The Long and Winding Road

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PROFILE
Songwriter Paul McCartney
Year Written 1968
About The Long and Winding Road
Although billed as a Lennon/McCartney song, “The Long and Winding Road” was written by Paul McCartney; it was released on the album Let It Be. The recording was controversial, as producer Phil Spector with an orchestra, harps and a women’s choir without McCartney’s permission or approval. Though the single did achieving the top spot on the charts, the experience was a major factor in the breakup of The Beatles. “The Long and Winding Road” is a fine song and has been recorded by artists from many genres, including Diana Ross, Kiri Te Kenawa, Richie Havens, George Benson and Ray Charles with Count Basie.

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
Leads 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
Anyway you’ll never know the many ways I’ve tried
And still they lead me back to the long and winding road
You left me standing here a long, long time ago
Don’t leave me waiting here, lead me to you door

But still they lead me back to the long and winding road
You left me standing here a long, long time ago
Don’t keep me waiting here (Don’t keep me wait), lead me to you door
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Session / Album Information

1970

“The Long and Winding Road” was recorded on August 13, 1970 and released that year on the album Tony Bennett’s “Something”. It was arranged by Peter Matz.

This recording released on:

  • 1970: Columbia LP 12″: C 30280 — Tony Bennett’s “Something”
  • 1970: CBS LP 12″: S64217 — Tony Bennett’s “Something” (UK)
  • 1995: Columbia CD: CK 64601 — Tony Bennett’s “Something”
  • 2011: Disc #39 in The Tony Bennett Complete Collection (88697874602-JK38) Tony Sings The Great Hits of Today!

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