Songs That Make a Difference: Let It Be


When I first heard this song I thought… There will be an answer, let it be: ignore it, walk away from it.  Leave it alone. Abandon the band, not your problem. Let Yoko have John.

Screw the world.

Let it be. It was Paul’s F-you song.

In a lot of ways, it felt like a response to the Hey Jude album of 1969, with The Ballad of John and Yoko and Revolution. It was a song of dejection, defeat.

And when the broken hearted people

Living in the world agree

There will be an answer

Let it be

Like that was ever going to happen. In my adolescent angst it sounded like sarcasm. It was 1970; the beginning of a vague, somewhat hazy, period in my reality. My world was already enveloped in music (and books). It shaped my reality at every turn. And this gave me license to, you know, be angsty and let it be.

Today, I hear those same words, There will be an answer, let it be, so differently. There will be an answer, allow it to exist in your reality, no matter your view; 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

At the end of the day, the only person I can control is me. Someday, maybe everyone will feel that way – and there will be an answer to all of the things that trouble the world. As I age, I see Let It Be as a precursor or prologue to Imagine.

The juxtaposition of these two points of view in the one song strikes me as stark. I find myself wondering if I would have viewed things differently had I seen this video in 1969, or 70… Who would I be today? I think that without the cloudy nights of the past, I would never understand that there is still a light that shines on me and it will shine until tomorrow.

So, Let it be.

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