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Paul McCartney Had James Corden In Tears After Revealing Story Behind Iconic Beatles Song

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In a few short years, comedian James Corden has become one of the United States' most beloved talk show host in a few short years.

Hailing from across the pond, Corden has often taken his show to England, and wowed his audience with fantastic content.

This week was no different when Corden aired his latest segment of Carpool Karaoke, and had none other than Sir Paul McCartney as his guest of honor.

While viewers often see nothing other than humor and positivity on the show, Corden became uncharacteristically emotional.

"Your music is so full of positivity and joy and a message of love and togetherness," Corden told McCartney. "I feel like it's more relevant now today than it's ever been."

"That’s one of the strangest things, is we expected it to last 10 years, but it keeps going on and on and on," McCartney dished about the band's lasting legacy. "And it keeps being relevant."

However, it wasn't until the duo sang "Let It Be" when the talk show host broke out in tears.

"I had a dream in the '60s where my mom, who died, came to me in the dream and was reassuring me, saying, 'It's gonna be OK. Just let it be.'" McCartney recalled. "She gave me the positive word. So I woke up and I went 'What was that? What'd she say? Let it be? I've never heard that. That's kinda good.'"

Paul McCartney, left, with his mother Mary and brother Michael
Paul McCartney, left, with his mother Mary and brother Michael Daily Mail

"So I wrote the song 'Let it Be,' [and it was] about positivity," he added.

"That's the most beautiful story I've ever heard," Corden said before the two broke out in an emotional duet of the song.  

It wouldn't be long until tears began flowing from the talk show host's eyes.

"Oh man, it got me emotional there," Corden said as he was wiping away his tears. "I didn't feel it coming."

"I can remember my granddad, who was a musician, and my dad, sitting me down and saying, 'We're going to play you the best song you've ever heard," he explained about why he was choking up. "And I remember them playing me that."

"If my granddad were here right now, he'd get an absolute kick out of this," the talk show house continued.

While "Let It Be" has been a favorite among fans for decades, Beatles bandmate, John Lennon, didn't like the hit or the album of the same name, at all. He even called the recording process "hell."

"We were going through hell. We often do. It’s torture every time we produce anything. The Beatles haven’t got any magic you haven’t got. We suffer like hell anytime we make anything, and we got each other to contend with. Imagine working with The Beatles, it’s tough," Lennon said in a lost interview with with Village Voice journalist Howard Smith in the 1960s.

He added: “There’s just tension. It’s tense every time the red light goes on.” The singer, who also described the LP as a “strange album”, continued: “We never really finished it. We didn’t really want to do it. Paul was hustling for us to do it. It’s The Beatles with their suits off.”

The poignant moment eventually shifted to a happier tone as Corden and the British icon belted out classic Beatles tunes such as "Drive My Car" and "Penny Lane," before they made a surprise appearance at the pub McCartney frequented before he made it big.

After singing a slew of his hit songs, McCartney brought Corden on stage to perform "Hey Jude."

See the entire video for yourself.

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[H/T: Entertainment Tonight, NME]

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