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The Story Behind Paul McCartney’s Song: “Let It Be.”

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I was going through a really difficult time around the autumn of 1968. It was late in the Beatles’ career and we had begun making a new album, a follow-up to the “White Album.” As a group we were starting to have problems. I think I was sensing the Beatles were breaking up, so I was staying up late at night, drinking, doing drugs, clubbing, the way a lot of people were at the time. I was really living and playing hard.

The other guys were all living out in the country with their partners, but I was still a bachelor in London with my own house in St. John’s Wood. And that was kind of at the back of my mind also, that maybe it was about time I found someone, because it was before I got together with Linda.

So, I was exhausted! Some nights I’d go to bed and my head would just flop on the pillow; and when I’d wake up I’d have difficulty pulling it off, thinking, “Good job I woke up just then or I might have suffocated.”

Then one night, somewhere between deep sleep and insomnia, I had the most comforting dream about my mother, who died when I was only 14. She had been a nurse, my mum, and very hardworking, because she wanted the best for us. We weren’t a well-off family- we didn’t have a car, we just about had a television – so both of my parents went out to work, and Mum contributed a good half to the family income. At night when she came home, she would cook, so we didn’t have a lot of time with each other. But she was just a very comforting presence in my life. And when she died, one of the difficulties I had, as the years went by, was that I couldn’t recall her face so easily. That’s how it is for everyone, I think. As each day goes by, you just can’t bring their face into your mind, you have to use photographs and reminders like that.

So in this dream twelve years later, my mother appeared, and there was her face, completely clear, particularly her eyes, and she said to me very gently, very reassuringly: “Let it be.”

It was lovely. I woke up with a great feeling. It was really like she had visited me at this very difficult point in my life and gave me this message: Be gentle, don’t fight things, just try and go with the flow and it will all work out.

So, being a musician, I went right over to the piano and started writing a song: “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me”… Mary was my mother’s name… “Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.” There will be an answer, let it be.” It didn’t take long. I wrote the main body of it in one go, and then the subsequent verses developed from there: “When all the broken-hearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer, let it be.”

I thought it was special, so I played it to the guys and ’round a lot of people, and later it also became the title of the album, because it had so much value to me, and because it just seemed definitive, those three little syllables. Plus, when something happens like that, as if by magic, I think it has a resonance that other people notice too.

Not very long after the dream, I got together with Linda, which was the saving of me. And it was as if my mum had sent her, you could say.

The song is also one of the first things Linda and I ever did together musically. We went over to Abbey Road Studios one day, where the recording sessions were in place. I lived nearby and often used to just drop in when I knew an engineer would be there and do little bits on my own. And I just thought, “Oh it would be good to try harmony in mind, and although Linda wasn’t a professional singer, I’d heard her sing around the house, and knew she could hold a note and sing that high.

So she tried it, and it worked and it stayed on the record. You can hear it to this day.

These days, the song has become almost like a hymn. We sang it at Linda’s memorial service. And after September 11 the radio played it a lot, which made it the obvious choice for me to sing when I did the benefit concert in New York City. Even before September 11th, people used to lean out of cars and trucks and say, “Yo, Paul, let it be.”

So those words are really very special to me, because not only did my mum come to me in a dream and reassure me with them at a very difficult time in my life – and sure enough, things did get better after that – but also, in putting them into a song, and recording it with the Beatles, it became a comforting, healing statement for other people too.

- Paul McCartney

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Written by MattAndJojang

May 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm

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  1. Hi ~ Just read your post about the meaning behind Paul’s song “Let It Be.”
    Last night I was driving home from a seminar for people who are in the Arts (mine is writing)it was given by an actress named Tanya Wright. My dream is to become a published author. I have been struggling with not knowing if I’m wasting my time or not with a novel that I’m writing. The seminar was fantastic and as I was driving home, I thought to myself that this seminar was just what I needed to boost my confidence. Then I couldn’t help but wonder if Tanya even liked me or thought that I had any talent as a writer at all…when all of a sudden Let It Be came on the radio. I am a firm believer in signs and quickly looked up the meaning of this song on the internet. That’s when I found your post! Thank you!

