"When I was a child, I was stoically told by Paul McCartney to 'take a sad song and make it better-er-er-er'.
Although this is a beautiful sentiment, I then learnt through many more years that this may not always be possible. Some people don't have it in them to just beat away defeatist feelings through determination. Some people fall victim to their own minds. 'Jude' is an exploration of that feeling. Of not being able to face the morning, not being able to face your own mind. Of just continuing to do the same thing day after day until finally someone tells you otherwise.
I have a close relative with autism. A person whom I love very dearly. He is like a rock to me. And for anyone who has grown up with an autistic sibling will know, the small things in life stress them out whilst the big things just keep sliding on with no stress at all.
Part of this song is an expression of coming home to this every day of my youth and realising that life is a lot simpler than you think and you should just stop worrying so much.
This song is also about Jude, a dog. A dog whom I love very dearly. Some dogs, through anxiety, can development an obsession with shadows. And although this might have been triggered by one party to many, this is the case for Jude. She's a beautiful and smart animal but she pays undivided attention to shadows (the things in life that aren't real). If only she could pay attention to the faces right in front of her.
'Jude' came out of me on the eve of a friend contemplating their own life. It is a reflection of finding myself in a similar mind to this at times. Feeling that there is no way out. And knowing that these thoughts are chemical and will pass and hearing those words "take a sad song and make it better" and hoping that you'll be there after all of your thoughts have passed."