The Beatles released a massive amount of songs throughout their careers, many of which were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney – the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership. One track, although credited to the partnership, was penned by McCartney alone for the band’s 12th and final album Let It Be.
Lennon said of the song, Let It Be: “That’s Paul. What can you say?”
He suggested McCartney’s penmanship on the track was 100 percent him, and could have even been a song written for his second band Wings.
Lennon added: “It’s nothing to do with The Beatles … I don’t know what he’s thinking when he writes Let It Be.
“I think it was inspired by Bridge Over Troubled Waters. That’s my feeling, although I have nothing to go on. I know he wanted to write a Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”
The emotional track was written by McCartney in 1969 and was released a year later on March 6, 1970 as a single from their album of the same name. The song has a touching meaning behind it, however. McCartney wrote it about a dream he had about his mother. His mother, Mary McCartney, died of cancer when the singer was just 14-years-old on October 31, 1956. He later referred to the event as “something I never got over”.
McCartney added: “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.”
Let It Be reached number two in the UK Singles Charts.
However, it reached number one in the USA, making it their seventh consecutive year charting at least one number one hit.
This record was shared with Elvis Presley at the time.
It also marked the seventh consecutive number one in as many years for the Lennon-McCartney partnership.