    Sunday

    July 29, 2010 at 4:36 am

  2. Hi, Sunday! I’m glad you liked our post on the meaning of the song Let It Be. The truth is: it is the most read post of our blog… Wishing you all the best. I hope you will realize your dream to be a published author.

    Matt

    mattandjojang

    July 29, 2010 at 1:06 pm

  3. I had a most difficult time sleeping last night due to a very stressful confrontation with my husband over our teenage daughter. As a mother, I am deeply suffering from my husband and daughter’s alienation. My husband is very unforgiving and insistent in his position. As I attempted and struggled to fall asleep I just could not find any comfort or resolution. As a Catholic I just started to pray. I don’t even know, but I found myself saying Hail Marys. Then the song LET IT BE popped into my head and I just sang it a little bit. Well, I wasn’t able to sleep, but when morning came I turned on the computer and typed the words of the song so I could sing a few more lines and then…. I found your website which only confirmed that perhaps I had found an answer in LET IT BE.

    I’ll never know if was Mother Mary or not, but I will consider it a personal message for me and in my hour of darkness I wish to believe she is standing right in front of me, too. Yes, thank you for the post and thank you, Paul!

    Miss Maggie Lonely Heart

    February 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm

  4. Hi, Maggie! We hope you’re feeling better. We’re glad that you like our post on Paul McCartney’s song: “Let it be.” We’re also happy that you found comfort in the song.

    We’d like to share with you that we found out that one of the best ways to cope with the challenges we face in life is to learn to let go (“let it be”) and trust in God. In our darkest moments we can turn to Him, and expect that He will be there for us.

    We’d like to leave you with this verse from Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.Therefore we not will fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” And may the Blessed Mother guide and protect you in your endeavors.

    ~ Matt & Jojang

    MattAndJojang

    February 24, 2011 at 10:54 am

  5. Let it be. The first words of Jesus in the Bible in the book of Matthew.

    Blake Cumbers

    April 9, 2011 at 6:42 am

  6. I loved to know about the song Let It Be. Paul McCartney is a genius who can translate feelings for all people in the world.

    Maria Amélia Hosken

    May 22, 2011 at 2:15 am

  7. Paul McCartney is indeed a genius. He has the talent for writing songs which resonate with most people’s deepest feelings. His song, “Let it Be,” is one of his best compositions and has brought inspiration, comfort, and hope to a lot of people (including myself)…

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    May 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

  8. Its about Paul’s mom.

    Tracey Kays Baker

    June 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

  9. After all the years of listening to EVERY Beatles song, EVERY Paul McCartney creation, loving almost all to the point of obsession, this information makes it even more beautiful to listen to. Every song has a story, sometimes in the lyrics only, most times it is the inspiration behind it. Thank God for the Fab 4!!!! Always hits the spot.

    Cherrel Fredenburg-Smith........ Puddephatt

    December 28, 2011 at 1:19 am

  10. It’s always good to know the story behind the songs that we love; especially, in this case, the story behind “Let It be” – a song which has touched and inspired a lot of people (including us). It really helps us appreciate the song each time we listen to it.

    We’re glad that you enjoyed the post. Thank you, Cherrel, for taking the time to read our blog. We wish you a Grace-Filled New Year. God bless!

    ~Matt & Jojang

    MattAndJojang

    December 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm

  11. Why do drugs kill some people? If Carl Jung were alive today he might say “This is a positive lesson on the power of the anima, and becoming an individual. “

    Glenn

    March 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm

  12. We often suppress or deny our shadow side. To avert its potential for destruction we have to face and integrate our shadow side. Otherwise we could end up addicted to stuff like alcohol or drugs which could lead to our undoing, to say the least…

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    March 27, 2012 at 7:32 am

  13. Simply, can’t thank you enough, i too was searching for some help and found it thanks to you MattAndJojang God Bless

    chester

    August 27, 2012 at 2:22 am

  14. You’re welcome, Chester. This blog was created primarily to help and inspire.We’re glad to be of help. Please feel free to visit our blog when you can. God bless!

