Sixteen Blue

Album: Let It Be (1984)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Paul Westerberg wrote this song for bass player Tommy Stinson, who joined the band at age 12. He felt he could empathize with the tumult he was going through at that difficult age. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    John - Levittown, NY

Comments: 4

  • John from Los AngelesI made a whole playlist called 16 Blue, all about the feeling of being scared to start your life as a grown up. This song got it right. This and Answering Machine go together in my mind.
  • Mister Whirly from MinneapolisI stand corrected. I looked at some live video and indeed it is Paul playing the haunting final solo. My respect for his guitar playing, which has always been underrated, just went up another notch.
  • Andy from Omaha, NeActually, the album credits state that "Paul plays 12-string electric, second lead", so it's Paul playing the solo at the end. The solo is also the same as the album version, it's just a different vocal take. Man, I'm a geek
  • Mister Whirly from Minneapolis, MnThe greatest song ever written about being a teenager. The demo version on the 'Let it Be'has the best Bob guitar work on it ever - to this day his playing at the end of the song never fails to give me goosebumps...
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots

Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple PilotsSongwriter Interviews

Stone Temple Pilots bass player Robert DeLeo names the songs that have most connected with fans and tells the stories behind tracks from their Tiny Music album.

Scott Stapp

Scott StappSongwriter Interviews

The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And Scandals

Top American Idol Moments: Songs And ScandalsSong Writing

Surprise exits, a catfight and some very memorable performances make our list of the most memorable Idol moments.

The Fratellis

The FratellisSongwriter Interviews

Jon Fratelli talks about the band's third album, and the five-year break leading up to it.

Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"

Jules Shear - "All Through The Night"They're Playing My Song

Shears does very little promotion, which has kept him secluded from the spotlight. What changed when Cyndi Lauper had a hit with his song? Not much, really.

Amy Lee of Evanescence

Amy Lee of EvanescenceSongwriter Interviews

The Evanescence frontwoman on the songs that have shifted meaning and her foray into kids' music.