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The Long and Winding Road

Appearing on the Beatles’ valedictory Let It Be album, “The Long and Winding Road” can be taken as Paul McCartney’s graceful wave goodbye or, perhaps, as a requiem for the death of the band: “You left me standing here a long, long time ago.” Recorded in the days following their final performance, on the Apple Records rooftop in 1969 — Ringo Starr was on hiatus; John Lennon have given his notice — the lyrical acrimony became some kind of self-fulfilling prophecy when producer Phil Spector remixed it, adding strings and a choir, much to McCartney’s dismay. “It’s a sad song because it’s all about the unattainable,” McCartney said. “I was a bit flipped out and tripped out at the time.”

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