"(It's Hard) Letting You Go" as written by and Jon Bon Jovi....
It ain't no fun lying down to sleep
And there ain't no secrets left for me to keep
I wish the stars up in the sky
Would all just call in sick
And the clouds would take the moon out
On some one-way trip

I drove all night down streets that wouldn't bend
But somehow they drove me back here once again
To the place I lost at love, and the place I lost my soul
I wish I'd just burn down this place that we called home
It would all have been so easy
If you'd only made me cry
And told me how you're leaving me
To some organ grinder's lullaby

It's hard, so hard, it's tearing out my heart
It's hard letting you go

Now the sky, it shines a different kind of blue
And the neighbor's dog don't bark like he used to
Well, me, these days
I just miss you, it's the nights that I go insane
Unless you're coming back for me
That's one thing I know that won't change

It's hard, so hard, it's tearing out my heart
It's hard letting you go

Now some tarot card shark said I'll draw you a heart
And we'll find you somebody else new
But I've made my last trip to those carnival lips
When I bet all that I had on you

It's hard, it's hard, it's hard, so hard
It's hard letting you go
It's hard, so hard, it's tearing out my heart
But it's hard letting you go


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"(It's Hard) Letting You Go" as written by Jon Bon Jovi

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    General CommentThis song is so sad! I wish none of us had to go through this.
    AThousandMoonson August 23, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwhen he sings 'it's tearing out my heart' God is that amazing!!!! Maybe she died, i mean he says, it would have been easy if you'd made me cry, or left me for someone else, also, 'unless you come back for me' or it could be alot more simple and he's just been dumped. Moving all the same. and a seriously underated album.
    linz_eon June 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWell, I indeed think it's about someone he doesn't want to let go, but I think we should have a closer look at the part : " I drove all night down streets that wouldn't bend
    But somehow they drove me back here once again
    To the place I lost at love, and the place I lost my soul
    I wish I'd just burn down this place that we called home "

    This means: no matter what happens, no matter how many lovers I'll have after you... I will never love them as much as I loved you and when I take a look at my life, I always get back here... So his life is like a pattern. It always ends up with sadness over the loss of his love.
    amazoneon May 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is what Jon has said about this song:

    "I made this for the movie I can been seen in soon, 'Moonlight and Valentino',
    and it will suprise the fans. This really isn't a Bon Jovi song. You just hear me, Richie, and some electronic equipment.
    I play the keyboards in this song and did the singing live. It really was a gift for the producers of 'Moonlight and Valentino',
    recorded on a tape. A sort of 'thank you' for letting me play in the movie. And promptly they used it as a soundtrack.
    And now I put it onto this album too. It's funny really, originally only a few people would have heard this song.
    And now, all of a sudden, it's both movie-music and a real album-track. But I'm happy with it anyhow.
    I had the script, I know the story well, but I didn't want to write a song for the movie.
    But I couldn't help myself. I wrote it as a gift to one of the producers who was so kind to me.
    I gave her the cassette and she loved it. So I recorded it."
    Arashon June 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about something that most will people go through at some point in their lives. There is no longer any pleasure in anything anymore, in ths song even the moon and stars hold look ugly and jaded, because this is how he feels at that time. There is no other place in the world he would rather be than at home with the woman he used to love and always will love. She obviously left him for some other guy, and it is quite simply killing him. He has to let her go. But unless she comes back to him, he will always be dreaming of her and nothing will ever look the same.
    jovivstyleron June 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song honestly always makes me cry. I really love the bit where he says "Well I've made my last trip to those carnival lips
    When I bet all that I had on you"

    Great song
    Stackleon October 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with "Linz e",this album's been seriously underated.I love this album,an all time fav of mine.
    Loona04on August 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI sought of think this song leads on after Livin' on a prayer, because i think his love ran away in this song. When it says:
    "It would all have been so easy
    If you'd only made me cry
    And told me how you're leaving me to some organ grinder's lullaby"
    Its like she never told him in person so it hurts alot more.
    In Livin' on a prayer it says "Gina dreams of running away", so it could run on from it.
    Superseroon January 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm listening to this song right now. It is absolutely amazing... And so sad :(
    Kinda brings tears to my eyes when I hear this part: Well - me, these days
    I just miss you - it's the nights that I go insane.... :(
    And the meaning... Well it's quite obvious. They broke up, but he can't really move on with his life.

    Bon Jovi, best damn band ever!!! :)
    maja88on March 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought that it was about someone trying to move on after their wife has died, from the line "leaving me to some organ grinder's lullaby", since an organ grinder is associated with death. And since the speaker wants to "burn down this place that we called home", and you make a home with your spouse. And especially since he "bet all he had" - when you get married you think it's forever, and he didn't consider that he'd have to move on from her.

    And then I read Arash's comment, about how Jon Bon Jovi wrote it for 'Moonlight and Valentino', which is all about moving on from her husband's death.
    100days100nightson June 27, 2009   Link

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