dog "laughs", he sticks out his tongue, shows his teeth and looks as if he is wise beyond his station. People worry, but dogs apparently do not. Dogs and people do not really understand each other.
    Lonely...? You can talk to me... Said by people and hinted at by dogs. Man's Best Friend! Often we only take dogs seriously when we're down.
    What do dogs hear when we greet them? Hey, bulldog! Hey, hey! Woah! Quiet! How do dogs reply? Woof! What do ya say, doggie? Sounds like roof. They don't know any more "words". Dog training... Here! Fetch a stick! Ah ah (you got it, that's it, you had it) That's it man, wo ho, that's it, you got it. If a dog could talk he might say, "Hey 'man'!" You could reply, "What's up brother?" You see ten nipples on a dog... Dog says, "Look at me man, I only had ten children!"
    For three minutes, Lennon puts us in a dog's 'paws'... Hear ourselves as dog's do. Parents to remember what teen-hood was like. Understand the silence of children and dogs...
  • Johan Cavalli from SwedenThe greatness of John Lennon's music, as I see it.

    --The accompaniment doesn't follow the vocal line. In the middle part of Hey Bulldog, the piano doesn't follow the singer. An innovation in pop music. The first one was Schumann in his songs.
    --The first rap song. The talking in the end of Hey Bulldog.
    --Scream as music. In the end of Hey Bulldog, Lennon is howling like a dog and then suddenly screaming. The combination of the screaming and the guitar playing behind is fantastic. The guitar is playing again and again the same melody, as if nothing has happened, despite the mad screaming. It's hypnotic great music.
  • Horst Pachulke from Berlin, GermanyOr maybe not "quiet" but rather "quell!"
  • Horst Pachulke from Berlin, GermanyAs far as I can hear, the lines should read the following:

    "Hey man - what's that, boy?


    What d'you say?

    I said woof!

    Yoo know any more?

    Wooaah ha ha ha!

    You're "geil" - that's it, you're great! You hit it! That's it, man!
    You're "geil"! Don't look at me man, I already have ten children!

    Youhu ihhh ahahhaaaaa

    Quiet, man, queit!


    Geil is a German slang-word, it stands for "cool/great/extraordinary" as well as for "randy / horny". As part of their career took place in the red-light-district in Hamburg, they for sure knew that word.
  • Simon from Birmingham, United KingdomLove this song - I was listening to some covers of it on Grooveshark earlier and this was my top 5.
  • Julian from Highland Park, IlThis song is about insanity and paranoia. "Big man, walking in the park. Wigwam, frightened of the dark. Some kind of solitude is measured out in you. You think you know me but you haven't got a clue." He's losing it. He just wants someone to talk to. "You can talk to me, if you're lonely you can talk to me." These words are directed at the bulldog. "Hey bulldog!"
  • Bill from Macungie, PaDid anyone notice that during the tribute Jeff Lynne actually sang "Hey Bullfrog"? A tribute to Lennon and the original name of the song?
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenThese are the top fourteen songs voted 2012 by MOJO readers and Beatles fans:
    1. Tomorrow Never Knows
    2 Hey Bulldog
    3. Rain
    4. Happiness Is a Warm Gun
    5. And Your Bird Can Sing
    6. For No One
    7. Dear Prudence
    8. It´s All Too Much
    9. Long Long Long
    10.I´m Only Sleeping
    11.You Know My Name
    12.Helter Skelter
    13.I Want You
    14.She Said She Said

