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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

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!


    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.



    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


    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


    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


    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. “


    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


    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


    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


    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.


    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


    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.


    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


    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!


    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


    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


    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*


    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.


    November 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

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



    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.



    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    August 31, 2013 at 9:47 am

  36. This is beautiful


    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 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…



    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!


    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.



    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.


    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


    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 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


    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”.


    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


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


    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


    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.


    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


    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


    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!

    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


    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…



    May 24, 2014 at 6:47 pm

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


    May 27, 2014 at 4:07 am

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

    — Matt


    May 27, 2014 at 9:45 am

  60. Thank you x


    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!


    May 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

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

    – Matt


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.


    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…



    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


    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


    September 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm

  78. I tended to think like what Dr. Nick said in his post, but not because of the lyrics, because of the “church”-sounding chords throughout the song, especially during the musical break between Paul on the piano and Billy Preston on the organ, ….

    Marc G.

    October 7, 2014 at 7:53 am

  79. You’re not the only one, Marc, who thinks that it’s a religious song. Anyway, religious or not, it’s a great song. It has brought comfort and inspiration to countless individuals, including myself and my wife, Jojang.

    Thanks for taking the time to visit our blog…

    — Matt


    October 7, 2014 at 12:29 pm

  80. Let it be. Let it go. Trust in God with the power of our mother. Thanks Paul for this beautiful song


    December 14, 2014 at 9:42 am

  81. Indeed, a beautiful song, Beth. We love this song, too. Yes, in the end we simply need to let go of the things we can’t change, and trust in God. That’s the secret of happiness…



    December 14, 2014 at 7:07 pm

  82. My mother loved this song…..we played it at her funeral. …..

    trudy torres

    April 25, 2015 at 9:49 am

  83. So sorry to hear about your Mom, Trudy. But I’m not surprised that she loved this song. It has inspired a lot of people, including myself and my wife. To my mind its the best song that Paul McCartney wrote.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog…



    April 27, 2015 at 9:03 am

  84. I adore this song and Paul’s description of how it came into existence is exactly how I often find what the song is trying to convey; don’t worry too much, everything will eventually turn out right 🙂


    July 12, 2015 at 6:29 am

  85. Yes, musicxxaddicted, it’s a great story. Who would think that this song was inspired by Paul’s dream of her mother? But more important is the message of the song. Letting go of the persons, events, or things in our life which are beyond our control is often the best course of action we can take. Surprisingly, though, when we do this, more often than not, things turn out well.

    Thank you for taking the time for visiting and sharing your thoughts…



    July 13, 2015 at 9:30 am

  86. It’s nice to know the background of such a beautiful song and singer songwriter 😜


    July 15, 2015 at 1:14 am

  87. You’re right, colletteagain: knowing the background of this beautiful song makes us appreciate it all the more. Also, the message of the song has resonated with millions, and, I believe it has made this song one of the most popular songs of all time.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog…



    July 15, 2015 at 9:37 am

  88. Thanks so much for this post!! It resonates with me too. Like Paul, my mom died when I was 14 and I suffered alot going through life since then without the support of a mom. I am currently facing alot of stress at work and it scares me because I just bought a new condominium. While worrying about this driving home from work this evening, the song “Let it Be” came on the radio. It caught my attention and I soon knew it had a deeper meaning for me and my situation. When I arrived home, I looked up the song and its meaning. Sure enough, it does seem to relate to my circumstances!! Thank you so very much for this blog and particular subject! God Bless!!

    July 24, 2015 at 6:54 am

  89. This song is also meaningful to me and wife, Kathy. in our married life we have our share of challenges; the greatest of which was when my health collapsed when we were just married for a few months. Needless to say, I almost died during that time!

    I guess the song resonates also to lot of people since it is the most viewed post of our blog. Its message makes it one of the most popular songs of our times.

    When faced with insurmountable problems, the best course of action is just to let go. Easier said than done, though. Surprisingly, as soon as we do this things begin to clear; in the end, it all turns out for the best.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog and sharing your thoughts with us. God bless!



    July 24, 2015 at 9:57 am

  90. Thank you for posting the meaning behind this beautiful song “Let It Be”. It made me cry. It is one of my favourite Beatles songs.
    The four judges on The Voice Australia sang it on the finale show last week and they did a pretty good job.
    This reminded me to Google the meaning and here it is, so thank you so much!


