The Beatles — Let It Be
Album: Let It Be
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9

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Total ratings: 1793
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Released: 1970
Length: 3:59
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When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be

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

''(Ooh)'' Let it be, let it be
A-let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah, let it be
Oh, there will be an answer
Let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be
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I can still remember my mom and older sister crowded around our little AM radio when this song came on, writing down the lyrics. This song instantly transports me back to the 70s. Powerful.
Always thought this is was one of the Beatle's most overrated songs. Sounds great but the lyrical content/message is ho-hum at best. Still -rate it as an 8.   
30 people recognize this tripe for it is{#Nyah}
Fond memories of my summer busking in Brussels and Amsterdam for my dinner money...
 DaveInVA wrote:
Let it pee
Let it pee
Let ir pee all over thee... 

 
Asshole as thou be, so entertaining..
Not too many "9's" here. 
10, easy. 
{#Smile}
10^2

Say no more!

 
great song always a great song {#Tongue-out}
Let it pee
Let it pee
Let it pee all over thee... 
Thank you for this, I needed a little bit of this today.
{#Angel}
This is one of the time-and-place songs for me, I remember exactly where I was and who I was with the first time I *really* listened to this song. It was an emotional time, and that's probably why it stuck with me. Not my favorite Beatles tune, but still worth a 9. Happy Friday!
 stegokitty wrote:

Coming from a guy with over ten printed pages of songs rated with 10.
How do you take yourself seriously? 

 
Oh, so that's what ratings envy looks like.  
i just recently learned that Mother Mary in this song was not the mother of Jesus but McCartney's mother
like Lennon's mother McCartney's mother also died when he was a teen but they didn't have the weird relationship like Lennon did
Mary McCartney was a nurses assistant and/or midwife, he said he remembers his mother going out at all hours of the night on her bicycle to help women give birth 
lovely transition from Wailin' Jennys
 MrsTom wrote:
What a feeble voice
  {#Drunk}
Always a peep that even though 1660 ratings give it a 9 AVERAGE LOL  thanks for your "insight" MrsTom lol 
I adore the songs these guys churned-out so effortlessly. This one however, is one of those which I do not play very often. Paul repeats himself too much, and the lyrics are very pithy.
We REALLY need an 11.
This song brings me to a happy place.
rdo wrote: 

I can't see what people see in this song.


james_of_tucson replied:

That's ok. It's not important what people see in the song. What's important is what YOU see in it. If that's "nothing", then that's ok. Maybe nobody sees anything. Why would that be an issue for you in the first place? 

I  know rdo already replied himself. I hadn't seen that when I wrote the following and don't want to put words in his mouth, just felt like stating my feeling.

I *HAVE* to jump in: I really know why this would be an issue: when I like a song/music etc. AND it is liked by a lot of people, it feels GOOD. It feels like I'm connected to a lot of people. It is comforting, it is reassuring to know I share a feelimg with a wide community. When I'm attending a concert, a large part of the thrill comes from sharing the experience with the other members of the audience.
When I totally get off on something and find nobody who likes it too, it won't make me reconsider my feeling, but there'll be a tiny sting of sadness about that now and thn.
I think rdo was saying,that it bothered him, even if just a little, that so many people liked this song and he couldn't share that liking with them. But that's just my interpretation.
 
My favorite version is determined by the "first heard" factor. My older brother made me a Beatles tape and put the singles version in it, I was about 13 years old.
think i was pas twenty when I heard the album version for the first time. It simply was way too late.
My perception was one of perfection regarding the singles - where the solo is just much better and the guitar sound much better integrated with the sound of the whole song. I'm not convinced with Goerge's "answers" at the end of the album version. There also is a BIG problem with the mix, the guitar is way too much up front.
I always thought the album version sounded like a rough cut and the single version like the one that should have been on the album.
 rdo wrote:
Let what be?  What nonsense.
 
Coming from a guy with over ten printed pages of songs rated with 10.
How do you take yourself seriously? 
And the Totally Unnecessary Orchestration award goes to Phil Spector.

 This is, however, the superior version.
Everybody in my homeless camp loves this song...  and this great album...
What a feeble voice
Poignant -- in so many ways.
{#Bananapiano}  "Godlike song from a "Godlike" album
Let what be?  What nonsense.
 gjr wrote:
george wanting to put a guitar solo on "hey jude" also
 
I don't think that's true. George wanted to play answering lines in the verses, and Paul said no. I think Paul was probably right in that case.
 mash001 wrote:
Thanks to my godless ex I truly cannot stand the Beatles...and I'm entitled to my feelings.I just can't listen to them.Sorry
{#Eek} 

 

if it werent for your godless ex - would you STILL not like them?  

 
Thanks to my godless ex I truly cannot stand the Beatles...and I'm entitled to my feelings.I just can't listen to them.Sorry
{#Eek} 
i give this "guitar solo" version a 14.....the "paul" version a 10
{#Roflol}
 palad1 wrote:
I was stressing out at work against a nasty piece of code, running out of ideas, fearing a deadline and Bill plays Let It Be...

 

 

it usually does with music..........
Beatles is Godlike synonym.
 WonderLizard wrote:

I prefer the singles version. This version is one time I think Spector got it wrong.

 
it had nothing to do with spector.  if you watch the movie "let it be" you see (painfully, i might add) paul and george getting into a bitter argument about whether or not the solo belonged in the song.  i assume that this led to the two different releases.  watching "living in the material world" a few months ago, paul was talking about george wanting to put a guitar solo on "hey jude" also and he added "george, well, you know, thought there should be a guitar solo everywhere."   
history has come down on the side of george:  the solo works perfectly in this song.  mccartney had become a despot by that point 
 Proclivities wrote:
"So repetitive" many here may say - I'm surprised no one else has written it.  I've always preferred this version (with the guitar solo) to the single version.

 
I prefer the singles version. This version is one time I think Spector got it wrong.
I completely agree with you! I've always felt the single version (which contains an organ solo) just doesn't have the same feeling as this guitar solo. 

Proclivities wrote:
I've always preferred this version (with the guitar solo) to the single version.

 



marvelous...  love this song...  love this album...
 
 kingart wrote:
Because this is one of the closing anthems for the Beatles, I've always found it a bit of a downer, like the end of a long and wonderful relationship. It's a lovely, beautiful but wistful song but it's almost a lament about what is missing. 

 
Agree, definite feeling of closure and end. But still a great song. 
 phlattop wrote:
Nice transition from the Wailin' Jennys Long Time Travell!

 

Yes, both repititious and boring. Although I do like both bands.
Paul.wrote it for his mother
 ThePoose wrote:
Paul's mother was named Mary.

 

Nice transition from the Wailin' Jennys Long Time Travell!

Everybody in my church loves this song...  and this great album...
I like this version best. Seems to exude the "happening" between musicians in the studio.

Has anyone seen the movie "Across the Universe"? The version of this song sung in the movie is very powerful. This song swept across a nation, and a time, and will last forever.
 jberko wrote:
We were all so much younger then.  Where has the time gone?
 
I'm still that young in mind which is all that matters, I guess!    This is a better version.{#Cool}
"So repetitive" many here may say - I'm surprised no one else has written it.  I've always preferred this version (with the guitar solo) to the single version.