    That is 10 Lennon, 2 McCartney and 2 Harrison
  • Johan from Stockholm, SwedenHey Bulldog is a masterpiece by Lennon, from spring 1968. The best moment is Lennon´s is screaming in the end, at the same time as the guitar is playing the same notes again and again, as if nothing has happened, hysterical, great music! Lennon wanted Across the Universe released as a single, but McCartney sabotaged it. Then Lennon wanted this one out as a A-single, but was stopped by George Martin and McCartney. Long time after it was released as a single, B-side of McCartney´s All together Now, persuaded by Martin and McCartney. Who will rememember All together Now ? During the Beatles epoch George Martin never realised Lennon´s genius. George Martin was always a supporter of McCartney´s more conventional music
  • J from Galt, CaI am inclined to agree w/ "- Mick, Las Vegas, NV". When I first really listed to the lyrics of this song (bad habit of mine to listen mainly to backing music way more than lyrics) I got the impression that it was about a tough long haired kid standing in the rain. "Sheepdog" was a commonly used derogatory phrase for kids who started wearing their hair long back in the early to mid 60's. You can even hear on an episode of Leave it to Beaver when Beaver's classmate called him a sheepdog because his hair was not neatly combed. I know the tendency of John to underplay his lyric meanings and I do think this is a song about John seeing a would-be street tough and knowing exactly what it was like to be that kid and telling him, "If you need someone to talk to, I know what it's like to be misunderstood". John and Paul had a lot of fun together before things got so nasty and them playing with the lyrics and barking in the end is just an example of that. I am also inclined to believe that Paul would not really have understood where John was really coming from with these lyrics and so he left it as if the whole thing was just "nonsense" or a joke silly song. However, even the opening melody and "evil spy-music" kinda guitar make this sound like the song is about a tough guy and the alternating portion of the music verses sounds more subdued...like as if a psychiatrist or other removed personality was standing apart and observing these "tough" personalities as people just covering up for some other insecurity.
  • Russ from Miami Springs, FlOne of the best Beatles songs, in my opinion. Eminently hummable, and a riff that gets in your head and won't leave. I find myself singing and vocalizing to it everywhere I go. I don't care for George's solo though...you know how when you run your feet sometimes get tangled up in each other and you fall? To me, it sounds like George's fingers got tangled up with each other and the notes just become a mish-mash, at least at the beginning of the solo. And to all the people pissing and moaning about "Yoko broke up the Beatles"...no, Paul broke up the Beatles...no, John broke up the Beatles... This may come as a shock, but no person broke up the Beatles; love did. Remember, John was absolutely crazy in love with Yoko, completely over the moon. At almost the same time Paul met Linda and he was totally in love with her as much as John was with Yoko. Remember when you were young and fell in love? Love makes you do stupid stuff, like ignoring a longstanding understanding not to bring girlfriends to recording sessions and other various and sundry idiotic things. Look at it this way; what if John had never met Yoko? Would Linda have contributed to or caused the breakup? And think of the music that never would have been...no Plastic Ono Band, no Imagine, no Give Peace a Chance. And maybe no Band On the Run, no Uncle Albert, no Let Me Roll It. Instead of pining away for what-might-have-beens, let's appreciate what we have, over 40 years of great music!!
  • Meocyber from Alma, Co One of the best piano intros of all rock history. The funky pounding sound is has is excellent. It's a fun song, yet John tosses in sharp intellectual references, " You can talk to me , if your lonely you can talk to me" , "fears" etc. Damned tasty guitar middle too.
  • Julia from Milton, PaI love this song. My favorite part is the crazyness at the end. Paul's barking is awesome!
  • Jinx from Abq, Nmwords refer to paul. like the walrus, making fun of paul's face jowls etc paul always plays the best bass parts on john's songs. And a sheepdog, and a bullfrog droopy jowls etc
  • Jema from South Portland, MeMy favorite part of this song is George's solo.I also like the part when John says "Do you know anymore?".
  • Nikolai from Los Angeles, CaOne of George's best guitar solos in this song. And yes, he played lead, Geoff Emerick (their sound engineer) made a point in his book of noting how quickly George was able to get the solo down.
  • Rj from Philapool, Pa"Ruff."
    "What'd ya say?"
    "I said, 'ruff'."
    "You know any more?"
    "ARF ARF ARF!"
    "Aaaaah HA-HA!"
    "That's it man, you got it! That's it! Whoo!"
    "Don't look at me man, I only have TEN children!"
    "Hahahaha....hey buuulldooog..."
  • Kevin from Munster, InJohn in Texas wrote
    >>>Just for you guitarists out there: In the Beatle's promotional film of "Hey Bulldog", George Harrison is seen playing a cherry red Gibson SG Standard (actually a Gibson Les Paul "SG" Standard circa 1961-62). "Hey Bulldog", "Paperback Writer" and "Lady Madonna" all feature this guitar with it's full growling tone. O.K., are you with me? George later gave this guitar to Eric Clapton shortly after he formed Cream. Clapton had "The Fool" (a Dutch husband-wife artist collaborative) give the SG a full-blown psychedelic paint job. Clapton utilized it throughout Cream's existence. When you hear "Crossroads" on "Wheels Of Fire", you're hearing that guitar. Todd Rundgren now owns this very fabled instrument. Hmm... didn't George Harrison give Eric Clapton a wife as well? Ah well... enjoy the rich tone as well as the irony.
    - John, Wimberley, TX

