"This Is Letting Go" as written by Zach Blair, Joseph Principe, Timothy Mcilrath and Brandon Barnes....
Once upon a time I could take anything, anything.
Always stepped in time, regardless of the beat
I moved my feet, I carried weight
What I could not do I faked
I dug seeking treasure
Just to wake up in an early grave
So I stopped right there and said

Go on alone, 'cause I won't follow.
This isn't giving up, no this is letting go
Out with the old dreams I've borrowed
The path I carve from here on out will be my own
The path will be my own

This is the part where the needle skips
And the chorus plays like a sink that drips
A syllable repeating, like a warning we aren't heeding
Until all of a sudden we noticed it
When the wheels brace and the tires grip
A map we've been misreading
A defeat we're not conceding
Until now
There must be some other way out

Go on alone, because I won't follow
But this isn't giving up no this is letting go
Out with the old dreams I've borrowed
The path I carve from here on out will be my own
A path to take me home

(Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!)

The wind died
The whole world ceased to move
Now so quiet
Her beating heart became a boom
We locked eyes
For just a moment or two
She asked why
I said "I don't know why,
I just know"

The wind died
The whole world ceased to move
Now so quiet
Her beating heart became a boom
We locked eyes
For just a moment or two
She asked why
I said "I don't know why
I just know
I just know"

Go on alone, 'cause I won't follow
This isn't giving up, no this is letting go
I made most of all this sorrow
I tried to brave this discontent, but now I'm through
I'm letting go of you.

This is letting go
This is letting go

Once upon a time I could take anything, anything.


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"This Is Letting Go" as written by Joseph Principe Brandon Barnes

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  • +5
    General CommentThe first verse is about someone who used to go with the flow of things; someone who was on a journey with a lover. They were chasing a dream, probably the "american" dream, and after a while it became a tiresome and lonesome challenge. "just to wake up in a lonely grave" They realized that this dream wasn't their dream and it wasn't attainable.

    The chorus signifies this person realizing that they've moved on. They aren't going to keep chasing something that they don't believe in. It's not about giving up on life, it's about letting go of something that was never their own to begin with. They're going to blaze their own trail and make their own way.

    The second verse is a reaffirmation of the chorus. Reality hits when the "wheels brace and the tires grip". This person comes to peace with the fact that they weren't on the right path ("a map we've been misreading"). It's not a defeat though, it's about figuring out your own way.

    At the end of the song, they're explaining that it was a gut feeling that made the decision final. "I don't know why, I just know". Instinct and a natural charisma took over and forced this person to part ways and break free from expectations.
    crimsonsageon March 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionTaken from the CD Booklet:

    Once upon a time I could take anything, anything
    I always stepped in time, regardless of the beat
    I moved my feet, I carried weight
    What I could not do I faked
    I dug seeking treasure
    Just to wake up in an early grave
    So I stopped right there and said

    Go on alone
    Because I won´t follow
    But this is giving up
    No, this is letting go

    Out with old
    Dreams I've borrowed
    The path I carve from here on out will be my own
    The path will be my own

    This is the part where the needle skips
    And the chorus plays like a sink that drips
    A syllable repeating
    Like a warning we aren't heading
    Until all of a sudden we notice it
    When the wheels brace and the tires grip
    A map we've been misreading
    A defeat we're not conceding until now
    There must be some other way out

    Go on alone
    Because I won't follow
    But this isn't giving up
    No, this is letting go

    Out with the old
    Dreams I've borrowed
    The path I carve from here on out will be my own
    A path to take me home

    The wind died
    The whole world ceased to move
    Now so quiet
    Her beating heart became a boom
    We locked eyes
    For just a moment or two
    She asked why
    I said "I don't know why,
    I just know."

    The wind died
    The whole world ceased to move
    Now so quiet
    Her beating heart became a boom
    We locked eyes
    For just a moment or two
    She asked why
    I said "I don't know why,
    I just know, I just know."

    Go on alone
    Because I won't follow
    This isn't giving up
    No, this is letting go

    I made the most
    Of all this sorrow
    I tried to brave this discontent
    But now I'm through
    I'm letting go of you

    This is letting go
    This is letting go

    Once upon a time I could take anything, anything
    Ariakalason March 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the first song I heard on this album and the meaning hit me like a freight train.

    I can't wait to buy the whole thing haha.
    imthemanwithdogson March 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment-.- talk about not putting in any effort these lyrics aren't even close to the real lyrics
    Check12on March 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I heard this song the first time it really hit home. As I understand it, it's a song basically about how he's ending a relationship, but not because he's giving up on it but because he's letting go of the situation thats out of his control. I was in a relationship where my girlfriend was basically asking me to be God for her, and make everything better. It got to a point after a year where she asked for to much and I had to let her go because the situation was beyond me, and I had reached the end of what I could do for her. The conversation wen just like the song does, a moment where the world seems to stop, the world frozen in a moment of intensity and she asked why. My answer was the same as in the song, word for word. I heard this song two days later, and I found alot of comfort in it.
    CarvedKABOOSEon March 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correctionin the frist verse says ¨but could not do i fake¨
    Beto7100on March 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite song off the whole cd. im still struggling with the meaning entirely. i think the first verse is saying he used to be sumeone who thought he cud take anything, he tried to take everything that was dealt to him by his friends or gal and even when he cudnt take it, he pretended and it lead to him getting kinda screwed over in sum way and thats when he decided it was time to let go of that person, not give up on them but just decide to go his own way. the second verse i think might be like it got to the point where it was kinda the same thing everyday and he was getting sick of it. the part where it goes the wind died, the whole world cease to move etc... is still confusing to me i dont understand the meaning, but i love it...may not be the greatest interpretation
    swanemyr98on May 02, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis song and these lyrics are beautiful in everyway. i love rise against. i love how they can create such beautiful music and then write lyrics that fit the song like two puzzle pieces. this song is one of my absoulte favourites of all thime.

    the gist of the song is there a boyfriend and a girlfriend in a fake relationship. The girl thinks that everything about them is perfect while the boyfriend feels like everything in the relationship is done by him and him alone. he has to pretend like everything is alright.

    "Once upon a time I could take anything, anything.
    Always stepped in time, regardless of the beat
    I moved my feet, I carried weight
    What I could not do I faked:

    so then he feels like everything in this relationship is on repeat. everything they've done feels like deja vu over and over again. So then he stops suddenly and without planning he breaks up with her. She asks him why and even though he can't think of a reason why he knows deep down he can't fake his life with her anymore. Though he isn't giving up, he's just letting her go.





    rockandroll21on September 16, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is more broad than a lot of the stories and interpretations posted here. Honestly, I think it's just about that "moment of truth". It might be that it's a person realizing that it'll never work out with the one they're with. The first few times I heard this song I thought it was about somebody realizing that, as George Carlin once said, "it's called the American Dream because you'd have to be asleep in order to believe it". Basically, the subject of the song has realized that they've been chasing somebody else's ideals for them and not their own and they realize that they can no longer live their life by somebody else's wishes. Like I said, though, I think it's much broader. Like how Savior is just, in general, about forgiveness and being willing to forgive people, this song might just be about realizing that you are in more control of your life than the way you've been living it.
    KayohTipon October 01, 2011   Link

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