    September 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

  91. You’re welcome, Marilyn! I have to agree — it’s such a beautiful song and meaningful song. I and my wife, Jojang, love this song, too.

    Thank you, for taking the time for visiting our blog and sharing your thoughts with us…

    — Matt


    September 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm

  92. Really beautiful!


    September 12, 2015 at 5:10 pm

  93. I agree, Josh. It’s really a beautiful song, which has brought comfort and inspiration to a lot of people, including myself and my wife, Jojang.

    Thank you for dropping by our blog and taking the time to share your thoughts with us…

    — Matt


    September 13, 2015 at 7:43 pm

  94. I’m not sure how i came across your website blog! But i guess it was meant to be. I’m a 28 year old guy who lives in Zimbabwe and at the current moment, going through very hard economic challenges and personal ones to. Lost both my parents and grandad when i was very young. My grandmother was the only inspirational person left i had, who truely cared about me. Unfortunately she passed away last year, january 2014. Ever since then, i’ve been an emotionally stressed wreck, honestly. I’ve no money, nothing at all! Know a lot of you can relate to that yeah! But always find myself listening to, let it be, by Paul McCartney. I guess the song is saying, let life be and someday, it’ll all be alright. I pray i’ll find an answer, as the song goes. Thank you for your wonderful website. -Fadzi


    November 6, 2015 at 8:29 pm

  95. Fadzi, I can understand how you feel. I and my wife, Jojang, struggle with financial and health issues. 13 years, just a few months after we were married, my health collapsed. Since then I’ve been mostly homebound because of chronic illness. I’ve been in and out of the hospital and most of our income goes to our medical expenses. Needless to say, since that time I wasn’t able to work anymore and the income of my wife is barely enough to sustain out needs. But by some miracle our needs are taken cared of and we’ve never been without shelter or food. But more importantly we’re happy.

    “Let it be.” Three simple words that an 8 year old can understand but an 80 year old person would still find challenging to do. But when all hope seems lost, that’s the best thing to do. In my experience, all things eventually work out and there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. I and my wife will pray for you and we hope that things will become better for you.

    Thank you for sharing your moving story, Fadzi.



    November 7, 2015 at 7:44 am

  96. Thank you Paul my mam just passed away I have wrote these lyrics in the paper and ci will always no my mother will be standing right in front of me great song very comforting xx


    November 26, 2015 at 5:25 am

  97. Angela, you’re not the only one who’s been consoled and comforted by Paul McCartney’s song, Let it Be. I and my wife, Jojang, love this song. At the end of the day, when we have done all that we can in surmounting life challenges, the only sensible thing we can do is to “let it be…”



    December 3, 2015 at 9:41 am

  98. Hi Matt and Jojang, I have just written a song called “The not so timid me” about coming out of my shell more and going out places and taking more chances etc…
    The words Let It Be, just flowed out as I was writing the chorus. I looked up the song in your blog specifically to see if it wasn’t out of place and sound ridiculous in the scheme of the song.
    I think, pardon the pun, it was meant to be in there, but I am still at 6’s and 7’s about it.
    I know it is my song, but I also think by now, you are qualified to judge its merit in the lyric.
    So here goes:

    This is the not so timid me,
    the one that just set himself so free,
    listened real hard to let it be,
    and I will, I will.
    This is the not so timid me,
    I’ve broken the lock,
    I’ve tossed the key,
    This is the not so, not so,
    not so timid me.

    (C) 2016

    Michael Bracey

    January 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm

  99. Hi. Michael! I’m not much of a song writer, but reading the lyrics of your song I can say that it fits well with your intent. I, too, have an introverted personality; that’s why I understand where you’re coming from. It’s definitely not out of place, and most of us introverts certainly need to come out of our shells just a little bit more. I hope you get to finish writing your song soon.