    John the only thing you got right is George had an SG that he gave away. The SG he is seen playing in these vids was given to Pete Hamm of Badfinger. Pete used it regularly throughout his days with Badfinger. After Pete killed himself, his brother found the guitar and case under Pete's bed, and continues to have it. Eric's '64 SG was bought by him in the early part of 1967. Clapton saw what the artists dfid to Georges Strat and wanted the same thing done to his SG. After some time the guitar became ratty and Eric (pay attention here) GAVE it to George. George in turn gave it to new Apple artist Jackie Lomax, who then sold it to Todd Rundgren for $500.00. Rundgren auctioned it off and got $150.000 for it. The buyer then turned around and sold it again for $500.000. I really hate when novices rewrite history. Check your facts first.
  • Eryn from Carlisle, IaI think John and Paul would be dissapointed to hear all of you bitching about what their songs meant. Why cant you just enjoy them? and if you have to have a meaning, pick the one you like and dont force others to beleive it means the same thing. Beleive what you want, but dont make others beleive the same if they dont want.
  • Dnnz from Aqp, PeruI totally disagree Erick, it was the end of touring what kept them together 'cause even Paul realized it was dreadful and useless to do concerts where nobody could listen to what they sang not even themselves and it was because of this that they could focus into crazy experimental studio recording that is when, in my opinion, they finally become the greatest band of all time. Anyway, all things must pass...
  • K from Nowhere, Onyou do realize that we're talking about the beatles, right? wigwam probably means absolutely nothing in this song. but its fun, and it makes me think of a sloth.
  • Rob from Gloucester, Mathis is about brian jones whom john was tryin to help with his massive drug use to no avail. keith was always telling anyone who would listen,including lennon,thatbrian was a bulldog when the stones began, hence the title.
  • Eric from Louisville, KyIn my opinion, the breakup started well before everything mentioned above. It was the end of the touring that started the band towards breaking up. Paul wanted to press on with playing live, and the rest didn't, especially George. Then, after that last tour to promote "Revolver", they went their separate ways for a while. John did "How I won the War", George took his first trip to India, Paul worked on movie scores, and Ringo hung out with his family. After this period, neither John nor George ever felt comfortable as a Beatle again. John turned to drugs, George to India, and Paul basically kept the Beatles thing going. Every album after Revolver was either a concept of Paul's (ex. Sgt Pepper, Mystery Tour, Let It Be), or albums comprised of separate solo songs by each member (ex. White Album, Abbey Road, Yellow Submarine). All of the other issues mentioned contributed to the breakdown, but the end of touring started the ball rolling.
  • John from Grand Island, NyThe "sheepdog, standing in the rain" was none other than Martha, Paul's beloved English Sheepdog (the inspiration for "Martha My Dear"). An offspring of Martha is seen on the cover of Paul's 1993 "Live" CD.
  • Haris from Flushing, Nydefinitely the most underrated Beatles song
  • Derek from Shrewsbury, Maand to add to julias explanation it was used my the wampanoag tribe neer plimouth (first thanks giveing)
  • Derek from Shrewsbury, Mathis song is hard to figure out im trying to decifer the guitar part its tough but what do you expect from them
  • Julia from Richland, WaA Wigwam was a type of Native American dwelling. It was usually a very low structure with a dome top and a dugout floor. These structures were also thatched with leaves and branches to keep out the weather.
  • Shai from Roswell, Nmdoes anybody know what a Whigwham is. it says it in the lyric " big man walking in the park. Whjgwham frightened in the dark"
  • Julia from Richland, WaMy brother has a conspiracy theory about John's death. He thinks that Yoko set up the murder by telling the murderer to kill John. I personally think this too. Anyway, LOVE the song and "Think For Yourselves" people!!
  • Adrian from Gettysburg, PaFor a song that supposedly means nothing, it sure says quite a lot. I guess what John was basically saying was that it was nothing for him to write great lyrics. :-p
  • Chloe from St. Louis, Moi love how they laugh like lunatics and just mess around at the end. it really shows their personalities as individuals- fairly outrageous and a bit random.
  • Rich from Livingston, NjGreat guitar lead. I dont think it was John's lead as previously stated.
  • Rosario from Naples, FlOh man I love this song! The opening is amazing and the end when they're all messing arond is hilarious.
  • Bianca Sanchez from Alburquerque, NmI like how John laughs like crazy. He's luke WAHAHAHAHAH YAHAHAHAHAHAH AH, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!
    Love the movie! Yellow Submarine they're singing it to a three headed bulldog who works for the Blue meanies.
  • Peter Boyko from Edmonton, CanadaIt was said that the boys were pretty high at the time of the recording
    and they just let this song flow
    with some of the word choice they had, and imagery they give you
  • Sam from Bowie, Mdat the end when Paul is telling John Quite you can hear john say OKay. I just thinks that's funny, I like how they play off eachother and didn't really care what they said when they were recording.
  • Peter Griffin from Quahog, RiYou're right, he says "Hey man, I already have grandchildren!" Hard to tell because John is laughing like a lunatic at the same time.
  • Lou from New York, NyThe trivia about the fadout is incorrect. Paul clearly says:

    "What do you mean man? I already have grandchildren!"

    It's just an example of the wacky stuff they would yell out to try and amuse each other.
  • Tristan from Philadelphia, PaOh man this is an awesome sock, rediculous but just awesome. I love it in their movie "Yellow Submarine" good stuff.
  • Wyatt from Anywhere, United StatesFrom what I understand the Beatles broke up long after they wanted to for contractual reasons. They had signed long term contracts that didn't really benefit them finacially in the long run, they probably didn't think they would make it as big as they did. There wer other reasons than Yoko, Paul was a control freak and pretty much bossed everybody else around toward the end, you can see Geaarge waling out of a seesion in Let It be becasue of Pauls nitpicking his playing. In the earlier days it was John and Paul but John kinda went off the deep end in the latter days of the group. I've always thought that if it weren't for Ringo and his comic relief they probably would have killed each other LOL I always liked Georges songs the best so I'm kinda glad they broke up though it was an end to something we'll never see again.
  • Nasser from Fajardo, Puerto Rico, OtherI think this song was aimed at serial killer Charles Manson. The year 1968 was near the time of the Manson killings.
  • Krissy from Boston, MaThis song is just so unique. I love they way John and Paul sing it. It just a fun song.
  • Story from Alameda, DeThe reason the Beatles broke up is has been explained at greath length many times by all the memebers of the band. It was nobody's fault - they all wanted out of the pressure cooker and get on with their personal lives.
    I mean they obviously enjoyed working together, but they'd been doing that since they were in their teens fer Pete's sake. They all had wanted to quit at one time or another.
    Face it...they had to become individuals. I only wish they could have taken a break and got together now and then like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young did. Both groups had a lot in common: vocal harmonies, consciencious, great song writing, both burned out on the Pop Music scene but loved maiking music the way they wanted to.
    CSNY got together when they felt like it in different groupings - sometimes 2 sometimes 3 sometimes all of them and they had their own projects etc. Wish Lennon, McCartney, Harrison & Starr could have done like likewise.
  • Doug from Vernon, CanadaAnother tidbit is that John played lead guitar on this song. Arguably the best 'obscure' Beatles song.
  • Anonymous from Phoenix, AzThis was not Yoko's first attendance in the studio. Her first session was in fact for 'The Fool on the Hill' which took place on September 25, 1967. She would continue to attend a few more recording sessions for Magical Mystery Tour, invited by John himself. There is even proof in these pictures: http://www.nemsworld.com/beatles/fool/fool.htm
  • Charlie from New York, NyThe subject of Yoko and her negative influence could go on here for years, but let's suffice it to say that if it was just her coming into the studio occasionally there would have most likely been no problems with that from the other 3. But, for crying out loud, they had a BED put into the studio and Yoko would lay in the bed as if the recording studio was her HOME. It just sheds light on Lennon's state of mind (and drug use) during that time period. No one else in WORLD History ever attempted to have the audacity to move their Mistress into a recording studio ... let alone that of the greatest band the world has ever witnessed.

