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

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

Let it be, let it be
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

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah, let it be
There will be an answer
Let it be
Let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah, let it be
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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Let It Be Lyrics as written by Paul Mccartney John Lennon

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  • +17
    General Comment

    McCartney: One night during this tense time I had a dream I saw my mum, who’d been dead 10 years or so. And it was so great to see her because that’s a wonderful ting about dreams: you actually are reunited with that person for a second; there they are and you appear to both be physically together again. It was so wonderful for me and she was very reassuring. In the dream she said, ‘It’ll be all right.’ 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 OK.’ 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. So that got me writing the song “Let It Be.” I literally started off ‘Mother Mary’, which was her name, ‘When I find myself in times of trouble’, which I certainly found myself in. The song was based on that dream.

    McCartney: Mother Mary makes it a quasi-religious thing, so you can take it that way. I don’t mind. I’m quite happy if people want to use it to shore up their faith. I have no problem with that. I think it’s a great thing to have faith of any sort, particularly in the world we live in.

    Lennon: That’s Paul. What can you say? Nothing to do with the Beatles. It could’ve been Wings. I don’t know what he’s thinking when he writes “Let It Be.” 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.”

    (It should be noted that John was way off here because “Let It Be” was actually recorded well before “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was released. Also I think George’s beautiful guitar solo is an important part of the song. I sense jealousy in this quote.)

    Dresden89on September 11, 2010   Link
  • +9
    General Comment

    if there is a song that tells you how to solve basically anything, this is it...

    forsakendrummeron April 01, 2003   Link
  • +5
    My Interpretation

    My interpretation is that you can't control people or situations, even if you desperately want to, and for what may feel very good reason. In relationships we may want to fix or change things, but no matter how much love and communication is given, you cannot change people or control their sometimes shitty and weak choices.

    After struggling to hold everything together for too long, you finally realise, you actually have no control and that you just have to 'let it be". It's out of your hands.

    Faith gets you through these times ~knowing that you can and will be okay whatever outcome.

    archetypeson February 24, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General Comment

    This is one of the most beautiful and peacful songs ever ritten. It has a very deep, yet simple meaning. I lissen to ths song when im having a bad day or going thru something bad..basicially when im depressed. This song to me means that whatever is going to happen..will happen and that all the problems in ur life ..u shud jes let them be. let the situation be..let the people be. dont get urself worked up. And when the night is cloudy(When u are going thru something..when everythign just seems rong), There is still a light that shines on me, shine on till tommorow..(If ulook hard enuff u'll find something good...the light is always shinning on u..even during the darkest times), LET IT BE!

    Fatimajafrion March 13, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    this is a beautiful song. about paul's mum.

    weezerific:cutleryon January 11, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    how the hell is this song about weed.????

    imaginefrankieon June 28, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment

    Someone said it is about finding "light in darkness" and that sounds sooo nice. Yay-yuh.

    But, I have a skewed perspective on this one! My friend "Donut Boy" once threatened me with this song. Did he used to be a COP? I hope so. I mean, who doesn't love a man in a uniform? But, don't forget to BE KIND Mr. Donut! I will be too!

    A personal break-up. The Beatles break-up. The death of a grandmother, weed, a donut loving man...... Art can mean WHATEVER the hell we WANT it to mean. EVERYTHING is relevant. AND I JUST LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THAT ABOUT IT! That's why I'll NEVER "Let It Be". And besides.... I was INVITED here after all! Don't be inhospitable!

    Art for art's sake. No right or wrong answers here on Song Meanings. Just be true to yourself. I hate Lady Gaga.

    catsasstropheon February 01, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My Opinion

    I think like all music, poetry, or art, this song has different meanings to different people. That's the real purpose of any art, I think, is to connect with others. McCartney may very well have meant his mother, or he may have meant Mother Mary, but I think he probably meant both. It is a simple, beautiful song. Nothing really fancy about it. That's what makes is such a great song........and it IS a GREAT song.

    Kevin99on October 22, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    This song got me through the death of my Grandmother last summer and it still makes me cry everytime I hear it!

    The lyrics are just phenomenal!

    kimadianon June 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning

    in my opinion this song talks about how you're always gonna go through hard times but you have to let it be and it'll get better as you go on and i love this song to death it describes my life i my opinion

    musicgirl9507on November 21, 2010   Link

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