"The Long and Winding Road" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1970 album Let It Be. It was written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. When issued as a single in May 1970, a month after the Beatles' break-up, it became the group's 20th and last number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.


The main recording of the song took place in January 1969 and featured a sparse musical arrangement. When preparing the tapes from these sessions for release in April 1970, producer Phil Spector added orchestral and choral overdubs. Spector's modifications angered McCartney to the point that when the latter made his case in the English High Court for the Beatles' disbandment, he cited the treatment of "The Long and Winding Road" as one of six reasons for doing so. New versions of the song with simpler instrumentation were subsequently released by McCartney and by the Beatles.







Lyrics


The long and winding road, that leads, to your door

Will never disappear, I've seen that road before

It always leads me here, lead me to your door

The wild and windy night, that the rain, washed away

Has left a pool of tears, crying for the day

Why leave me standing here, let me know the way


Many times I've been alone, and many times I've cried

Any way you'll never know, the many ways I've tried

And still they lead me back, to the long winding road

You left me standing here a long long time ago

Don't leave me waiting here, lead me to your door


But still they lead me back to the long winding road

You left me standing here, a long long time ago

Don't keep me waiting here (Don't keep me waiting), lead me to your door

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah