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“Let It Be”
“Let It Be” cover
Single by The Beatles
B-side "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)"
Released 6 March 1970 (UK)
11 March 1970 (US)
Format 7"
Recorded Apple Studios
31 January 1969
Genre Rock
Length 3:50
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin and Chris Thomas
The Beatles singles chronology
"Something" / "Come Together"
(1970)
"Let It Be"
(1970)
"The Long and Winding Road" / "For You Blue"
(1970)
That's Paul... I think it was inspired by 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.' That's my feeling, although I have nothing to go on. I know he wanted to write a 'Bridge Over Troubled Water.'

—John Lennon, 1980

I had alot of bad times in the '60s. We used to lie in bed and wonder what was going on and feel quite paranoid. Probably all the drugs. I had a dream one night about my mother. She died when I was fourteen so I hadn't really heard from her in quite a while, and it was very good. It gave me some strength.

—Paul McCartney, 1986

One night during this tense time I had a dream I saw my mum, who'd been dead ten years or so. And it was great to see her because that's a wonderful thing about dreams, you actually are reunited with that person for a second... In the dream she said, 'It'll be alright.' I'm not sure if she used the words 'Let it be' but that was the gist of her advice, it was 'Don't worry too much, it will turn out okay.' It was such a sweet dream I woke up thinking, 'Oh, it was really great to visit with her again.' I felt very blessed to have that dream.

—Paul McCartney, 1994

Lyrics

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