    Thank you, Michael, for taking the time to visit and share your thoughts in our blog. Wishing you and your love ones the best of everything…



    January 5, 2016 at 10:22 am

  100. This a great article!

    Randi Brooks

    January 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm

  101. I’m glad you liked it, Randi. Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog…



    January 14, 2016 at 7:44 pm

  102. My Mum passed away in August 2013 and she was a Beatle fan, like my belated Dad was as well, and of course myself – I have the same initials as Paul. My third name being Mary and Mum’s second name was Mary too. Her Mother was called Mary and I was born on her 60th Birthday. I lost my friend in the April that year as well. It was a terrible year for me. My Mum was so active and full of life and became so ill suddenly, no appetite and kept falling. In and out of hospital etc. Got her in a care home, but was only there for 3 weeks. Took ill again, went in the Ambulance with her, but she died in the A & E Dept. I felt so alone. Anyway I decided to have Let It Be at the funeral, which I found very comforting to me. The words are beautiful and meaning full. I miss her, we shared a lot together and helped each other when my Dad passed away at 60. Paul was my favourite Beatle and it must have been awful to lose your Mum at 14. When I’m down – guess what comes on the radio?

    Julie P.M. Cooke

    January 21, 2016 at 7:30 am

  103. I am sorry for your loss, Julie. Paul McCartney’s song “Let it Be” has comforted and consoled many people. I’m not surprised that the song found it’s way in your heart and touched you in your deepest moments of grief. I and my wife, Jojang, too love the song. Indeed, when faced with situations of great pain and suffering, the song can serve as a healing balm for our broken hearts. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us…



    January 22, 2016 at 10:53 am

  104. It is a really beautiful song and it is a hymn that he wrote, as well as being so personal about his mother. Another song is The Long and Winding Road which always reminds me of my decreased mother and our separation now. Paul writes songs that comfort the bereaved and I do not think he even knew that when he wrote them.


    March 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

  105. It’s still wonderful advice so
    Let It Be.
    So simple it is soothing mind and heart.

    Mike Lamp

    March 5, 2016 at 7:03 pm

  106. To Paul : It is an awesome song, I sing along to it when it comes on the radio now and then.. and even listen on u tube .It has a very uplifting message.. and yes it does almost seem like a hymn of sorts. that is most likely why it is so popular. I work in a treatment center , helping folks LET it BE every day god bless you Paul.. because believe it or not, this song does indeed help others… Thank you so much for sharing this , I never knew this .. so great !


    March 6, 2016 at 3:02 am

  107. I wondered about whether the words “Let It Be” were meant as “leave it alone” or “please let it happen.” Or both, depending on what’s best.


    March 6, 2016 at 5:57 am

  108. Dear Paul.. These words resonate with me… Struggling in rehab in 1982, one of my rehab mates there would sing ‘Let It Be’ ….carried me thru my first 90 days… Been clean n sober ever since… God bless


    March 6, 2016 at 11:24 pm

  109. Thanks for posting this part of the RD interview. “Let It Be” was one of the first songs I can remember hearing on the radio that absolutely captured my ear and made me thirst for music. It’s the song that inspired me as a 10-year-old to teach myself to play piano. My obsession with music, borne of hearing “Let It Be” on the radio, led to my being curious about music and what makes it tick, eventually becoming a degree in music composition and orchestration… with a lot influence from Beatles music that I had devoured since “Let It Be” turned me on to it. Musically, this song was my “gateway drug”. For that, I owe Mr. McCartney a debt that I don’t think I can ever repay.

    Rich D

    March 7, 2016 at 9:36 am

  110. Delia, Paul McCartney is a gifted songwriter whose songs continue to inspire us. It comforts us us during our times of loneliness and grief. We are grateful that he shared with us his songs, especially “Let it Be.”



    March 7, 2016 at 8:04 pm

  111. Mike, yes it’s simple, yet it contains the secret of happiness. I think it was the Buddha who said that the secret to happiness is to learn to let go, which is exactly what Paul is saying in his song…



    March 7, 2016 at 8:06 pm

  112. Bonnie, I agree: It’s an awesome song. It never fails to bring encouragement, inspiration and comfort to those who will take the time to listen to this song…



    March 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm

  113. I’m not so sure, Joyce. But I’d like to think that it’s both, depending on what’s best…



    March 7, 2016 at 8:09 pm

  114. Thank you for sharing, Lisa. I’m so happy to hear that Paul’s song “Let it Be” has helped you to change your life…



    March 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm

  115. You’re welcome, Rich. What an inspiring story. It’s not the first time I heard that Paul’s song “Let it be” has changed a person’s life. It’s such a powerful song. Thanks for sharing, Rich…



