The title track of the 1970s Beatles album, “Let It Be.” The song was written and sung by Paul McCartney and was inspired by a dream he had about his mother, who was named Mary and died when Paul was 14 years old. I played it in the key of G and it should be easy to strum along with.
One of John Denver’s biggest hits, from 1971. I played it clawhammer style in the key of F. That’s a full step down from the key of G, how it’s usually played on guitar, which makes it easier to hit the high notes when you’re singing. For this song the key of F seems easier to play than in the key of G if you’re okay with the dreaded Bb chord that gives a lot of people fits.
John Prine is my favorite songwriter of all time thanks to his quirky lyrics and simple melodies. This is one of my favorites. According to a John Prine biographer, Spanish Pipedream is “a hilarious Age of Aquarius anthem, the hippie commune ideal summed up in less than four minutes.”