Let It Be

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Let It Be

 

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

And when the broken-hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer
Let it be

For though they may be parted there is
Still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer
Let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Yeah, there will be an answer
Let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow
Let it be

I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
There will be an answer
Let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
There will be an answer
Let it be

Let it be, let it be, let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

 

The Beatles….in my humble opinion, there are not enough words to describe what these four men did for the music industry. To say they “changed” the history of music, is such an understatement. I realize many disagree with me, notably my own father. He doesn’t understand “what is the big deal”. Though over the years, he has learned to appreciate them. However, that is a totally different discussion.

Even though I wasn’t even born when Beatlemania spread like wildfire in the states, everyone else in my family was listening to The Beatles; especially my mother and sister. It is safe to say they are one of the bands I literally grew up listening to and watching and reciting every word to their movies EVERY time they were on television. Imagine a toddler walking around singing the lyrics to songs like “Help” and “Eleanor Rigby”. Of course, having NO idea at that time, the weighty and profound subjects of these iconic songs.

“Let It Be” was and has remained one of my mom’s all time favorite songs. She firmly believes in its message and has often used the lyric “there will be an answer” followed by telling me to let it be, as advice when I needed words of wisdom.

Though the Lennon-McCartney classic was originally written during the White Album sessions, it wasn’t released till May 8, 1970. That would sadly be their final album. Let It Be was The Beatles twelfth studio album, and it came out about a month after the announcement of the band’s break up.

For any Beatle’s fan, this information is not new, but this song came to Paul in a dream. Between the death of their manager Brian Epstein, and the tension growing between the band members, Paul was intent on keeping the band motivated and together, yet he was feeling insecure and somber about what he saw as the weakening of the group.

He was quoted as saying:

“One night during this tense time I had a dream I saw my mum, who'd been dead 10 years or so. And it was so great to see her because that's a wonderful thing about dreams: you actually are reunited with that person for a second; there they are and you appear to both be physically together again. It was so wonderful for me and she was very reassuring. In the dream she said, 'It'll be all right.' I'm not sure if she used the words 'Let it be' but that was the gist of her advice, it was, 'Don't worry too much, it will turn out OK.' It was such a sweet dream I woke up thinking, Oh, it was really great to visit with her again. I felt very blessed to have that dream. So that got me writing the song Let It Be. I literally started off 'Mother Mary', which was her name, 'When I find myself in times of trouble', which I certainly found myself in. The song was based on that dream.”

For many listeners, the song took on a religious overtone. Mother Mary stood for the Virgin Mary. Paul has said that he has no problem with that, and he thinks it is great if people want to use the song to relate to their faith.

However, John did not feel as sentimental when he said:

“That's Paul. What can you say? Nothing to do with The Beatles. It could've been Wings. I don't know what he's thinking when he writes Let It Be. I think it was inspired by Bridge Over Troubled Waters. That's my feeling, although I have nothing to go on. I know he wanted to write a Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”

Thus, showing just SOME of the tension that contributed to the untimely dissolution of this historic band.

Despite Lennon’s criticism, the song went to number one in the US, Australia, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland. It also helped Lennon and McCartney earn a record (at the time) for writing a number one song for the seventh consecutive year.

There are several cuts of the song in addition to the album. The Phil Spector version with all the brass instruments is what you hear on the LP. A new version was mixed in 2003 for Let It Be….Naked. The Spector sound was extracted, and more emphasis was put on the guitar and organ, which was contributed by long time Beatle collaborator, Billy Preston. Also, on Anthology 3, you can hear the boys talking in between takes, as well as Paul playing around with the lyrics. This is a must listen for any devoted Beatle fan.

If you are familiar with James Corden, host of The Late Late Show on CBS, then you know his segment Carpool Karaoke. (he drives around with a well-known artist while they sing along to said artist’s songs) Corden, is a sweet teddy bear of a man who you can’t help but love. A few weeks ago, he snagged THE ultimate guest…none other than Sir Paul himself, and in Liverpool no less. Again, a MUST SEE for a Beatles fan, and especially a Paul McCartney lover! It was in a word…WONDROUS!

I know I have run the risk of over expressing my affection for Sir Paul, but this song will always hold a special place in my heart, for SO many reasons; my mom, my youth, my love for The Beatles, and Sir Paul. In particular, the lyric!

In our present climate, we need “words of wisdom” so very desperately. I know I think of this song when I am in “times of trouble”. Of course, music for me can be quite curative.

I hope when you are searching,  you know there WILL be answer eventually!

Please enjoy this Sir Paul and James Corden video…and even if you aren’t a fan, I dare you not to laugh, or even shed a tear or two. And if you ARE a fan, get the tissues!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjvzCTqkBDQ

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