What Is The Story Behind The Beatles' Let It Be?

20 November 2018, 12:19 | Updated: 20 November 2018, 12:46

Paul McCartney has recalled the incredible inspiration behind the 1970 track.

Let it Be was released in 1970 from The Beatles' album of the same name, and the accompanying documentary, which reached cinemas that May.

Written and sung by Paul McCartney, the iconic track was the last single to be unveiled before he announced his departure from the band.

Speaking to James Corden on the his segment of Carpool Karaoke earlier this year, McCartney has recalled how his late mother - who died from cancer when he was 14 - inspired him to write the track.
Watch him explain all in a clip of the video above.

The Beatles in 1969
The Beatles in 1969. Picture: Hans J. Hoffmann/ullstein bild via Getty Images

The Liverpool legend explaned: "I had a dream in the Sixties where my mum who died came to me in a dream and was reassuring me, saying: 'It's gonna be OK. Just let it be..."

McCartney's mother was also named Mary, which has been cited as an inspiration for the "Mother Mary" lyric.

However, when in asked if it had any reference to the Virgin Mary, The Beatle has been known to leave it up to fans' interpretation.

The Beatles - Let It Be poster
The Beatles - Let It Be poster. Picture: Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images

Elsewhere in the segment, Paul McCartney and James Corden sang The Beatles' Penny Lane, before visiting the now famous landmark and its surroundings.

Watch them here:

A rare demo of Let It Be, recorded in the summer of 1968, has been included on the deluxe edition of The Beatles aka The "White Album", which has been released to mark the LP's 50th anniversay in November 2018.

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