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Thread #116324   Message #2498907
Posted By: Genie
20-Nov-08 - 07:15 PM
Thread Name: New "Yes We Can" chorus for 'Let It Be'
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: New chorus for 'Let It Be'
Thanks for posting about your additional chorus, Gary. (It actually is an added chorus, not a new "verse.")

We're all entitled to our opinions, of course, but I hope you won't be discouraged from posting here, or from doing your version of "Let It Be" because there are those who think it's a sacrilege to "tinker" with a song someone else wrote.    (We wouldn't have most of Woody Guthrie's songs if everyone viewed music and poetry that way. And the copyright-protection issue is relevant from a legal standpoint, especially if one is using a non-PD song commercially, but I'm not sure it's relevant from an ethical standpoint.)

As for the idea that this new chorus is somehow a political commercial, I say pbbllffft!   

Misha, I am the one who wanted to share Gary's chorus via Mudcat, not Gary (and certainly not Barack Obama). I asked Gary for permission to do that. : )

But a major part of Obama's campaign has been an echo of Ghandi's charge that we must "be the change [we] seek."    With that in mind, I like the idea of singing the added chorus this way:
Make us brave, make us strong,
Let us help this world along.
We can be an answer:
Let it be.

The very fact that this verse puts a different frame around the phrase "Let It Be" is what I like about it.   "Let it be" can mean "Leave it alone" ("Don't interfere"), "Allow it to happen," etc.   It can also be a wish or a prayer, as in "Let There Be Peace On Earth (And Let It Begin With Me)."
(I think your intro to the new chorus alluded to the two different senses of the phrase, Gary.)

Anyway, I don't find this new chorus at all incompatible with Paul McCartney's verses:
"And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree,
There will be an answer - let it be.
And tho' they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see.
There will be an answer - let it be."

While I do hear in McCartney's lyrics the message of "acceptance" of what we cannot change, I do not hear an admonition to remain a passive observer.

Anyway, the meaning of lyrics is in the mind of the beholder as much as in that of the lyricist.