"The Long and Winding Road" as written by John Winston Lennon and James Paul Mccartney....
The long and winding road
That leads to your door
Will never disappear
I've seen that road before
It always leads me here
Lead me to you door

The wild and windy night
That the rain washed away
Has left a pool of tears
Crying for the day
Why leave me standing here
Let me know the way

Many times I've been alone
And many times I've cried
Any way you'll never know
The many ways I've tried

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me waiting here
A long long time ago
Don't leave me standing here
Lead me to your door

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me waiting here
A long long time ago
Don't leave me standing here
Lead me to your door


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"The Long and Winding Road" as written by Paul Mccartney John Lennon

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  • +5
    General CommentRead as much into it as you want...In the end it is a love song...love of a person...time...or place....but make no mistake it is a love song....one of the few to never use the phrase "I love you" or even the word love....trust me....it's a love song.
    stephenwson December 19, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is absolutely beautiful.
    i think another interpretation of this song is that sometimes one may find the person that they are meant to be with, but due to other circumstances, they are somewhat rejected from having a long term relationship with that person.
    anyhow---so i think that this song talks about how you never let go of that one person, no matter how many others your with or what happens with your life. your mind leads you back or "takes you back down the road" to that one "home" that you found in that certain person.
    ukulele84on May 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationOne of the most beautiful and most timeless ballads ever.And one that can hold a deep personal meaning for each listener(in my opinion).

    I always think of the 'door' as being somewhat symbolic of someone's heart and the long and winding road as both geographic and symbolic of the long road to gain or regain someone's trust(heart).The singer may have once held the other person's heart(door)or was on the road to doing so,but was 'left standing there',and through all their wanderings they are still 'led back' because despite the door(heart)being so hard to reach it was still the one door(heart)they knew would open to them.

    'The wild and windy night
    that the rain washed away
    has left a pool of tears
    crying for the day'
    To me this symbolizes some turmoil or other that even once seemingly overcame has left an emptiness and need,that can only be filled by reaching the end of the long winding road and the door/heart though the singer is uncertain he/she will ever get there.The theme throughout the song is uncertainty,will the road ever finally end,and where?
    Though definitely a love song,I feel it's very different than the typical love song in the sense that it's about finally knowing who you should be with yet the road there is still difficult.
    ShatteredVinylon April 16, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song is inspired by the road down the Kintyre peninsula of Scotland to Paul's home (still owns it) in Machrihanish where Paul retreated to get away from mayhem of the Beatles. The road is long but it isn't as winding as the song suggests - it's fairly straight in most places. There are actually two roads to his place - the coastal road takes a little longer to drive but the ocean views are indescribably beautiful. Definitely a bit of a nowheresville down there even today but very pretty.
    OlderDudesRuleon November 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree The Great Wok. The long and winding road is about God. Paul was questioing his life like we all do and turned to that which put us here. Don't leave me waiting here is a prayer asking for help,'i'm stuck'. Show me a sign-post. From that which we came will we return.
    Gladiator01on November 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment1.The long and winding road that leads to your door
    My life have gone in many directions. I have seen the best in myself and the worst. Here I am.

    2.Will never disappear, I’ve seen that road before
    People can identify. I hope to find out.
    czarstaron December 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst: Abbey Road was recorded after Let It Be, but released before Let It Be.

    Second: The Naked version of this song is much better than the normal Let It Be version, in my opinion.

    Third: I've always seen this song as being about a man reminiscing over a nasty breakup in his past, and how he'll never forget it.
    erasmus11290on January 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYes, the song appears to be about the Beatles & many things that was going on in the Beatles life at the time must have inspired it.. I cant disagree BUT there is also a much deeper level of understanding in this song.. it is about one's relationship to GOD

    I used to listen to it, it made me emotional & i thought it was a love song ( it matched how I felt about frustrating romances) & other times i thought it is a song about some unattainable goal that has a long & winding road to reach it 9it matched how i felt about my career that never got any better or never moved any further)

    BUT then ONE DAY it hit me when i was having one of those spiritual ups & downs.. I was literally & desperately crying out to God for help & this song began to play at the same time & oh my God... this was it.. i got what it is all about

    IT IS ABOUT THE LONG & WINING ROAD TO GOD & BACK FROM GOD THROUGHOUT ALL OF ETERNITY... this road has no beginning & has no end.. it always is.... You are one with God but then you separate (this separation is only an illusion) when you are born into a new body & then you return to God when you die & become one again... & this keeps going on & going on for eternity.....

    when you cry out & suffer is when are under the illusion that you are separate from God & that you are on an endless & tiring road to God but the peace comes in when you realize that in ultimate reality you are never separate from God & you are never on a road to God becuase you are with GOD always & all ways
    bananamamaon November 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningMcCartney: I was a bit flipped out and tripped out at that time. It’s a sad song because it’s all about the unattainable; the door you never quite reach. This is the road that you never get to the end of.

    McCartney: I just sat down at my piano in Scotland, started playing and came up with that song, imagining it was going to be done by someone like Ray Charles. I have always found inspiration in the calm beauty of Scotland and again it proved the place where I found inspiration.

    McCartney: It’s rather a sad song. I like writing sad songs, it’s a good bag to get into because you can actually acknowledge some deeper feelings of your own and put them in it. It’s a good vehicle, it saves having to go to a psychiatrist.

    Martin: That made me angry - and it made Paul even angrier, because neither he nor I knew about it till it had been done. It happened behind our backs because it was done when Allen Klein was running John. He’d organized Phil Spector and I think George and Ringo had gone along with it. They’d actually made an arrangement with EMI and said, ‘This is going to be our record.’

    Martin: EMI came to me and said, ‘You made this record originally but we can’t have your name on it.’ I asked them why not and they said: ‘Well, you didn’t produce the final thing.’ I said, ‘I produced the original and what you should do is have a credit saying: “Produced by George Martin, over-produced by Phil Spector”.’ They didn’t think that was a good idea.
    Dresden89on September 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta beautiful song. so fitting for the beatles last album.
    weezerific:cutleryon January 12, 2002   Link

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