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Let's Love

Album This song officially appears on the Let's Love Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1974

Other songs given away in 1974

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Song facts

Let’s Love is a 1974 album by Peggy Lee, with the title track arranged, produced and written by Paul McCartney. The demo version recorded by Paul has finally been released in 2014 on the remastered Venus And Mars Deluxe Edition.

From Zoo World: The Music Magazine, July 18, 1974

What do you do when Peggy Lee asks you to dinner? Well, if you’re Paul McCartney, you just don’t buy a bottle of rare champagne to show your appreciation. You sit at your piano and compose her a song. That’s what Paul did when the McCartneys were to meet Miss Lee in London earlier this year. And that’s why he and a most flattered Peggy – one of the greatest pop vocalists of the era, whose name is certainly known to as many people as the Beatles – were at the Record Plant studios one day the first week in June: McCartney was producing his song, “Let’s Love,” for the title track to what must be Peggy Lee’s fortieth album.

After a hard day’s work, Paul, unmustachioed and dressed sharply in a black satin shirt and washed-out blue jeans, and Peg, looking trim in a tan suede suit (having recently taken off some weight) and youthful, though at 54 years of age she could be Paul’s mother, held a mini press conference/photo session around Studio C’s grand piano. In high spirits, they casually sang a couple of songs together, elaborated on their surprising collaboration and then took the small mob into the control room to hear the finished track.

Well, of course,” said Peggy to Paul, “I was a fan of yours before you knew about me.

No, that’s not right,” answered McCartney. “No. I was a fan of yours before you knew about me, Peggy.

Yeah, I used to have records of Peggy. I did ‘Til There Was You’ because I had Peggy’s record of it [see Latin a la Lee]… So I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time, you know. And she came to London and she invited us for dinner over at her hotel. So I thought ‘I’m going along to dinner. Well, I’m either gonna take a bottle of champagne or a song…’

I’d rather have a song anytime,” added Peggy. “I can always get some champagne, but it would be very difficult to get a Paul McCartney song – written especially for me.

So I took a song along and Peggy said, ‘Great. Let’s do it.’ So we got a hold of Dave Grusin (who with Peggy is producing the rest of the album). And really that’s all there is to it.” The logistics were no problem.

I was delighted, naturally,” said Peggy. “And Linda didn’t mind.

“Let’s Love,” recorded with Paul on piano, is a simple romantic tune with characteristic McCartney production. From the lone piano introduction, strings and woodwinds enter in stages as Peggy sings in her rich, becalming tones: “Lover, let’s be in love with each other / Tonight is the night of the butterflies / Let’s love…

When the new album (her first on the Atlantic label) – and “Let’s Love” in particular – are released sometime in August Peggy Lee may very well have another hit in the Hot 100 charts. “I hope so,” she said, speaking in her lavish – but not opulent – Beverly Hills home. “I am so thrilled about the whole thing. The material is strong and I love the one Paul wrote. And to think that he would go to all that trouble. He said it was his way of returning an inspiration… You know I met him and Linda in London an it was instant friendship. And somehow I feel that with all the great things Paul has done, his talent is just growing and growing.” […]

Last updated on November 3, 2014

Lyrics

Let's Be In Love With Each Other
Tonight Is The Flight Of The Butterfly
Let's Love
Show Me
And Find It A Pleasure To Know Me
Tonight Is The Flight Of The Butterfly
Let's Love

Come Along
We're All Alone
And If Nobody Calls Us
We Might Spend The Night On Our Own, Mm-mm
Lover
Let's Be In Love And Discover
That Night Is The Flight Of The Butterfly
Let's Love

Lover
Let's Be In Love And Discover
That Night Is The Flight Of The Butterfly
Let's Love

Officially appears on


Let's Love

Official album • Released in 1974

Studio version


Let's Love

Official album • Released in 1974

Studio version • Reprise version


Let's Love

Official album • Released in 1974

Studio version • Alternate version


Venus And Mars - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

Studio version

Paul McCartney:
Piano, Producer, Vocal
Geoff Emerick:
Recording
Mark Vigars:
Assistant engineer
Jon Barrett:
Assistant mixing engineer

Recording:
Recorded 28th August 1974, then mixed 29th Septemb
Studio:
Abbey Road Studios

Bootlegs


Venus And Mars - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

2:03 • Studio version


Venus And Mars - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

1:00 • Studio version • /Sitting At The Piano

Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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