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Let 'Em In

Album This song officially appears on the Wings At The Speed Of Sound Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1976
Sessions This song has been recorded during the following sessions

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

“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 #2 hit in the UK, and in the US it was a number 3 pop hit and number 1 easy listening hit. In Canada, the song was #3 for three weeks on the pop chart and #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. […] The song is noted for the sound of a doorbell, chiming the first eight notes from the Big Ben tune, before the rhythm begins. Phil and Don Everly, both brothers from the Everly Brothers, are named on the group of seven people who are to be admitted into the house. (“PHIL AND DON”) Martin Luther is also mentioned as well. The others include Sister Susie, Brother John, Brother Michael, Uncle Ernie, and Auntie Gin. The song is noted for the false fade out, which, however, becomes loud for the last two notes of the song as it ends. The song makes use of the piano, drums, brass, including a trombone solo, and wind instruments, featuring flutes, plus backup vocals from Linda and the other members of the group Wings.

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 labeled “Special Disco Mix“. In fact these were just normal album versions of the songs.

Paul McCartney “shouted out” to several of his relatives and friends in this song: his aunt (“Auntie Gin”) and brother (“Brother Michael”), the Everly Brothers (“Phil and Don”), Keith Moon (“Uncle Ernie”) and Linda’s brother (“Brother John”). His reference to “Sister Suzie” was a reference to Linda, who once recorded a song under the name “Suzie And The Red Stripes.”

Last updated on December 10, 2017

Lyrics

Someone knocking at the door
Somebody ringing the bell
Someone's knocking at the door
Somebody's ringing the bell
Do me a favour
Open the door
And let 'em in

Oh yeah

Someone's knocking at the door
Somebody's ringing the bell
Someone's knocking at the door
Somebody's ringing the bell
Do me a favour
Open the door
And let 'em in
Let ‘em in

Sister Suzy, Brother John
Martin Luther, Phil and Don
Brother Michael, Auntie Gin
Open the door and let 'em in

Oh yeah

Sister Suzy, Brother John
Martin Luther, Phil and Don
Uncle Ernie, Auntie Gin
Open the door and let 'em in

Yeah, yeah

Someone's knocking at the door
Somebody's ringing the bell
Someone's knocking at the door
Somebody's ringing the bell
Do me a favour
Open the door
And let 'em in

Oh yeah, yeah, let ‘em in now

Sister Suzy, Brother John
Martin Luther, Phil and Don
Uncle Ernie, Uncle Ian
Open the door and let 'em in

Yeah, yeah

Someone's knocking at the door
Somebody's ringing the bell
Someone's knocking at the door
Somebody's ringing the bell
Do me a favour
Open the door
And let 'em in
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah

Officially appears on


Wings At The Speed Of Sound

Official album • Released in 1976

5:13 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Denny Laine:
Backing vocals, Military drum (?)
Jimmy McCulloch:
Bass
Howie Casey:
Flutes, Horns
Joe English:
Drums
Thaddeus Richard:
Flutes, Horns
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Pete Henderson:
Engineer
Steve Howard:
Flutes, Horns
Tony Dorsey:
Flutes, Horns

Session Recording:
Feb 03, 1976
Studio:
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Wings Over America

Official live • Released in 1976

4:09 • LiveL1

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Drum, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Bass, Vocals
Howie Casey:
Flute, Saxophone
Joe English:
Drums, Vocals
Thaddeus Richard:
Flute
Mark Vigars:
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Steve Howard:
Trumpet
Tony Dorsey:
Trombone
Jack Maxson:
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh:
Assistant recording engineer

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 23, 1976


Wings Greatest

Official album • Released in 1978

5:11 • Studio version


All The Best!

Official album • Released in 1987

5:11 • Studio version


Birthday

CD Single • Released in 1990

5:40 • Live

Concert From the concert in Tokyo, Japan on Mar 05, 1990


Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

5:13 • Studio versionA


Wingspan Hits And History

Official album • Released in 2001

5:11 • Studio version


Back In The World

Official live • Released in 2003

5:23 • Live

Paul McCartney:
Executive producer
Performed by:
Paul McCartneyRusty AndersonAbe Laboriel Jr.Paul WickensBrian Ray
David Kahne:
Producer
Michael Brauer:
Engineer
Ricardo Chavarria:
Assistant engineer

Concert From the concert in Osaka, Japan on Nov 17, 2002


Never Stop Doing What You Love

Official album • Released in 2005

5:11 • Studio version


Wings Over America - Archive Collection

Official live • Released in 2013

4:09 • LiveL1.2013 • 2013 remaster

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Keyboard, Vocals
Denny Laine:
Drum, Vocals
Jimmy McCulloch:
Bass, Vocals
Howie Casey:
Flute, Saxophone
Joe English:
Drums, Vocals
Thaddeus Richard:
Flute
Mark Vigars:
Assistant mixing engineer
Phil McDonald:
Mixing engineer, Overdubs recording
Steve Howard:
Trumpet
Tony Dorsey:
Trombone
Jack Maxson:
Recording engineer
Tom Walsh:
Assistant recording engineer
Guy Massey:
Remastering
Steve Rooke:
Remastering
Simon Gibson:
Remastering

Concert From the concert in Los Angeles, USA on Jun 23, 1976


Bootlegs


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.26

Unofficial album

4:41 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.26

Unofficial album

8:58 • Studio version


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol.26

Unofficial album

8:59 • Studio version


Welcome To Washington

Unofficial live

4:17 • Live

Concert From the concert in Seattle, USA on Jun 10, 1976



Live performances

“Let 'Em In” has been played in 173 concerts and 51 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Let 'Em In” has been played




Krakow • Tauron Arena

Dec 03, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour


Copenhagen • Royal Arena

Nov 30, 2018 • Part of Freshen Up Tour




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Paul Welvang 1 years ago

The opening chord always strikes me as a little flat - it's preceded by Westminster chimes. The last night there was a show about Westminster & they explained that due to a crack in the largest bell in the Big Ben tower, the 'hour chime' there is flat. Just wondering if this is coincidence or if Paul is basing that opening chord on the Big Ben flat note?


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

Thanks Paul for this insightful comment - I think it will be hard to validate this assumption, but that's a tempting one ! Thanks again


Mike Reiss 1 years ago

Actually no. "Brother John" refers to his wife Linda's brother John and not John Lennon. At least that's what it says on wikipedia and I belive it to be accurate in this case since I don't think Paul had "made up" with John Lennon at that point.


The PaulMcCartney Project 1 years ago

Thanks Mike - you're right ! Fixing it !