The Beatles – Don’t Let Me Down

“Don’t Let Me Down” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, recorded in 1969 during the Let It Be sessions. It was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

The band recorded the song with Billy Preston; the single release with “Get Back” was credited to “the Beatles with Billy Preston”. Originally released as a B-side, producer Phil Spector excluded the song from Let It Be.

Multiple versions of “Don’t Let Me Down” were recorded by the Beatles during the Get Back (Let It Be) recording sessions. The version recorded on 28 January 1969, with vocal overdubs in late February, was released as a B-side to the single “Get Back”, recorded the same day.

“Get Back” reached number one and “Don’t Let Me Down” reached number 35 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[10] When the “Get Back” project was revisited, Phil Spector dropped “Don’t Let Me Down” from the Let It Be (1970) album.

The Beatles performed “Don’t Let Me Down” twice during their rooftop concert of 30 January 1969, and the first performance was included in the Let It Be (1970) film, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. In November 2003, a composite edit of the two rooftop versions was released on Let It Be… Naked. Both versions were seen in the 2022 film The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Concert.

Lyrics

Don’t let me down, don’t let me down
Don’t let me down, don’t let me down

Nobody ever loved me like she does
Oh, she does, yeah, she does
And if somebody loved me like she do me
Oh, she do me, yes, she does

Don’t let me down, don’t let me down
Don’t let me down, don’t let me down

I’m in love for the first time
Don’t you know it’s gonna last
It’s a love that lasts forever
It’s a love that had no past

Don’t let me down, don’t let me down
Don’t let me down, don’t let me down

And from the first time that she really done me
Oh, she done me, she done me good
I guess nobody ever really done me
Oh, she done me, she done me good

Don’t let me down, hey, don’t let me down
Heee! Don’t let me down

Don’t let me down
Don’t let me down, don’t let me let down
Can you dig it? Don’t let me down

 

Songwriters: John Lennon / Paul McCartney
Don’t Let Me Down lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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