"Let Up" as written by and Abbey Lincoln....
I'm sick of living in this movie
Everybody looking through me
No one here to hold
I just wake up and leave.
A chill is in my bones
More than this sunless early winter morning
Waiting for a ride
Out in the freezing rain

And it goes by
Without stopping

Her stuff is on the counter
What if I had never met her?
All I know is just a feeling
From inside my veins
I am broken-hearted
It is awful worse than I had ever guessed
I wouldn't wish it on an enemy

And I can't hear
What my friends say

It won't let up
Just enough
To come down
Just one day.
I have given up
All but one
Thing I
Can do or say

Blood is rushing, pumping through
My heart to push the oxygen and
Opiates through arteries up to my brain
The beat is systematic
Not the reason for my habit
I just need a bigger picture
To fill in the space
My head is getting lighter
I can almost hear my sister calling
Begging for my reason to go on this way

I'm sick of living in this movie
Everybody looking through me
No one here to hold me
As I fade away
But I won't die
In no pain
I won't die, won't die
Won't die, won't die
I won't die, won't die
Won't die, won't die


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"Let Up" as written by Abbey Lincoln

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    General Commentthis song is really REALLY meaningful to me. Such wonderful beautyful amazing lyrics ...and the song as a whole... i won't find any matching words for this... just great!


    long live the quiet
    askachanon September 20, 2006   Link
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    General Comment...Here's the corrected lyrics....

    I'm sick of living in this movie
    Everybody looking through me
    No one here to hold
    I just wake up and leave.
    A chill is in my bones
    more than this sunless early winter morning
    Waiting for a ride
    Out in the freezing rain

    And it goes by
    Without stopping

    Her stuff is on the counter
    what if I had never met her?
    All I know is just a feeling
    from inside my veins
    I am broken-hearted
    It is awful worse than i had ever guessed
    I wouldn't wish it on an enemy

    And I can't hear
    What my friends say

    It won't let up
    Just enough
    To come down
    Just one day.
    I have given up
    All but one
    Thing I
    Can do or say

    Blood is rushing, pumping through
    My heart to push the oxygen and
    Opiates through arteries up to my brain
    The beat is systematic
    not the reason for my habit
    I just need a bigger picture
    to fill in the space
    My head is getting lighter
    I can almost hear my sister calling
    Begging for my reason to go on this way

    I'm sick of living in this movie
    Everybody looking through me
    No one here to hold me
    As I fade away
    But I won't die
    In no pain
    I won't die, won't die
    Won't die, won't die
    I won't die, won't die
    Won't die, won't die

    Song to me seems to be about drug addiction and heartbreak...I love it.
    McWatton October 11, 2006   Link
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    My Interpretation"I'm sick of living in this movie" soon after an addiction takes over you feel trapped, your doing the same thing over and over and your sick of it but stuck like a movie on repeat everyday.

    "No one here to hold" you lose/push away the people you care about and that care about you when you chase a feeling.

    "A chill is in my bones ..." On opiates, depending on how high your tolerance/dose, you can wake up sick every morning. This line and the next three speak about one of many completely horrific symptoms you put
    up with in between highs. This part of the song really hits me, like I know what he's going through, i've been there with a "chill" so awful, so deep inside, so relentless.

    "And it goes by
    Without stopping" to me I think this represents hopelessness. No hope of things changing, no hope that life can be anything different.

    "Her stuff is on the counter.................I wouldn't wish it on an enemy" These lines to me mean, what if I had never taken that first pill? where would my life be had I not become this?
    I think it could also mean to the songwriter what if i had never met this person ("her"). Often, meeting someone new, introduces drugs/addiction into ones life. With opiates most don't know what there getting into! Not wishing something on an enemy says a lot! Not only the withdrawals and being sick, but the mental high/low's, depression, self-confidence issues, feelings of worthlessness. It's all enough to drive you down further than you ever even thought you could possibly go.

    "And I can't hear....What my friends say" this line and the other about his "sister calling" refers to being blinded by your addiction, one can get so deep into it, the addiction masks all reason and logic. People tell you that you need help, but the addiction shouts louder at you...more!! and thats what you hear.

    "It won't let up" no breaks, no redo's, no mulligans on opiates, its an ever present need and it weighs on your mind and body and it won't let up.

    "Blood is pumping....etc" doesn't have any deeper meaning for me, just imagery.

    "The beat is systematic
    not the reason for my habit
    I just need a bigger picture
    to fill in the space"

    I'm not positive on the meaning of these lines, by my theory is its about how opiate addiction grows. Your body is just reacting to having opiates and changes to compensate, thus without the opiates your body is like a engine without oil, and you get symptoms/withdrawals. The more you use the more you need to get high. Tolerance can go up fast and you need a bigger dose to get the same effect. "Picture" being dosage. I need a bigger dosage to fill the need I have ("space")

    "I wont die" there is a way out of any situation, there is a last stand in every addict, with help (and its out there) this life of addiction is not the end. There is hope, even if you cannot see it.

    Obviously, this song has a lot of personal meaning for me. I've never felt compelled to comment on lyrics of any other song.
    php404on September 06, 2009   Link

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