|Let it Be
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This song sounds so much like a hymn!
It's almost like being in church when you hear it.
It was written and sung by Paul McCartney
when the Beatles were splitting up,
when they were tearing each other apart.
One night in the middle of that hell of splitting up,
Paul had a dream.
His mother, Mary, who had died when he was young,
came to him and said, ‘Let it be’.
It was as if she was saying,
‘Don’t struggle any more.
Leave it alone.
Trust that everything will be well.’
Now every good Beatles fan knows
that Paul came from a Catholic family.
And so when Paul sings about ‘Mother Mary’,
your first thought is: this is about the Virgin Mary.
I'm sure she was in the back of Paul's mind too...
the Mother Mary all Catholics instinctively turn to for help.
The closing words of the Hail Mary
(the famous prayer to Mary)
are just like Let it Be.
They're about seeking comfort in my hour of darkness:
‘Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death.’