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Inspiration Music Magic; Just Three Little Words

No one is immune from adversity or personal setbacks. We all look for sources of inspiration to help carry us through. In my counseling office, I often use Paul McCartney’s story behind these three little words to a song as inspiration to others. It may not quite be inspirational, but it definitely will bring more peace to your life. What is the song and how might it bring more peace to your life? It’s just 3 simple words.

Paul McCartney was going through a really tough time in his life. It was the Autumn of 1968. It was late in the Beatles’ career and they had just begun to make a new album.

The Beatles were beginning to have some problems in 1968. Paul was sensing that they were about to breakup. Paul was staying up too late at night, clubbing and drinking, the way a lot of people were doing in the 60’s. He was living and playing hard.

The other members of the band were out living in the country with their partners, and he was still a bachelor in London with his own home. He was hoping to find someone, a wife. At the time, this was also in the back of his mind.

Paul was exhausted! Some nights he would just pass out on the bed; and when he woke up, he’d have difficulty pulling it off, thinking, “Good job I woke up just then or I might have suffocated.”

Inspiration

Then one night, somewhere between deep sleep and insomnia, he had the most comforting dream about his mother, who died when he was only fourteen.

Paul’s mother was a nurse and very hardworking, because she wanted the best for the family. Paul’s family was not well off and they didn’t have a car and they almost had a television. Both of Paul’s parents worked. His “Mum” contributed half to the family income.

When Paul came home at night, his mother would cook, and they would sit down to a family dinner. Dinner time gave the family a lot of time together. Paul’s mother was a very comforting presence in his life.

When she died, Paul had a tough time remembering her face. This is common with most people when they lose someone they love. As the days pass, it gets harder to remember their face; you use pictures to help remind you of what they look like.

Twelve years later, Paul’s mother appeared to him in a dream. Her face, completely clear, particularly her eyes; she said to Paul very gently, very reassuringly, “Let it be.”

The Song

Paul woke up with a great feeling. It was like she visited him at this very difficult time in his life and gave him this message: “Be gentle, don’t fight things, just try and go with the flow and it will all work out.”

So, being a musician, Paul went right over to the piano and starting writing a song: “When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me”…. Mary was Paul’s mother’s name ….. “Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. There will be an answer, let it be.” It didn’t take long, he wrote the main body of it in one go, and the subsequent verses developed from there: “When all the broken-hearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer, let it be.”

Not very long after the dream, Paul got together with Linda, his soon to be wife, which was the saving of him. And it’s as if his mum had sent her, you could almost say. The song is also one of the first things Linda and he ever did together musically. Linda sings the harmony in the song. You can hear it to this day.

Yo Paul, let it be

They sang the song at Linda’s memorial service. And after September 11, the radio played it a lot. People used to lean out of cars and trucks and say, “Yo Paul, let it be.”

Not only did his mum come to him in a dream and reassure him during a difficult time in his life – and sure enough, things did get better after that – but it also became a reassuring, healing statement for other people too.

I know it helps many other people in my practice as well as in my own life. There are times where there is nothing we can do, but “Let it Be.” With those 3 little words of acceptance, you will have more peace to discover what joy will arise from your adversity.