Shades Of Words

Let it be – The Beatles, 1970

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untitled-full;init_Let it Be was the 12th album by Beatles and was released in May 1970. It was made in the last few months of Beatles as a group; a time when the differences were out in open and each Beatle was treading his own path.Songs were being written individually and they would come together only for the recordings. This was a time when their work clearly shows the theme of individualism.

Although the Album was ranked 86th in the Rolling Stones list of 500 greatest albums of all time but it has some very good compilations. From the melodious and philosophical Long and Winding Road, Across the Universe to somewhat hard rock in I’ve Got a Feeling, Dig a Pony, One after 909 to the legendary Let it be by Paul McCartney create a perfect combination.

Some other highlights in this album are Get Back, Two of Us and I Me Mine.

Two of Us was written by Paul as a tribute to his wife Linda but at the time of its release it was considered as a tribute to the friendship of John and Paul.

Lennon wrote Across the Universe after meeting Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and considered the song as one of his best. The Beatles gave this song to WWF as a charity album and it was only later that Phil Spector included it in the album. John’s poetic genius is evident in the simplicity of the words of this song – ‘Words are flying out like endless rain into a paper cup, They slither while, they pass, they slip away across the universe.

Let it be is McCartney’s song and is supposed to be about his mother Mary McCartney. It’s a song about hope in times of despair –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.’

Track Listings

1. Two of us – Lead vocals by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

2. Dig a pony – Lead vocals by John Lennon

3. Across the universe – Lead vocals by John Lennon

4. I me mine – Lead vocals by George Harrison

5. Dig it – Lead vocals by John Lennon

6. Let it be – Lead vocals by Paul McCartney

7. Maggie mae – Lead vocals by John Lennon

8. I’ve got a feeling – Lead vocals by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

9. One after 909 – Lead vocals by John Lennon and Paul McCartney

10. The long and winding road – Lead vocals by Paul McCartney

11. For you blue – Lead vocals by George Harrison

12. Get back – Lead vocals by Paul McCartney

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