    March 7, 2016 at 8:14 pm

  116. By far the single greatest musical composition ever written…Let It Be, indeed.


    March 10, 2016 at 1:48 am

  117. I have to agree, TC. This song has encouraged, inspired and transformed the lives of countless individuals…



    March 10, 2016 at 10:42 am

  118. I am so glad that Sir Paul took his mother’s words to heart, even though they were images from a dream. I don’t mean to minimize the impact of the dream, as I tend to believe that dreams of import are fairly common; but it is uncommon that we take the important message to heart. Obviously, Sir Paul was open – mind and soul – to the dream from his mum; and I thank God for Sir Paul’s sake, that he heeded her words. That is when Sir Paul’s life began to fall into order and obtain deep meaning. The song, Let it Be, is secondary to Sir Paul’s revelation, although it can be said that it was a direct result of Mother Mary’s message to her son. For me, Let it Be is spititual in nature: one of the most life-changing pieces of music of my day. It was at that time that I was experiencing my own difficulties; and Let it Be influenced my perceptions for all time.
    It is at this point that I would like to offer my most sincere gratitude to Sir Paul McCartney for being open in spirit to accepting the words from his dream; and then relaying that very seniment to all who would truly hear.
    In closing, I would like to say that I truly admire Sir Paul McCartney. I wish for him God’s Comfort, God’s Love, and God’s Peace in his day.
    And for what it’s worth, you remain ever on my personal prayer list

    Deborah Leininger

    March 14, 2016 at 9:45 pm

  119. Well said, Deborah. I have to agree that it’s more than a pop song; it’s indeed a spiritual song.

    Let it be, is song song that has touched countless lives. In some cases, listening to song has been life-changing from some people. I and my wife, too, love the song.

    Thank you for your prayers. We really appreciate it. God bless!



    March 16, 2016 at 10:26 am

  120. I love reading the years and years of comments here, and seeing how Paul McCartney’s beautiful words and music and the story behind them continue to inspire and comfort people. I believe Paul (and other such gifted artists, poets and musicians) are divinely anointed to bring universal messages of comfort that transcend the material barriers that keep people apart. Tonight, I am worried about the future 2016 election (of all things) and worrying about the world I will be leaving my children. While the song has comforted me through many personal trials over 50+ years including the loss of friends, family and my spouse — tonight it is saying that certain things are being our control, and we need to accept that all that happens is meant to be. Oh and one more thing — in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make (another divine Beatle sentiment)


    March 16, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  121. Susan, I, too, am amazed by the many people who have been touched and inspired by Paul McCartney’s song, Let it be. In my almost 60 years of existence, I have never seen our planet in such a bad state. The threats of climate change, global terrorism, corruption in all levels of society, uncontrolled consumerism and materialism, proliferation of nuclear weapons, etc. are putting our planet in a precarious position. If these go unchecked, I wonder if we still have a world to leave to our children.

    Somehow, though, I have faith that in the face of all these challenges and our own personal struggles things will turn out right. indeed, let it be, and in the end whatever happens is meant to be. I just hope my optimism during these dark days are justified.



    March 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm

  122. […] may be interested to read The Story Behind Paul McCartney’s Song: “Let It Be.” See other posts about Paul McCartney on The Uncarved Blog, and poems by Billy Collins, including […]

  123. That’s a beautiful story!Let it be was and still my favourite song of Paul!


    March 24, 2016 at 1:14 pm

  124. Probably my favorite Paul McCartney song.
    So many great ones to choose from, but this is at the top of the list.


    March 25, 2016 at 4:05 am

  125. I’m 6 yrs. younger than Paul. I always thought that “Mother Mary” in the song was referring to the Blessed Virgin. I always thought the song was a religious song. It is inspirational. I was surprised to read here that it was Paul’s mom’s name, but I’m sure Paul was well aware of the double connotation, being an irish catholic like me. My mom’s name was also Mary. I lost her 8 yrs. ago. Today is Good Friday. I found some solace in these comments and always in the song. I have faith that there will be an answer. Let It Be.

    Will Gleason

    March 26, 2016 at 3:12 am

  126. It’s indeed a beautiful story, Humberto. Knowing the story behind the song makes us appreciate all the more the song…



    March 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

  127. I and my wife, Jojang, love the song, too, Garry. It has inspired us, especially during the times we had difficulties in life…



    March 27, 2016 at 10:17 am

  128. Many people had that misconception, too, Will. But if you ask me, there’s nothing wrong if people think that the song referred to our Blessed Mother. I am a Catholic, too, and I love our Blessed Mother.

