About The Song
Paul McCartney wrote this song. It was inspired by his mother, Mary, who died when he was 14. Many people thought “Mother Mary” was a biblical reference when they heard it.
According to McCartney, this is a very positive song, owing to its inspiration. One night when he was paranoid and anxious, he had a dream where he saw his mother, who had been dead for ten years or so – she came to him in his time of trouble, speaking words of wisdom that brought him much peace when he needed it. It was this sweet dream that got him to begin writing the song.
He told the story to James Corden when he appeared on his Carpool Karaoke segment. “She was reassuring me, saying, ‘It’s going to be OK, just let it be.’ I felt so great. She gave me the positive words. I woke up and thought, ‘What was that? She said ‘Let It Be.’ That’s good.’ So I wrote the song ‘Let It Be’ out of positivity.”
Many have been moved by the song on a deeply personal level, including Corden, who broke down when they sang it together. “I remember my granddad, who was a musician, sitting me down and telling me, ‘I’m going to play you the best song you’ve ever heard,’ and he played me that,” he said. “If my granddad was here right now he’d get an absolute kick out of this.” McCartney replied, “He is.”
Since Let It Be was The Beatles’ last album, it made an appropriate statement about leaving problems behind and moving on in life. The album was supposed to convey an entirely different message. It was going to be called “Get Back,” and they were going to record it in front of an audience on live TV, with another TV special showing them practicing the songs in the studio. It was going to be The Beatles getting back to their roots and playing unadorned live music instead of struggling in the studio like they did for The White Album. When they started putting the album together, it became clear the project wouldn’t work, and George Harrison left the sessions. When he returned, they abandoned the live idea and decided to use the TV footage as their last movie. While the film was being edited, The Beatles recorded and released Abbey Road, then broke up. Eventually, Phil Spector was given the tapes and asked to produce the album, which was released months after The Beatles broke up. By then, it was clear “Let It Be” would be a better name than “Get Back.”
Should we do something else for a while, and come back in a bitOr leave it, same as mine is, yeah Oh, just let me get this, second clapWhen I find myself in times of troubleMother 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 beLet it beLet it be Let it be Let it be Whisper words of wisdom Let it be When all the broken-hearted people Living in the world agree, there will be an answer Let it beAlthough they may be partedThere 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, yeah Let it beThere will be an answerLet it be Oh, let it be Let it be Let it be Let it be Whisper words of wisdom Let it beLet it beLet it be Let it be, yeah Let it be There will be an answer Let it beAnd when the night is cloudyThere 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 There will be no sorrow Let it beLet it beLet it be Let it be Let it be There will be no sorrow Let it beLet it beLet it be Yeah, Let it be Yeah, let it be Whisper words of wisdom Let it beYesHow was that? That was alright sound to me, it sounded wonderful, was good- (clear) The last two, the last one? The last one was a whole better for me That was it, I think it was for me too I didn’t get quite the words I had written here though That’s alright