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    August 27, 2012 at 9:10 am

  15. Thanks a lot. You guys are doing a brilliant job.
    Actually right now i’m not in the times of trouble but i wish i’d find here two or three years ago.

    arman

    September 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

  16. You’re welcome, Arman. Thank you, too, for the kind words. Please feel free to visit our blog as often as you like. God bless!

    ~ Matt and Jojang

    MattAndJojang

    September 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

  17. I Googled
    this because I’m in pain over my mother passing. The song has struck me now, though I’ve always enjoyed it. Recently, to help me get through the day, which is a challenge, I’ve been listening to all Beatles radio, and the songs bring me comfort, make me smile, remind me of better days. You guys are a gift. Thank you.

    cris

    September 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

  18. You’re welcome, Cris.

    “Let It Be,” in my opinion, is one of the Beatles’ best songs. The song is indeed comforting, teaching us to come to terms with pain and, eventually, let it go.

    Please feel free to visit our blog as often as you can.

    God bless!

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    September 23, 2012 at 9:09 am

  19. Sensational.. I always was touched about his mother.

    But now to read about how his mother died at 14 and he couldn’t remember the face but then her face came clearly to him in the dream – wow!

    Ren

    September 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  20. Yes, Ren, it’s a great story. Personally, I found it inspiring! I’m glad you liked it. Please feel free to visit our blog when you can. God bless!

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    September 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

  21. Is this really from Paul McCartney? If so what is the source?

    Rose Mount

    October 22, 2012 at 7:22 am

  22. Hi, Rose! I copied this article verbatim from a Reader’s Digest (USA edition) article that I read a few years back. I think it’s a result of an interview with Paul McCartney by RD then. It’s just sad that I gave away that RD issue already when I did some spring cleaning at home that’s why I can’t say exactly what issue it came from.

    ~ Jojang

    MattAndJojang

    October 22, 2012 at 4:36 pm

  23. My fav Beatles song… No actually my fav song in the world. This post made me cry :( and this song really made my life more peaceful. I thank you Paul… It’s my dream to go to Liverpool one day and to visit the Beatles museum*

    Thabo

    October 29, 2012 at 5:12 am

  24. I never knew the meaning of Paul’s song “Let it be” until my mother passed away 3 years ago. I was with her the night she passed away. She had Yelled out “Mary” when she was sleeping. I did not know if she was dreaming about her sister Mary or if she saw the mother “Mary”. A while later my brother told me the story behing Paul’s song and it really hit home for me. It gave me great comfort every time I listened to it. My mother has visited me in my dreams as well and she always looks so young. Just recently, I was at a craft show and I bought a block picture of the Mother Mary and an angel. I was drawn to it, so I bought it. This may sound strange but I want to hang iit in my mother’s room on the wall. Sometimes I sleep at my dads since he has Parkinsons Disease. I thought when I stayed in her room, this picture would give me great cojmfort to look at. Thank you Paul for writing this song. It gives me such peace.

    Debbie

    November 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

  25. Thank you very much, Debbie, for sharing. It’s such a personal and moving story…

    ~Matt

    MattAndJojang

    November 13, 2012 at 8:31 am

  26. Thank you for your post, Matt and Jojang!

    A few years ago, I was driving to work and thinking about how I could get revenge on a guy who had lied on his resume and won a prestigious award for which I had also been nominated. A moment later, I found myself singing Let It Be even though I had not thought of this song in several years. As I was singing, I started wondering if my collective unconscious (in the Jungian sense) was trying to send a message to me to let my thought of revenge go–to just “let it be.” In this vein, some psychiatrists believe that Jung’s collective unconscious is the same as the Christian concept of the Holy Spirit–specifically, that part of one’s mind that is connected with God, wiser than one’s self, and normally outside of one’s conscious awareness. I then knew that seeking revenge would not be the proper or wise choice. Ever since then, Paul’s Let It Be has had a special meaning for me and has been incredibly salient in my thinking and consciousness. Knowing the story behind Paul’s writing of this song has enhanced my evolved experience of it.
    So, thank you, Paul McCartney–this is not the first time you have had a role in touching me in a very personal, deep, and profound way through your music. Somehow with the words and music of Let It Be together, the meaning was more impactful in my thinking than was the following scripture by itself: “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord (Romans 12:19).