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I’m fortunate that my mother is still alive — no one can replace the place of our mothers in our life.

    But when times of difficulties come in our lives, indeed there will be an answer. For many of us, it is “Let it Be.”



    March 27, 2016 at 10:25 am

  129. A beautiful, awesome classic.


    June 8, 2016 at 4:38 am

  130. Comencé con THE BEATLES a los 6 añitos y siguen conmigo hasta hoy, “Let It Be” fue la primer canción que aprendí a tocar en el piano…¿cuantas veces la eh escuchado? es algo que averiguaré cuando llegue al Cielo, allí seguro tienen estadísticas de cada detalle. Me ah sucedido muchas veces que estando en la calle la eh escuchado en alguna radio y me emociono. Pero lo más fuerte que me sucedió con ella fue: Una mañana a mi hija la estaban operando, bajé a la calle a fumar un cigarro y esperar u a orar por ella que todo saliera bien. Ni bien salgo a la vereda en el acto comienzan los primeros acordes de “Let It Be” me vino una fuerte sensación y confirmación de:¡Todo saldrá bien! Era Dios mandándome esa canción para decirme que todo estaba en sus manos, luego subí y exáctamente, la operación había sido todo un ¡éxito! así que….¡Let It Be!!!


    June 14, 2016 at 12:02 pm

  131. I agree, Kitty. A classic indeed. That’s why probably it’s the most read post in our blog…



    June 23, 2016 at 4:55 pm

  132. Thank you for sharing your story, Lazaro.

    Many people, including I and my wife, have also been inspired and moved by Paul McCartney’s “Let it Be.” Yes, in our moments of difficulties we can only say “Let it be.” And, with God’s help, things usually turn out well.

    What an inspiring and comforting song, indeed…



    June 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm

  133. Unbelievable! I can relate to this song and Paul McCarthy’s experience in many ways. It is only until today I have realised the true story behind this song. I like Paul (also my own name, freaky!) am a Catholic and lost my mother when I was 15. That’s 20 years ago now. This song helped me through the most difficult time in my life. 4 years after my mother’s death I found myself struggling with life in general. At that time I listened to a lot of music. I happened to come across this song. It helped enormously at the time and it has always registered with me as a genius piece of music. It certainly helped me get over that rough patch. Today I find myself in a similar situation. Not as severe as before but enough to revisit this song and to get some valuable wisdom and comfort from its existence. I’m sure I am one of many to take some meaning and gratification from this song. Sir Paul, I thank you. I also thank MattAndJojang for having this site.

    And that

    August 5, 2016 at 11:05 pm

  134. Thank you for sharing your story.

    Paul McCartney’s song Let It Be is an amazing song. Truly, it’s one of the great inspirational songs of our times. It has brought comfort, joy and strength to countless people, including I and my wife. I’m glad to know that it has also helped you get over the rough times of your life.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Wishing you all the best…



    August 6, 2016 at 3:44 pm

  135. Thanks so much for sharing this story with a us.


    August 7, 2016 at 4:15 pm

  136. Blanca, I’m glad that you liked the post. I and my wife,too, have been inspired and comforted by Paul McCartney’s song Let It be. I believe, it’s one of the great inspirational songs of our times, which has touched the lives of countless people.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Wishing you all the best…



    August 8, 2016 at 12:49 pm

  137. So nice to read this. Thanks for sharing. It means a lot. It surely made my day better than I could ever expect. Thank you. Greetings from Mozambique!

    Sérgio Tivane

    August 10, 2016 at 5:50 pm

  138. You’re welcome, Sergio.

    It’s indeed a moving and inspiring story. The song has brought comfort, strength and hope to many people, including myself and my wife, Jojang.

    I’m glad you liked it.

    Thank you for taking the time for visiting our blog. Wishing you all the best…



    August 10, 2016 at 7:43 pm

  139. Very good song. I’m a freshman writing a report and I hope I do good and it touches the teacher and students like it did to me.

    Mary Lancaster

    September 6, 2016 at 8:37 pm

  140. I’m glad that you like the post, Mary.

    Paul McCartney’s “Let it Be” has inspired countless individuals, including I and my wife, Jojang. Indeed, I hope that your report will also inspire and move your teacher, as well as your fellow students.

