Let 'Em In

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"Let 'Em In"
Let 'Em In (Wings single - cover art).jpg
German sleeve
Single by Wings
from the album Wings at the Speed of Sound
B-side "Beware My Love"
Released 23 July 1976
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 4 February 1976, Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Soft rock
Length 5:10
Label MPL Communications (UK)
MPL Communications/Capitol (US)
Songwriter(s) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Wings singles chronology
"Silly Love Songs"
"Let 'Em In"
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
"Silly Love Songs"
"Let 'Em In"
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
Audio sample
Wings at the Speed of Sound track listing

"Let 'Em In" is a song by Wings from their 1976 album Wings at the Speed of Sound. It was written and sung by Paul McCartney and reached the top 3 in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. It was a No. 2 hit in the UK; in the U.S. it was a No. 3 pop hit and No. 1 easy listening hit.[1][2][3] In Canada, the song was No. 3 for three weeks on the pop chart and No. 1 for three weeks on the MOR chart of RPM magazine. The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.[4] It can also be found on McCartney's 1987 compilation album, All the Best! A demo of the song, featuring Denny Laine on lead vocal, was included as a bonus track on the Archive Collection reissue of Wings at the Speed of Sound.

The song starts with the sound of a vibraphone, chiming the first eight notes from the Westminster Quarters, before the rhythm begins. The lyric name-checks several famous people as well as McCartney's paternal aunt Gin and his brother Michael, and Linda McCartney's brother John. Phil and Don Everly (known as the Everly Brothers) are named along with Martin Luther.[5] Uncle Ernie is named; this was the character Ringo Starr sang in the London Symphony Orchestra's recording of the Who's Tommy.[6] "Let 'Em In" is noted for the false fade out, which, however, becomes loud for the last two notes of the song. The song makes use of the piano, drums, brass, including a trombone solo, and wind instruments, featuring flutes, plus backup vocals from Linda and other members of Wings.[7]


The song was released worldwide as a 7" single, except in France where it was released as 12" single (the first-ever McCartney 12") with both sides labelled "Special Disco Mix".[8]

It was included on the compilation album Wings Greatest (1978), as well as the Paul McCartney compilation albums All the Best! (1987) and Wingspan: Hits and History (2001).

Track listings[edit]

7" single (R 6015)
  1. "Let 'Em In" – 5:08
  2. "Beware My Love" – 6:05
12" single (2C 052-98.062 y)[A]
  1. "Let 'Em In" (Special Disco Mix) – 5:08
  2. "Beware My Love" (Special Disco Mix) – 6:05
  • A ^ Released in France only.

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • The song was covered in 1977 by Billy Paul, substituting a list of notable African-American figures such as Malcolm X and Louis Armstrong in lieu of the people named in the original. This version reached No. 26 on the UK charts.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 163. 
  2. ^ "Paul McCartney Charts and Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "riaa.com". riaa.com. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  5. ^ a b Womack, Kenneth (2014). The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four. ABC-CLIO. p. 536. ISBN 9780313391729. 
  6. ^ "1972 All-Star Orchestral Version of The Who's "Tommy" to Be Reissued Next Month". ABC News Radio. 2015-08-11. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  7. ^ Benitez, Vince Perez (2010). The Words and Music of Paul McCartney: The Solo Years. ABC-CLIO. pp. 71–2. ISBN 9780313349690. 
  8. ^ "Let 'Em In". JPGR. 2000. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (17 July 2013). "Image : RPM Weekly". 
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Let 'Em In". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 333. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7. 
  12. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 13, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Pop Singles" Billboard December 25, 1976: Talent in Action-6
Preceded by
"You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" by Lou Rawls
Billboard Adult Contemporary number one single
August 7, 1976
Succeeded by
"If You Know What I Mean" by Neil Diamond

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