    Paul R. Nail

    November 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

  27. It’s not easy to keep our emotions in check, especially when people hurt us. In this case, to let go is the wise course of action, no matter how difficult and challenging. It’s always a wise decision to forgive people who do us wrong.

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. “Let It Be” is indeed such an inspirational song, which has spoken to a lot of people, including us.

    ~Matt

    MattAndJojang

    November 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

  28. Thanks, for linking this post: “The Story Behind Paul McCartney’s Song: ‘Let It Be.'” in your blog. It’s indeed a great story…

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    March 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

  29. It’s indeed a beautiful song. And the advice of Paul McCartney’s mother to let things be is something we have to take heart, especially during the difficult times of lives.

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    May 1, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  30. My late father was a huge fan of the Beatles and he especially loved Paul’s song, LET IT BE. Thanks for posting this; now I know the message behind it

    Amina Adams

    May 19, 2013 at 6:01 am

  31. You’re welcome, Amina. It’s a great song, and one of my favorites, too…

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    May 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

  32. I love the beatles, and when i’m having a rough time with like school work and problems at home i go in my quiet place and listen to this song over and over again. I like to think that this sing was made just to help people out of hard times because it really helps.

    Megan Hall

    June 20, 2013 at 3:44 am

  33. You’re not the only one who finds comfort and strength through this song “Let It Be,” Megan. I know a lot of people who do, including myself. This is indeed one of their most meaningful and beautiful songs…

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    June 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm

  34. Lovely story about this song.

    Joan Snow

    August 31, 2013 at 9:24 am

  35. Yes, Joan, it’s indeed a beautiful story. I appreciated the song all the more when I read the story behind it…

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    August 31, 2013 at 9:47 am

  36. This is beautiful

    Anonymous

    October 1, 2013 at 9:29 am

  37. I had heard that it came from a very wise woman at Mt. Shasta, California who affectionately was called Mother Mary in the 60’s. Mary Mae Meier’s. Supposedly the Beatles heard of her and the phrase “Let it be natural” from Donovan. Anyone know about this?
    Neil items123@gmail.com

    Neil the Irish lad.

    October 15, 2013 at 4:04 am

  38. First time I’ve heard of this one. But if it’s true, it’s an interesting story…

    ~Matt

    MattAndJojang

    October 15, 2013 at 9:36 am

  39. My husband recently died in a tragic accident. One of our daughters put together a montage of pictures but I said I wanted to do the music. Still in complete shock, I don’t know how I pulled it off, but as I was going thru my library, this song just popped and I did the entire song at the end. It was beautiful. Now that time has settled I wanted to know the meaning, and your blog has truly comforted me in knowing the history. Thank you!

    toddswife

    December 2, 2013 at 9:18 am

  40. I’m so sorry for your loss. I can only barely imagine what you went through. But you’re not the only one who has found comfort through this song. Thank you for sharing your story. Just happy that in our own little way, by sharing the story behind the song, we’ve helped in easing your pain.

    ~Matt

    MattAndJojang

    December 2, 2013 at 10:40 am

  41. I’m 76 years old and every few weeks I get a phone call from my alcoholic sister, three years younger than me. In her slurring voice, she constantly brags about herself, belittles me, and makes hurtful comments about my deceased husband of 50 years, who was a wonderful partner and father to our five children. I began composing an email to her and decided to wait before sending it since whatever one puts in writing can never be undone. I am trying to live by the words, “consider the source” but I have been very stressed about this sister for years. Then I came upon the life story of Paul McCartney and his reason for writing “Let It Be.” I was so touched by his story and the lyrics he wrote, which I cannot get out of my head, nor do I want to. Thank you Paul because I can now “let it be.” And thank you MattAndJojang for your wonderful blog.