    Thank you for taking the time for visiting our blog and sharing your thoughts.

    Wishing you the best,



    September 8, 2016 at 3:59 pm

  141. Just love, love, love this wonderful story — and the song. This song has been with me through some hard times including a bout with breast cancer.. To me, the words are so beautiful — so spiritual. Thank you, Paul. Also thanks for this insightful blog.

    Kay Johnson-Gentile

    September 15, 2016 at 8:55 pm

  142. I now what you mean, Kay. Our other readers, including my wife and I have been deeply touched and inspired by the story and song. It’s indeed a source of comfort and strength, especially during the challenging times of our lives. No wonder it’s the most read post in our blog.

    Thank you, Kay, for taking the time to visit our blog and for sharing your thoughts.

    Wishing you all the best,



    September 16, 2016 at 10:50 am

  143. About a year after my mom died, the choir at church sang Let It Be for some reason during Communion. It moved me deeply and I wept, I couldn’t stop crying throughout the whole song. I always thought it was a song about Mother Mary (mother of Jesus). It wasn’t until after I heard it at church and it had that affect on me that I later found out it was about McCartney’s mom. It has a new comforting meaning for me now.


    September 25, 2016 at 8:34 pm

  144. Thank you, Terry, for sharing your moving story. Many people, including, I and my wife have been touched by Paul McCartney’s “Let it be.” It’s indeed an inspiring song. Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Your story has touched us…



    September 26, 2016 at 9:32 pm

  145. Thank you for sharing this post. I am passing through a very difficult period and seems like it does not want to let go. I found consolation in the lyrics of the song and in its meaning. I hope things get better for everyone who is having a really bad time.


    October 5, 2016 at 1:23 am

  146. You’re welcome, Kris.

    I am so sorry to hear that you’re going through a very difficult period in your life. I guess, none of us are spared from the vicissitudes and challenges of life. I, myself, have been suffering from chronic illness for the past 14 years. I am fortunate, though, to have the love and support of my wife, who has been taking care of me throughout these years.

    And just like you, I and my wife, Jojang, have found comfort and strength in Paul McCartney’s song “Let it Be.” If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it is that to be happy. even in the midst of pain and suffering, we need to let go.

    Wishing you all the best,



    October 5, 2016 at 6:53 pm

  147. Let it be was my fave piano song. It was the title of their movie. I at first thought mother mary was the virgin mary. Song writing is a strange thing. You take referencds from various sources and people attache different meanings to the lyrics. Let it be to me means dont stress yourself over your problem. Whatever must be must be. My house burnt down and I raged against the world. Now I have decided to just let be, pick up the remnants and continue living.

    Ray Laarence

    October 24, 2016 at 5:39 am

  148. Many people, including myself, thought, too, that the song was about the Blessed Virgin Mary… until I read this story.

    I have a similar point of view and experience, Ray. There are a lot of things that we can’t control in our lives. And sometimes the best thing to do is simply to let it go.

    In my case, I was struck with chronic illness 14 years ago. Listening to the song and learning to let go and accept my present predicament really helped me in coping with my illness.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog and sharing your thoughts and experiences…



    October 25, 2016 at 10:21 am

  149. I wonder if it occurred to Paul, or someone pointed out to him that the “Mary” of the song might be Mary, the Mother of God?


    November 1, 2016 at 7:33 pm

  150. There are no indications, Jeff, that Paul meant the Mother of God when he wrote about Mary in the song. He made it clear that it was about his mother, Mary, who visited him in a dream at one of the lowest moments of his life. Previously, I thought, too that the song was about the Mother of God, until I read this story in his own words…



    November 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm

  151. After the election of 11/9 I heard this song on the radio and it really spoke to me for the first time. Something very inspiring and comforting. I am still sad but my heart is at ease.


    November 11, 2016 at 2:03 am

  152. Yes, it’s a very inspiring song, KK.

    During these difficult times I’ve found the song quite comforting, too. Recent global events, including the results of the recent US elections, have filled me with uncertainty and left me concerned as to what the future will be. Sometimes life doesn’t exactly move the way we want to. After doing what we can, we can only say: “Let it be.”

    Thank you for visiting our blog and sharing your thoughts.