    How could that ever be expected to be tolerated by the others? Even if she had been the most congenial and sweet woman in the world, she would have been looked upon with resentment for being thrust upon them all that way ... and she certainly was not a congenial and sweet woman.
  • John Smith from Southington, CtI saw the video paul and john smile a lot in it
  • Steven from West Carrollton, OhJohn of Texas you are right!!! Patti Boyd was Clapton's chick!!!! But George didn't mind, for some odd reason.
  • John from Wimberley, TxJust for you guitarists out there: In the Beatle's promotional film of "Hey Bulldog", George Harrison is seen playing a cherry red Gibson SG Standard (actually a Gibson Les Paul "SG" Standard circa 1961-62). "Hey Bulldog", "Paperback Writer" and "Lady Madonna" all feature this guitar with it's full growling tone. O.K., are you with me? George later gave this guitar to Eric Clapton shortly after he formed Cream. Clapton had "The Fool" (a Dutch husband-wife artist collaborative) give the SG a full-blown psychedelic paint job. Clapton utilized it throughout Cream's existence. When you hear "Crossroads" on "Wheels Of Fire", you're hearing that guitar. Todd Rundgren now owns this very fabled instrument. Hmm... didn't George Harrison give Eric Clapton a wife as well? Ah well... enjoy the rich tone as well as the irony.
  • Nathan from Bruges, BelgiumCool intro, and a nice conversation.
  • Hannah from Indianapolis, InThis is my favorite Beatles song.
  • Brittany from VirginiaI've heard the reason George had a problem with Yoko was because it seemed like she was taking John away from spending time with him. George looked up to John like an older brother. With Yoko around, older brother John didn't have as much time for his little brother George than what he had before. And I can kind of understand why it ticked George off. But I still don't blame the breakup on Yoko. I'm pretty sure that I've heard that while George didn't like that Yoko, he wasn't the meanest to her. He tolerated her, but he wasn't happy with her. Paul wasn't very nice to the woman at all. And Ringo was the nicest to her, I think he was the only Beatle [besides John] to attend John and Yoko's wedding. George and John made up after a while.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScDennsm I'm with ya on that one.
  • Dennis from Anchorage, AkWe can say anything we like about Yoko, but John was THERE, and loved her, and found peace within himself with her that he never found in any other way. Yeah, she's weird, but so was John. The Beatles broke up because they needed to. John once said, "I formed the Beatles, I broke up the Beatles. End of story." (or something very close to that)
  • Alisa from Franklin, WiThis song has some killer solo parts on guitar
  • Olle from Stockholm, SwedenI love this song. Always make me smile when John and Paul gets so jolly in the end.
  • Linus from Hamilton, On, CanadaI find it fairly underrated and unknown for it's musical complexity and excellence...#1 on my itunes top 25!
  • Steve from Torrance, CaManfred Mann's Earth Band covered this song on their 1986 album, "Criminal Tango". The title was changed to "Bulldog".
  • Jonathan from Johnstown, PaHow could they not put this song in the movie?
    The scene it's in Is SOOOO cool.
    Cool 101.7 finally played a song from yellow submarine at The end of this week's Beatle Years,which was about John Lennon.(I was this song.)
  • Lee from Clearwater, FlAdrian, how can an unspoken rule be heard, let alone respected? You sound very upset that John brought HIS wife to THEIR recording session THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS AGO!
  • Steve from Fenton, MoIn the early years of the Beatles, I thought John had one of the best rock and roll voices I've ever heard (maybe the best), but for some reason he either lost it or stopped using it. Hey Bulldog was one of the last songs (recorded in 68) on which you could hear it. His solo "Rock and Roll" cd is pretty mediocre in my opinion, but would have been no doubt incredible if he had been able to record it in the early 60's.
  • Mike from Newark, NdI think this is the "coolest" Beatle song in that the intro is like the Beatles answer to "Peter Gunn" and just the apparent good time they are having performing it. Great lyrics, too, even though they may be meaningless.
  • Maureen from Minersville, PaI personally don't have anything against Yoko, I think it was about time the Beatles broke up, not that their music was getting bad or anything but look at all the great solo stuff, especially George's that was never recorded by the Beatles. Anyway, I heard a funny story once, that sometimes when Yoko was in the studio singing John would pretend to drop something and bend down so she wouldn't see him laughing at her singing.
  • Jimmi from Basingstoke, FinlandI think a lot of the lyrics in the song are references to Paul by John. The tensions between them were begining to rise at this time, and it is hardly beyond the cruelty of John to slip very critical psychological observations of Paul's charachter into a song (note also the solo song "How do You Sleep?"). It could also be a more generalised criticism of certain brash and brutish charachters who, inside, are covering their fears. Just a thought.
  • Dirk from Nashville, TnThe recording of this song was something of a party. The Beatles' wives and various friends were present. Lot of people clapping and singing along off-mike. And present at the moment was John's new girlfriend, Yoko Ono. After the recording, she told John that the song was stupid.
  • Mick from Las Vegas, NvJohn always tried to play off the meaning of his songs. This song is about insecurity and how some people act big, tough or great, but are really scared little people inside. They end up isolating themselves in the end ("If you're lonely you can talk to me" - Jonh always felt that he was different than everyone else when he was little and was insecure ("No one I think is in my tree").

