Let It Be Me

Betty Everett, Jerry Butler

About Let It Be Me

"Let It Be Me" is a popular song originally published in French in 1955 as "Je t'appartiens" interpreted by Gilbert Bécaud. It became popular worldwide with an English version by the Everly Brothers and later with the duet by Betty Everett and Jerry Butler.


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I bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you, let it be me

Don't take this heaven from one
If you must cling to someone
Now and forever, let it be me

Each time we meet love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love what would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you'll always let it be me

Each time we meet love
I find complete love
Without your sweet love what would life be

So never leave me lonely
Tell me you love me only
And that you'll always, let, it, be, me

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Jerry Butler

Jerry Butler (born Jerry Butler Jr., December 8, 1939, Sunflower, Mississippi) is an American soul singer and songwriter. He is also noted as being the original lead singer of the famed R&B vocal group, The Impressions, as well as a 1991 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. more »

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Written by: Gilbert Becaud, Pierre Delanoe, Manny Curtis

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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10 facts about this song

Song Origin
"Let It Be Me" is originally a French song titled "Je t'appartiens," which means "I Belong to You." It was first performed by Gilbert Bécaud in 1955.
"Je t'appartiens" was written by Pierre Delanoë and Gilbert Bécaud. Manny Curtis and Pierre Delanoë provided the English lyrics for "Let It Be Me."
The Everly Brothers Version
The Everly Brothers made the first English version of "Let It Be Me" in 1959. Their version was a big hit, reaching #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on the UK Singles Chart.
Jerry Butler and Betty Everett's Version
Jerry Butler and Betty Everett released their rendition of the song in 1964, which peaked at #5 on the US Billboard Hot R&B Sides chart and #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Song Influence
The song is one of the most recorded pop standards, covered by numerous artists including Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, and Bob Dylan. Its timeless and universal theme of love and devotion continues to resonate with people worldwide.
Song Translations
"Let It Be Me" has been translated into many languages due to its international popularity. This include versions in Spanish ("Yo te necesito"), Italian ("Io ti daro di più"), and German ("Ich bin bei dir").
Musical Composition
"Let It Be Me" is remembered for its sentimental lyrics and romantic melody, typically performed in a soft and slow tempo with instrumentation from strings, guitars, and piano.
In recognition of its cultural significance, "Let It Be Me" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.
Betty Everett and Jerry Butler's Album
Butler and Everett's version of "Let It Be Me" was included in their 1964 album "Delicious Together." This marked one of their most successful collaborations.
Everly Brothers' Style Influence
The Everly Brothers' harmonious singing style noted in this song was a massive influence on later pop groups such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel.

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