    November 12, 2016 at 1:55 pm

  153. Hi there hope you see my comment. I was wondering were this interview came from? who did Paul McCartney Tell this to?

    – Stine DK

    Stine Sofie Løvkvist Christensen

    December 13, 2016 at 12:10 am

  154. Hi, Sofie!

    It was my wife, Jojang, who posted this. She told me she got this form an old issue of Reader’s Digest. Unfortunately, we don’t have a copy anymore. She gave it away. I hope that answers your question.

    Thanks for visiting our blog…



    December 13, 2016 at 5:33 pm

  155. How are we hope your day is going well , I think that the Beatles are in excellent band and I like the music it is Sunday morning 25th of March 2017 here in Australia I was sitting here listening to the radio and LET IT BE came up on the radio I think it’s a magic song I decided to look it up on the computer and I read how Paul came up with the words and like Paul I’ve been going through some very difficult times with relationships and life in general and I can understand what he saying through the words of this song I am 57 years old and I’m still a bachelor I was engaged once but I left the lady and since then I have yet to find a lady that I love as much as I did angie The woman I left “where are you my sweet love” come and save me so we can both say “LET IT BE” , and may God be with you Paul . And Peace to You all keep up the great work you are doing with this article you have presented . cheers to you all . Michael Matthews , Australia.

    Michael Matthews

    March 26, 2017 at 10:22 am

  156. Hi, Michael! Glad you liked the post. I and my wife Jojang love Paul McCartney’s “Let It Be.” Not only us, but quite a number of people as well. In fact, it’s the most read post in our blog.

    I could only surmise that the reason for this is that the song resonates with most people. Indeed, in times of difficulty, when there seems to be no resolution to the challenges we face in life, the best thing we could do is to “let it be.” By the way, the song reminds me of the Serenity Prayer, which for all practical purposes is saying the same thing:

    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
    Courage to change the things I can,
    And wisdom to know the difference.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog and for sharing your thoughts and experiences…



    March 27, 2017 at 11:07 am

  157. My best friend passed away recently and it has been very hard for me. Her favorite band was the Beatles. I turned on the radio in my car one day and this song was playing. I wondered if it was a sign or message from her. I kept singing it to myself over and over and then searched out the meaning of the song and found your website. Now I am sure she was reaching out to me. When I am feeling down I sing it to myself and it comforts me. Thank you for this story. It was comforting reading all the other responses, sort of like a support group.

    Kim Gassaway

    April 13, 2017 at 6:50 pm

  158. “Let it be” is such an inspirational song, Kim. I and my wife, Jojang, love the song, too. And as you may have realized by reading the comments of other people, it has also touched a lot of people. Paul McCartney’s story and lyrics have a timeless quality to it, and has comforted those of us who are grieving or struggling with life.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Thank you, too, for sharing…



    April 15, 2017 at 9:50 am

  159. Reblogged this on Holly Jurbergs and commented:
    Love this song and love it even more when I heard the story behind it.


    May 3, 2017 at 2:53 am

  160. I and wife, Jojang, love the song, too, Holly. It is such an inspirational song, which has comforted and consoled a lot of people, especially when they were having difficulties in life.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog and for sharing your thoughts…



    May 4, 2017 at 8:46 am

  161. Hello,

    I have been listening to this song for as long as I’ve been alive and always felt there was something elusive about its meaning. I just heard it again a few minutes ago and then wrote in to my browser “Meaning behind “Let it Be” and your blog appeared.

    Reading from Paul’s actual explanation of his feelings and difficulties at that time in his life was very emotional to me. But, when he said that he was starting to lose what his mother looked like, well, his words brought tears to my eyes. The feeling that you may forget someone you’ve loved all your life is devastating.

    His dreams of his mother’s words lifting him. Remarkable.

    Paul’s genius has always been his ability to listen to his soul. His has the soul of a true artist writing songs that has resonated to the world.

    Quite a moving story. Thank you.

    D. Johnson-Cochran

    July 20, 2017 at 8:07 am

  162. You’re welcome.

    “Let it be” is indeed one of those meaningful songs that never fails to move people. It has brought inspiration, comfort, consolation and strength to countless individuals, including myself and my wife, Jojang.

    I’m glad that our post has made the song much more meaningful to you.

