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Album: Let It BeReleased: 1970
According to disc 2 of the 2003 release Let It Be... Naked
, This is about a lady who tells her boyfriend that she is leaving on the train that leaves after train number 909. He begs her not to go, but she does anyway. He packs his bags and rushes after her and discovers that she is not on "the one after 909." He goes home depressed and goes into the wrong house.
John Lennon wrote this in 1959. It was one of his first songs. He penned the tune during a visit to his grandparents' three-bedroom terrace house at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, Liverpool. He had spent the first five years of his life living there with his parents and grandparents.
Part of The Beatles' early live repertoire, this ended up on their last album. The album was going to be titled "Get Back" and was supposed to be The Beatles getting back to their roots and playing live. It didn't work out that way, and by the time the album was released, The Beatles had broken up and "Let It Be" was chosen as the title. It was included on the album because The Beatles performed it twice in the movie Let It Be, including the impromptu concert on Apple Records' rooftop.
The Beatles recorded this in 1963, but did not get a take they liked. The version on Anthology 1
was pieced together from the 1963 takes.