Paul McCartney – “The Long And Winding Road” Live
Let Me Know The Way!
“The Long and Winding Road” was written by Paul McCartney and released on May 11, 1970 for The Beatles’ twelfth and final studio album “Let It Be.” It became the last number one song of the band in the United States. McCartney wrote this while he was in Scotland and this ballad basically summed up how The Beatles were during their final months together.
McCartney originally wrote the song at his farm in Scotland, and was inspired by the growing tension among the Beatles. McCartney said later “I just sat down at my piano in Scotland, started playing and came up with that song, imagining it was going to be done by someone like Ray Charles. I have always found inspiration in the calm beauty of Scotland and again it proved the place where I found inspiration.”
After The Beatles, this song became a staple in McCartney’s repertoire. It’s often performed with a piano arrangement.Though there were several controversies when McCartney received a pre-acetate release of this track, he eventually got his way after the release of “Let It Be… Naked.”
In an interview in 1994, McCartney described the lyric more obliquely “It’s rather a sad song. I like writing sad songs, it’s a good bag to get into because you can actually acknowledge some deeper feelings of your own and put them in it. It’s a good vehicle, it saves having to go to a psychiatrist.”
Listening to this can easily make ANYONE emotional.