Let Me Roll It

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"Let Me Roll It"
Jet Let Me Roll It Cover.jpg
Single by Paul McCartney and Wings
from the album Band on the Run
Released15 February 1974
Format7" single
RecordedSeptember–October 1973
Lagos, Nigeria
LabelApple Records
Songwriter(s)Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
Producer(s)Paul McCartney
Wings singles chronology
"Mrs Vandebilt"
"Let Me Roll It"
"Band on the Run"
Band on the Run track listing

"Let Me Roll It" is a song by Wings released on the 1973 album Band on the Run. The song was also released as the B-side to "Jet" in early 1974, and has remained a staple of McCartney's live concerts since it was first released.


Some critics, such as Rolling Stone's Jon Landau,[1] saw the song as a pastiche of John Lennon's sound, particularly the riff and the use of tape echo on the vocals. McCartney, however, didn't intend the song to be a pastiche of Lennon. He did say the vocal "does sound like John. ... I hadn't realised I'd sung it like John."[2][3]

The song's title was inspired by a quote from George Harrison's "I'd Have You Anytime", the opening track from his critically acclaimed All Things Must Pass.[3]

According to Ultimate Classic Rock contributor Nick DeRiso, Lennon incorporated the riff from "Let Me Roll It" into his 1974 song "Beef Jerky."[4] DeRiso rated it as Wings' 7th greatest song.[4]

Live performances[edit]

"Let Me Roll It" was performed regularly by Wings' during their Over the World tour.[5] McCartney performed the song again during his New World Tour, and it has been a part of every tour since.[3] He has also included live versions of the song on several live albums, including Wings over America, Paul Is Live, Back in the U.S. (and Back in the World), and Good Evening New York City.[6]


Personnel per The Beatles Bible.[3]


  1. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/band-on-the-run-19970121
  2. ^ McCartney, Paul, Band on the Run: 25th Anniversary Edition, disc two, track 14
  3. ^ a b c d "Let Me Roll It". The Beatles Bible. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b DeRiso, Nick. "Top 10 Wings Songs". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  5. ^ uncut.co.uk
  6. ^ "BBC - Music - Review of Paul McCartney's Good Evening New York City". BBC.

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