    Bev

    December 27, 2013 at 3:41 am

  42. You’re welcome, Bev.

    Sad to hear about your relationship with your sister. But you’re right: the best thing to do in a situation like yours is to “Let it Be.”

    This post is our most read blog post. A lot of people have been inspired, including us, by this story.

    Glad that you were also touched by Paul’s story.

    Wishing you the best during this Christmas season…

    ~ Matt

    MattAndJojang

    December 27, 2013 at 8:42 am

  43. Thank you for being beautiful souls. You have both helped me so much allowing me to tell my story.

    Bev

    Bev Pitts

    December 28, 2013 at 2:49 am

  44. This is best song I have ever heard. Its lyrics to special.

    Andy Friday

    January 12, 2014 at 2:44 am

  45. I agree, Andy. For me, it’s one of the greatest pop songs of all time…

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    January 12, 2014 at 9:33 am

  46. I have post traumatic from something a long time ago. This song came on this morning, and I felt like it spoke to me. Just “Let it be”.

    Susan

    January 24, 2014 at 12:21 am

  47. I can understand how you feel, Susan. Many years ago my health broke down and I had to spend almost 3 months in the hospital. As a consequence I suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

    I’m not surprised that the song has spoken to you as it has to countless other people, including me and my wife, Jojang. It’s a beautiful song with a meaningful message which has inspired a lot of people. Wishing you the best…

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    January 24, 2014 at 9:45 am

  48. Great post, thanks for sharing!! I will always see this song differently now, and enjoy it more, now that I know its history.

    For the commentator who was asking about the source of the story, here are two references I found after doing a google search.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_It_Be_(song)#CITEREFMiles1997

    Cited in above wiki article:
    Miles, Barry (1997). Many Years From Now. Vintage-Random House. ISBN 0-7493-8658-4.

    tesorensensa

    February 11, 2014 at 7:13 am

  49. Glad you like it, Tesorensensa. It’s a beautiful song, and you’re right: knowing the history of the song makes us appreciate it the more.

    Thank you for pointing out the source of the story. If I remember, we first read about in the Reader’s Digest. We’re grateful for taking the time and effort to track the references to this story…

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    February 11, 2014 at 10:06 am

  50. I watched the Beatle tribute which was wonderful. I did not know the story behind “Let it Be”, after listening to Paul, it really hit home. I understand why it’s brought comfort to so many. Thank you.

    janie

    February 13, 2014 at 1:48 am

  51. Yes, Janie, a lot of people have found a lot of inspiration and comfort from this song, including I and my wife. It’s such a beautiful and wonderful song. Glad that after reading the story behind the song you’re appreciating the song all the more…

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    February 13, 2014 at 7:22 pm

  52. My mother passed away in 2009. Her name was Mary and she was also a nurse, a single mother of three daughters. So we did not have a lot growing up except for each other. I did not know Paul’s mother was a nurse nor did I know her name was Mary until I read this. I was on my way home from her funeral when “Let It Be” played on the radio. I had to pull over because I was crying so hard. I felt as if she was speaking to me through this song. You see I have a hard time letting things go and my mom was always telling me to let it be, that things happen for a reason. Every time I hear this song to this day, I feel it is a reminder from her to let things be. Thank you so much Paul for your words for they do mean so much. Also I want to thank you Matt and Jo for this article.

    Donna Atkins

    Donna Atkins

    March 3, 2014 at 2:03 pm

  53. Thank you, Donna, for sharing your story with us. Just like you I have a hard time of letting go. But Paul’s song reminds us that it’s often what we need to do. It’s a beautiful song indeed, and has comforted and given hope to a lot of people. Wishing you the best in your life’s journey.

