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"
Released23 July 1976
Recorded4 February 1976, Abbey Road Studios, London
GenreSoft rock
Producer(s)Paul McCartney
Wings singles chronology
"Silly Love Songs"
"Let 'Em In"
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
Audio sample
"Let 'Em In"
Wings at the Speed of Sound track listing
11 tracks
Side one
  1. "Let 'Em In"
  2. "The Note You Never Wrote"
  3. "She's My Baby"
  4. "Beware My Love"
  5. "Wino Junko"
Side two
  1. "Silly Love Songs"
  2. "Cook of the House"
  3. "Time to Hide"
  4. "Must Do Something About It"
  5. "San Ferry Anne"
  6. "Warm and Beautiful"

"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 namechecks several famous people, between friends and relatives of McCartney who, without a justified reason, knock on the door or ring the bell of his house and he exclaims "Let 'Em In".

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] An uncle Ernie is also named; this being the character Ringo Starr sang in the London Symphony Orchestra's recording of the Who's rock opera, Tommy.[6]

"Let 'Em In" is also notable 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]


All personnel according to The Paul McCartney Project, a website consisting of songs with involvement by Paul.


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), Wingspan: Hits and History (2001) and Pure McCartney (2016).

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]

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 3 February 2014.
  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. 11 August 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  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. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Wings – Let 'Em In". GfK Entertainment Charts. To see peak chart position, click "TITEL VON Wings"
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Let 'Em In". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Wings – Let 'Em In" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – Wings – Let 'Em In". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Wings: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  15. ^ "Wings Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Wings Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  17. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 333. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7.
  18. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Top 50 Singles of 1976". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 25. 25 December 1976.
  20. ^ "Pop Singles" Billboard 25 December 1976: Talent in Action-6
  21. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 452.
  22. ^ Righi, Len (29 July 2003). "Ringo Starr rises to his own defense". The Morning Call. Allentown, PA. Retrieved 21 July 2013.

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