    George was the meanest to Yoko. paul tolerated her because he loved John.

    The main reason that the Beatles broke up was the death of Brian. They all thought John would take over and lead the group with the help of Paul, but John was in his "lazy" phase. Paul tried to take over, but George (and eventually John) resented it. Paul got so frustrated that no one was showing up to the studio on time and started recording the songs himself. The others resented this.

    Paul finally hurt everyone when he used Linda's dad's law firm to represent himself without the other Beatles. Suddenly it was us vs. him and the Beatles never recovered. Paul recorded his first solo album. "maybe I'm amazed" was written for the Beatles. Imagine if that would have worked out.....

    All in all, Yoko was the sand in the ointment, but there were several other factors that
  • George from Itaberaba, BrazilOne of The Beatles' biggest riffs.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScMary: this song was written about 10 or more years before those killings took place.
  • Mary from Medina, NyNow I don't know what time period the Son of Sam killings took place,but if this song was made after them,some of the lyrics look as if they are influenced by that event:the man who commited the crimes(i don't know his name) told police that his neighbor's dog told him to kill people-"you can talk to me,you can talk to me,if you're lonely you can talk to me." And the second verse"child like-no one understands/jacknife(even though he used a gun) in your sweaty hands" and then very end of that verse "You don't know what its like to listen to your fears"...and if this song was made before the killings then maybe the killer was influenced by them? just a thought.
  • Ben from Cheverly, MdThis one got itself a place on the "Rock & Roll Music" LP's. It deserved it.
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhIt should be noted that George had attempted to leave the band during 67 and Ringo actually did quit for a short time. I think Paul filled in on drums on the song Birthday. By the way Lennon himself credited the break-up to "sheer boredom" so give Yoko a break.
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhJohn, as brilliant as he was, was also quite bitter and moody, and had a habit of f--king with people's minds (sometimes even the fans).So is it really surprising they broke up after only ten years. It couldn't be Yoko as much as some people would hope. They were all great musicians and artists, that wanted to do different things which is appearent by the fractured musical styles seen in later albums (Especially the White Album). Be happy, a decade of Beatles's music is worth a liftime of anything else.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, Sceliot from Pennsylvania. i think I'd have to agree with you on that one. I don't get why people have to blame Yoko for everything that happened. But having her there didn't help things.
  • Steve from Troy, NyThis is a fun song, where John and Paul personalities come out.
  • Nessie from Sapporo, JapanI'm not big on riff-based songs, but this has some killer bass work.
  • Cheyanne from Allegan, MiAfter John sings "Big man. . ." Ringo says "yeah?"
  • Cheyanne from Allegan, MiThe conversation at the end of the song goes like this:
