The movement comes in slow
It's a tune we both should know
But the walls are thin
So we keep our voices low

You're a bird with a pretty mouth
You're a bird with songs to shout
And the same refrain continues, singing out:

"If you love her let her go."
She sings beautiful and slow
A tune that only caged birds know

So you're in Nashville on the phone
And I'm back here at home
And the words are new
But I recognize the tone

"If you love her let her go"
She's beautifully composed
A tune that only caged birds know

My love goes free
My love goes free
My love goes free...


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    General CommentThere's an old saying my mom taught me when I was 16 yrs old and had just broken up with my first boyfriend.

    "If you love something, let it go. If it comes back, it's yours. If not, then it never was."

    That has always meant a lot to me, especially in relationships. Sometimes, you have to let the person go...to grow on their own. If they come back to you...then you can be together. If not, then it wasn't suppose to be.

    That's what this song means to me.
    Cacity87on July 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI wonder if it's about a father's love for his daughter. At some point in time, he has to let her go...

    I don't know. Just speculating.
    Eyeconon December 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentto me, this song is about being in love with someone but either you just aren't right for her or you are holding her back from maybe something that she needs to do in her life. you are keeping her in a cage. you are trying to hold onto her even though she is far away. its hard, but if you truly love her, you need to let her go.
    shaef22on December 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti wonder if it is "her" that he has to let go...or the illusion of who she is that he has to let go...
    marahlangeon February 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentCould this be about his love for his music? It seems that he could be talking about having that song that may be different enough that as a song writer selling it to the producers is too difficult.

    I read recently that Foreman and Switchfoot when independent because the record labels wouldn't allow for artistic freedom. "You're in Nashville on the Phone" might be alluding to this point.

    Also, he chose to do these albums because he wanted to do something different than Switchfoot. The she is the art in the music. Letting it go could mean freely allowing the music to come out of his soul.
    deetsjohnon February 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt could be a song about the loneliness that two people can feel when they are apart. Because we are all individuals who have our own purpose. No matter how each other feels, how lonely we are without each other we still have to let them live the life that they are meant to live.
    zeroboundon November 02, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI know Jon is a Christian singer, and I'm wondering if this could be about some relationship where the guy is realizing that for the girl to reach her full potential he has to let her go, or maybe their relationship is straining her relationship with Christ and he wants to stay with her but realizes that the best thing would be for them to part. I don't know. I'd love to hear what he really wrote it about.
    brooklynncon August 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOkay, so I know in the quote below that Jon Foreman isn't talking about this song, but he is talking about "Enough to Let Me Go" from Switchfoot's "Hello Hurricane". Seeing as the two songs have a similar concept of letting go of things you love, I thought this quote could shed some light on the meaning of "My Love Goes Free":

    JON FOREMAN:
    "I was thinking about how love (not just lust or codependency that commonly flood the tunes on the airways) actually involves quite a bit of faith. There's a lot of letting go involved. Two souls in love is an intricate dance of give and take. I can be a fairly solitary person from time to time. Sure, I love being with people, but I also need time alone. I guess I thrive on the poles. So this song is about the dance involved in a relationship the coming together and letting go. The song equates love with breathing- pulling in and releasing. Or a seed, for the seed to grow it has to be dropped and buried.

    In our barcode media, love is often portrayed as consumption. As consumers in a commercial driven culture we can begin to view other souls as objects, or potential cures for our deepest fears and insecurities. "Perhaps if I found the right lover I would no longer feel this deep existential despair." But of course no human soul could be the Constant Other, the face that will never go away. Only the infinite can fill that role. But the silence can be deafening. It's a fearful thing to be alone. Do you love me enough to let me go? "I can't live without you"- "I would die if you ever left me"- These are not the songs of love, these are the songs of consumption."
    samsamiamamon December 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think, its about, the "caged bird" thing. it means,she's still locked by,.. faith or belief perhaps. like this friend i have, he struggles on her girlfriend because she's not yet a Christian. still, yeah, she's good, talks good and thinks good, but, in cases like this, we have to understand that God loves them more than we love them, so, instead of receiving them, we give them to God, and let them go. Let your love go free.
    DrakeRavenon September 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentAbsolutely beautiful song! Not exactly sure what it means. All I know is that he uses the caged bird as a symbol. I love how he makes the best line of the song so eerie yet lovely at the same time "If you love her let her go." Can somebody help me out on what he's singing about?
    Bredderson November 27, 2007   Link

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