Written by John Lennon, and recorded during the famed Let It Be sessions in 1969, The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down” was first released on the B-Side of the “Get Back” single released that same year. Though Lennon crafted the intimate lyrics, the hit single has a Lennon-Paul McCartney dual credit—much like the majority of The Beatles discography. The two artists founded what went on the be the best-selling band of all time with George Harrison and Ringo Starr in 1960.
Like much of Lennon’s best work for the late years of The Beatles and beyond into his solo career, “Don’t Let Me Down” was penned in the shape of his enduring muse, Yoko Ono—whom he married a few months after this recording. McCartney recalled the inception of the song as a “very intense period.” In his 1997 biography, Many Years From Now by Barry Miles, he explained the context: