TIL Sir Paul McCartney’s mother (Mary McCarthy) died when he was just 14 years old. He struggled with the grief for around 8 years, until one night she appeared to him in a dream saying things like “Don’t worry, live your life, let it be”. From this he wrote the world famous Beatles song “Let it be”

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When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me Speaking words of wisdom, let it be


McCartney and Lennon both lost their mothers as teenagers, it was something they had i ncommon and bonded over.


Never heard the dream part. I do know that he once claimed he woke up with a melody in his head and fit the words “scrambled eggs” to it. Later, he called it “yesterday”.


Imagine birthing and raising one of the most famous musicians of all time and never getting the chance to know it.


My family ended up using “Let It Be” as the soundtrack for a slideshow of photos at my dad’s funeral. He was quite a Beatles fan, and the song’s lyrics seemed fitting and, of course, comforting. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I read about the story of the song – that it was about Sir Paul’s deceased mother, Mary. I ended up meeting Sir Paul a couple of years later – and wanted to thank him for his song and lyrics about his deceased parent, that brought me so much comfort with respect to my own parent – but like most brushes with greatness – the moment was fleeting, and a simple handshake and thanking him for his music was all that time allowed for. Grateful. Edit: Grammar and protocol.