Let It Be chords and lyrics

by The Beatles

Song Details

The Beatles

Writers: Paul McCartney -

Credited: Lennon/McCartney

Album: Let It Be

Recorded: March 1970

Released: 6th May, 1970

Genre: Rock, pop, gospel

Song Features: Key of C Major in 4/4 time at ~74bpm (♩)
Chords: C, G, Am, F, Dm, Dm7, Em, B♭
  • C: x32010
  • G: 320003
  • F: xx3211 OR 133211 (B)
  • B♭: x13331
  • Am: x02210
  • Dm: xx0231
  • Dm7: xx0211
  • Em: 022000
The Beatles

Let It Be was written by Paul McCartney after having a dream about his mother.

In the dream Paul’s mother (died when he was 14) told him, "It will be all right, just let it be". This dream occurred during a very tense period for the band while they were recording their 'White' album.

The single was released in 1970 and was the title track to the album of the same name. The single reached number 1 in the US and number 2 in the UK.

The song won an Academy Award in 1971 for Original Song Score for the documentary film 'Let It Be'. It also won an Academy Award for Best Original Score written for a motion picture.

'Let It Be' was to be the final single released by The Beatles before Paul announced he was leaving the band. It is still very popular today and sits at number three in the 100 Best Beatles Songs list.

Official Website: paulmccartney.com

Wikipedia: The Beatles

Official Website: thebeatles.com

Charts

Let It Be by The Beatles

Intro: 4/4
   | C  /  G  / | Am  /  F  / | C  / G  / | F  C  - Dm7  C  / |

           C                G                  Am              F
1. When I find my-self in times of troub-le___ Moth-er Ma-ry comes to me
    C                  G              | F  C  - Dm7  C  / | 
   Spea-king words of wis-dom___ Let it be
       C              G                   Am                 F
   And in my hour of dark-ness___ She is stand-in right in front of me
    C                  G              | F  C  - Dm7  C  /  |
   Spea-king words of wis-dom___ Let it be

               Am           G            F          C
Chorus: Let it be___ Let it be___ Let it be  Let it be
         C                 G              | F  C  - Dm7  C  /  |
        Whis-per words of wis-dom___ Let it be

        C                 G                Am               F
2. And when the brok-en heart-ed people___ Li-ving in the world a-gree
     C              G               | F  C  - Dm7  C  /  |
   There will be an an-swer___ Let it be
         C                 G                   Am                  F
   For though they may be part-ed___ There is still a chance that they will see
     C              G               | F  C  - Dm7  C  /  |
   There will be an an-swer___ Let it be

               Am           G            F            C
Chorus: Let it be___ Let it be___ Let it be___ Let it be yeah
          C              G               | F  C  - Dm7  C  / |
        There will be an an-swer___ Let it be

               Am           G            F            C
Chorus: Let it be___ Let it be___ Let it be___ Let it be
         C                 G              | F   C  - Dm7  C  /  |
        Whis-per words of wis-dom___ Let it be


Bridge: | F  Em  - Dm   C  Bb  - F  | G       F       C      /      |
        | F  Em  - Dm   C  Bb  - F  | G       F       C      /      |
 

Instr:  | C  /  G  / | Am  /  F  /  | C  / G  / | F  C  - Dm7  C  / |
        | C  /  G  / | Am  /  F  /  | C  / G  / | F  C  - Dm7  C  / |

               Am           G            F              C
Chorus: Let it be___ Let it be___ Let it be yeah Let it be
         C                 G              | F   C  - Dm7  C  /  |
        Whis-per words of wis-dom___ Let it be...

        C                  G                  Am                  F
3. And when the night is cloud-y___ There is still a light that shines on me
     C              G              | F  C  - Dm7  C  /  |
   Shine un-til to-mor-row___ Let it be
      C               G                Am              F
   I wake up to the sound of mus-ic___ Mo-ther Ma-ry comes to me
     C                 G               | F  C  - Dm7  C  / |
   Speak-ing words of wis-dom___ Let it be...


               Am           G            F              C
Chorus: Let it be___ Let it be___ Let it be yeah Let it be
          C              G                | F   C  - Dm7  C  /  |
        There will be an an-swer___  Let it be...

               Am           G            F              C 
Chorus: Let it be___ Let it be___ Let it be yeah Let it be
          C              G                | F   C  - Dm7  C  /  |
        There will be an an-swer___  Let it be...

               Am           G            F              C
Chorus: Let it be___ Let it be___ Let it be yeah Let it be
         C                 G              | F   C  - Dm7  C  /  |
        Whis-per words of wis-dom___ Let it be...
 
Outro: 
     |  F  Em  - Dm   C  Bb  - F  |   G     F     C     /    |   

C Major

Red numbers: Finger positions/notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Guitarist  
            C                 G                Am                 F             F (barre)
    e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|
    G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-3-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |-1-|-2-|---|
    D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|---|-3-|   D |-1-|---|-4-|
    A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|x  A |-1-|---|-3-|
    E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |-1-|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

           Dm                Dm7               Em                Bb 
    e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
    B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|-4-|
    G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |-1-|---|-3-|
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |-1-|---|-2-|
    A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|-1-|---|   A |-1-|---|---|
    E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

Left-Handed Guitarist
          C                 G                Am                 F             F (barre)
    |---|---|---| e   |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|-1-| B
    |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-3-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-2-|-1-| G
    |---|-2-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |-3-|---|---| D   |-4-|---|-1-| D
    |-3-|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E
      3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets
      
         Dm                Dm7               Em                Bb
    |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e
    |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |-4-|---|-1-| B
    |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |-3-|---|-1-| G
    |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |-2-|---|-1-| D
   x|---|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|---|-1-| A
   x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Fairly (need to know a B♭ barre chord, unless you play it in the open position - xx3331)
  • Song Key: C Major - no sharps or flats
  • In the Intro, you will notice several 'simile' marks (/). This is a form of 'repeat' symbol where you repeat the previous chord within the bar. The more commonly used repeat symbol is % where you have an exact repeat of the previous bar.
  • Intro: | C / G / | Play C for 2 beats and G for 2 beats. This could also be written as | C - G | where the dash or hyphen between 2 chords in a bar means the timing for each chord is split evenly.
  • What happens when there is a combintion like the following example.
  • Intro: | F C-Dm7 C / | Here we have a bar with a dash & repeat sign. The time signature is 4/4 ( 4 quarter-note beats per bar). This can be counted as | 1 2 3 4 | or | 1& 2& 3& 4& |.
  • If we use the | 1 2 3 4 | count, the bar would be viewed as |(F) (C-Dm7) (C) (C) |... 1 beat on F, 1/2 beat each on C & Dm7 (1 beat split evenly = 1/2 beat for each chord), and 2 beats on C.
  • If we use the | 1& 2& 3& 4& | count, the bar would be viewed as | (F&) (C-Dm7) (C&) (C&) |... the result is exactly the same (each entity is equal to 1/2 beat). 1/2 x 8 beats = 4 beats.

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