The Beatles' music: quotes and info

“Maggie Mae”

  • Published on 1970
  • Author: traditional, arranged by Lennon/McCartney/Harrison/Starkey
  • Track 7 on “Let It Be

About “Maggie Mae”

“Maggie May” is a traditional Liverpool folk song about a prostitute who robbed a sailor. It has been the informal anthem of the city of Liverpool for about 150 years. “Maggie May” was recorded in the studio by the Beatles during their Get Back sessions in early 1969. They spelled it “Maggie Mae”, perhaps so they could copyright their arrangement. It was included on the resultant 1970 album Let It Be, appearing immediately after the title song.
This song and “Dig It” appear on the Let It Be album, but are not included on the Let It Be… Naked album.
At 40 seconds, it is the second shortest song released on a proper Beatles album (the shortest being Her Majesty, at 23 seconds.

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