    Thank you for visiting our blog, and for taking the time to share your thoughts…



    July 20, 2017 at 8:31 am

  163. Hello and a happy time to you. I just finished watching an episode of “The Vietnam War” from Ken Burns, etc. and the ending song in the credits was “Let It Be”. Although I have sung bits and pieces of this song over the years (I am 74 yrs old) today was the first time that I questioned the title and to what it is actually referring. I got the answer here so thanks in more ways than one. After viewing the movie I was quite filled with angst, remorse and a feeling of dread on how this war came to be. I was very touched as to the actual suffering so many, many people experienced, both in Vietnam and in our country, the USA. Being a person of color I remember how some people were treated both here in the USA as well as in Vietnam when we were all suppose to be working towards a common goal. Moving along to today it seems that history is “still” repeating itself. Over and over and over. I am still feeling the angst, the remorse and somewhat the dread but after reading the origin of the title “LET IT BE” my faith in mankind is continuing to be positive for if we will “LET IT BE” possibly, just possibly, things will get better. Thanks again for publishing the meaning of Paul’s and the Beatles song.


    October 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm

  164. Hi! I share the same thoughts. Yes, history seems to repeat itself over and over again. And the cycle of suffering that we inflict to each other doesn’t seem to end. Yet we can’t afford to lose hope or give way altogether to pessimism. In my experience, things usually work out.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog, and for sharing your thoughts…



    October 2, 2017 at 4:33 pm

  165. Hi thank you so much for sharing this story behind ‘Let It Be. The song from my youth has been very special to me. In fact more special than I could ever imagine. I hope you don’t mind I linked your story to my last blog OCT 13th post. Perhaps, you would like to check it out.

    I think the song is such a great Amen for these times. Thanks so much again.

    Christopher H

    October 21, 2017 at 7:39 pm

  166. Hi, Christopher!

    Not only you, but countless people (including myself and my wife, Jojang) have been inspired by Paul McCartney’s “Let it Be.” The song has moved and touched people. No wonder it’s the most read post of our blog.

    Please feel free to share the blog post. And thank you for taking the time to visit our blog and for sharing your thoughts.



    October 25, 2017 at 8:51 pm

  167. My name is actually Be. While attending a friend’s Wedding, this song came on. I’ve been going through a heartbreak. My best friend since 13, now we’re 35 has moved on and dating since our 5 years apart. I told him he was the love of my life and my soulmate and to give us another chance. Our timing was always off. Hearing this song, gives me the solution to my question, what if? Answer is to let is be. (also my name).


    November 22, 2017 at 7:48 am

  168. Hi, Be!

    Paul McCartney’s “Let it Be” is such an inspirational song. I and my wife, Jojang, love the song. It has brought to countless individuals comfort, consolation and strength during their dark times.

    Thank you for sharing your story. All I can say is don’t lose hope. In my case, I found my soulmate, who is now my wife, when I was already 44 years old! Life, indeed, is full of surprises.

    I wish you the best in your life’s journey…



    November 24, 2017 at 6:35 pm

  169. Ironically I am reading this on September 11, 2018. Not knowing the story behind let it be, my daughter sang this song at her dad’s funeral in 2009. Right after he died I saw him riding a goldenwhitehorse with wings in the sky and this song played on the radio. I was determined to have it at his funeral. It is amazing when I think my husband must have sent me that song as a means of comfort. My daughter also has a let it be tattoo in memory. I just now read her this story behind the song. Thanks Paul. I bet you didn’t know your song was being transmitted from the heavens.


    September 12, 2018 at 9:19 am

  170. Hi Shar,

    We apologize for the very late reply. Matthew, my husband, who usually replies to the comments in the blog has been sick for the past few weeks.

    We are deeply touched and inspired by your story. The song “Let it Be” has really touched so many people, including us. And knowing the story behind the song, makes it more inspiring.

    Thank you for visiting our blog. We hope you will drop by once in a while.

    All the best,



    September 18, 2018 at 9:21 pm

  171. This song is amazing, when I listen to it, I soar to another quality. It is one of the best songs I have ever heard. It is so sensational, wholehearted, shows the vulnerability of human…..


    October 10, 2018 at 7:15 am

  172. I have to agree, Reza. “Let it be” is such an inspiring song. No wonder this post is the most read post in our blog. Many people, including myself and my wife, have found this song a source of strength and consolation.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog and sharing your thoughts…



    October 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm

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