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    March 3, 2014 at 4:59 pm

  54. This is realy great… I’ve been listening to this song since I was around 7 years old. I heard my brother sing many times a lot. I learned from him though. I really want to know the meaning of this song and one day my friend told me that “Mary” refered to ‘Marijuana”..! Oh my gosh!
    I was inspired by this story! I love to sing it too!
    Blessings!

    Kamei kamei

    April 17, 2014 at 7:21 am

  55. Glad you liked the post, Kamei. I, too, am a fan of the Beatles, especially Paul McCartney. I think “Let It Be” is the best song they came up with. The message of letting go of persons and circumstances that we can’t do something about resonates with me. Truly, a beautiful and inspiring song!

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    April 17, 2014 at 4:45 pm

  56. I am in tears. I have loved the music of the Beatles and especially Paul McCartney all my life. I have always been tickled by the fact that Paul’s birthday is a day before mine and for some reason have always been drawn to his work in particular. I had no idea how this song came about. My mother, also named Mary, died in 1998 when I was still very young and she, too has come to me in dark times. As a result, I have been able to overcome many difficulties. I have always believed that she guides me and gives me tremendous inner strength. She was a loving and very giving person perhaps much like Paul’s Mother. I will now treasure this song always. Thank you so much for this article. The Beatles were such a powerful force in so many people’s lives but knowing the history behind songs like these are what make them inspirational.

    Liz Serra – San Francisco, CA

    Liz Serra

    May 24, 2014 at 12:03 pm

  57. Thank you, Liz, for sharing. Happy to know that, like many others (incuding I and my wife, Jojang), that the song Let It Be has touched your life. And now that we know the story behind it we can appreciate it all the more. It’s really such an inspirational song…

    –Matt

    MattAndJojang

    May 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

  58. Reblogged this on The Late Developer and commented:
    Uplifting thoughts from Macca…..

    martchap

    May 27, 2014 at 4:07 am

  59. Yes, Martin. It’s a great song! And very inspiring, too…

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    May 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

  60. Thank you x

    Elma

    May 27, 2014 at 2:04 pm

  61. I love this song! Reading the meaning brought tears to my eyes… although, a lot of the last of the Beatles work does… so close to the end and so much emotion!

    Jane

    May 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

  62. You’re welcome, Elma. Glad you liked the post…

    – Matt

    MattAndJojang

    May 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  63. I and my wife, Jojang, were just talking about the Beatles (after watching a documentary about the Beatles’ influence on the youth of Communist Russia in the late 70s) – how they were ahead of their times. Jane, this is probably one of the reasons why their songs are of such extraordinary beauty. Their songs touch our hearts and move our spirits. Such meaningful and inspiring songs, especially Let It Be!

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    May 27, 2014 at 7:48 pm

  64. There does seem to be something about this song. I was 17 at the time, and my mother was 47. She had a hard life, but saved mine as well as her own early on, and was to become the wisest person I’ve known. Of course they played Let It Be all over the radio in that day, and I loved it, as it resonated for me, both musically and spiritually. I would hear my mom occasionally singing that song out loud as she walked through the house doing chores. It gave me a sense of real connection with her that we both found a song to be so meaningful. Any age gap that was evident at that time was bridged with a common thought …Let It Be. It still resonates to me today, 35 years after her passing. When I am ever at a crossroads of what to do, I hear my mom belting out those words in my mind, and suddenly I am back with her, and it’s okay again.
    .