    John/Paul: Hey Bulldog. . .
    Paul: Hey man
    John: What's that, boy?
    Paul: Ruff!
    John: Whaddya say?
    Paul: I say, ruff!
    John: Do you know any more?
    Paul: Wowowowoaaaaa!
    John: (Screams loudly)
    Paul: You got it, that's it, you hit it, that's it man, woop!, that's it you got it
    John: (Screams hysterically)
    Paul: Don't look at me man, I already have ten children
    Paul: Either Clap man, clap or Quite, boy quiet
    John: okay
    Paul: Either Clap! or Quiet!
  • Stephen T. from Alta Loma, CaThere is something else in the end of "Hey Bulldog". You can tell they're fooling around because you can hear Paul saying "Quiet! Quiet! Hey, Bulldog!". Paul was trying to say "Hey Bulldog" but the others were fooling around not giving him a chance to say it.
  • Elliott from Douglassville, PaI agree with Webster. Okay. I don't listen to Yoko's music for pleasure or anything, but I don't blame her for breaking up the Beatles. I don't pinpoint the beginning of the end to the Maharishi really. I look at it more practically. 1. Brian Epstein dies. 2. Paul pretty much (consciously or not) forcing the band into his ideas: Sgt. Pepper (well, okay, that's pre-Brian Epstein dying), Magical Mystery Tour, Get Back. 3. The other Beatles get pissed. 4. They all play the Sue Me, Sue You Blues. Maybe Yoko didn't help things much, but why blame her? I'm guessing it's mainly a chauvinistic fear of powerful women that makes people put more blame on Yoko than on Paul.
  • The Great Wok from Longview, TxHey, let's back back to the meaning of the song. As John said, "the song was about nothing". Generally speaking, I believe this is true. However, I do believe John slipped in a few zingers in the lyrics aimed at Paul (keep in mind that frustrations between them were building). Here's a few lyrics which I believe were intended for Paul....."what makes you think you're something special when you smile" ...."you don't know what it's like to listen to your fears"...."you think you know me but you haven't got a clue"...."you can talk to me"...."if you're lonely you can talk to me".
  • Catherine from Glasgow, EnglandHey! you leave Paul alone!!!
    He wasn't the only one with the problem John has said it was George too.
    I don't like her and i do think it was her fault they spilt up but if she hadn't coe along Jon would probebly have ended up killing himself.
  • Adrian from Wilmington, DeNow come on Brittanie, it's partially John's fault too. He should have respected the unspoken rules of the studio, but no, he HAD to bring Yoko to all the sessions for some ungodly reason.
  • Webster from Kula, HiThe death of Brian Epstien probably did more damage than the trip to India. But you CANNOT blame Yoko. If really research the band It seems like Paul did the most damage out of them all. Both John and George have pretty bad songs about him after the break up. The only one with a problem with Yoko was Paul.
  • Brittanie from Liverpool, EnglandDoes anyone else think that the trip to India also helped to break apart the band? Everything suposedly got progressivly worse after they got back, if you'll notice. Cursed Yoko, that freak, I blame it partially on her whore self.
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