  65. Chris, just like you (including I and my wife), a lot of people have been inspired by the song Let It Be. I’m not all surprised that the song has resonated with you. It’s a song with a deeply spiritual message, which has helped a lot of people go through the rough times in their lives. Just to digress, I was watching a documentary about the Beatles’ influence with the young people of Russia when it was still a communist country a few days ago. Never realized until then how their songs was a contributory factor in bringing down the communist regime in Russia! Indeed their songs have changed millions of lives throughout the world… Thank you for taking the time to write us to share your story…

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    June 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm

  66. […] McCartney’s mother was named Mary so it is she that he refers to in this song, but it can also serve as a reminder to all of us during difficult times in our lives to trust in God and to “Be gentle, don’t fight things, just try and go with the flow and it will all work out.” […]

  67. So true. The song reminds us of the scriptural injunction to trust in God, especially when we’re undergoing rough times in our lives. No wonder it has inspired a lot of people…

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    June 2, 2014 at 6:57 pm

  68. I was a junior high student when I heard Let it be and I didn’t understand the meaning of this song at all. I am a Japanese man grown up only in Japan but now finally understand the meaning of not only song but also Mary. Thank you so much. This is a wonderful story. The movie Frozen says Let it go and Paul says Let it be. Now Let it go became so popular but Let it be is much more philosophical. I wonder if we have more freedom than the time of Let it be.
    -Seiji Uehara

    Seiji Uehara

    June 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

  69. You’re welcome, Seiji.

    Let It Be is indeed such a beautiful and inspiring song. Learning to let go is one of the greatest challenges of life, and at the same time the key to be happy. Holding on to people and things when no longer necessary is the cause of most of our unhappiness. No wonder letting go has been always been the theme of a lot of songs and movies, like Let It Be and Frozen.

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    June 15, 2014 at 7:11 pm

  70. i am a song writer, and i don’t care to much for critics because they say things about artists and they don’t know what that artist may have gone through writing a song or album. many times it is right from the heart. i have songs that are personal, just like this one is to paul. i have always loved this song and always thankful that i can turn to music. paul is still writing great stuff to this day, and i hope i get to see him live someday

    randy donaldson

    June 19, 2014 at 10:57 am

  71. Randy, Let It Be is indeed a great song. In my opinion, it’s a classic. Also, you’re right, songs that are written from the heart, like Let It Be, are the ones that inspire and touch us. Thank you for taking the time to comment on our blog…

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    June 20, 2014 at 6:34 pm

  72. I always thought the song was about Mary mother of God, comforting him in a time of need. I quess in a way it’s almost the same the same thing with his own mother coming to him in a dream. When we are at our lowest we can have a spiritual experience which can help us deal with a hopeless situation. I believe those who have gone before us do send us signs to let us know they are with us. I loved this song and now it has even more meaning for me. Thank you for sharing it.

    DrNick Mazza

    July 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

  73. You’re welcome, Nick.

    The beauty of the song is that it could be interpreted in many ways; it has many levels of meaning. By the way, I share in your conviction that those who have gone before us are still with us – guiding, protecting, and helping us.

    Thank you for the taking the time to visit our blog.

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    July 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

  74. Has to be one of my favorite Beatles songs.,. Bought a shirt in Bangkok with their faces on it and the line “There will be an answer, let it be.” The essence of that line, the whole song, undoubtedly resonates with a lot of people. Thank you for sharing this Matt. Awesome story.

    Kai

    September 7, 2014 at 10:46 pm

  75. You’re welcome, Kai.

    You’re right. This song resonates with a lot of people. It’s been years since we posted this, yet it remains to be the most read post of our blog to this day. I guess, it’s because the lyrics are so meaningful that it resonates especially with people who are going through challenges in their lives. The title says it all: “Let it Be”…

    Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts with us…

    –Matt

    MattAndJojang

    September 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

  76. Just read you article about how Let It Be came to be. What a wonderful story. I knew that Mother Mary was referring to Paul Mcartney’s mom but I didn’t know the whole story. I really appreciate the song that much more now. I think Mcartney is the type of person that rubs off positivity on people he comes into contact with. We need so many more people like him in our world

    Chunga

    September 13, 2014 at 9:36 am

  77. It’s indeed a great song, Chunga. It has inspired a countless number individuals, including myself and my wife, Jojang. Glad that you enjoyed our article about the story behind the song.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog…

    — Matt

    MattAndJojang

    September 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm


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