"Let Her Go" as written by and Michael David Rosenberg....
Well you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go

Staring at the bottom of your glass
Hoping one day you'll make a dream last
But dreams come slow and they go so fast
You see her when you close your eyes
Maybe one day you'll understand why
Everything you touch surely dies

But you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go

Staring at the ceiling in the dark
Same old empty feeling in your heart
'Cause love comes slow and it goes so fast
Well you see her when you fall asleep
But never to touch and never to keep
'Cause you loved her too much and you dive too deep

Well you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go
Oh oh oh no
And you let her go
Oh oh oh no
Well you let her go

'Cause you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go

'Cause you only need the light when it's burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you've been high when you're feeling low
Only hate the road when you're missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go
And you let her go


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"Let Her Go" as written by Michael David Rosenberg

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  • +18
    General CommentI heard this song on the radio for the first time today. I like to think of the backstory like this - it's about a guy who breaks up with his lover because he doesn't have the ability to recognize that he has something special with her, and he doesn't have the courage to stay in the relationship when she starts asking for a commitment from him. So he lets her go, because he feels incapable of giving himself over to what has actually become real love. The line, "Maybe one day you'll understand why everything you touch, surely dies" speaks to this guy's chronic inability to return love and form a deep bond with someone else. It may be that his ideals of love are actually unrealistic ("Hoping one day you'll make a dream last"), and he keeps choosing to let love go because he doesn't understand that love can be a messy and difficult thing worth fighting for. But ultimately, this song is about the regret of only realising after breaking things off that he truly loved her. And of course, by the time he realises this, it will have been too late to get her back - she will have moved on to someone who can reciprocate her love. This kind of stuff is pure tragedy.
    Keliyahon June 17, 2013   Link
  • +10
    My InterpretationThis to me, is obviously a breakup song.

    He is remembering her now that they are no longer together. He realizes he loved her, while he was maybe unsure or didn't realize it while they were still a couple.

    There is a lot of truth to this song, since a lot of people don't realize they were really in love until after it is over. We miss what we no longer have. Sometimes in relationships, people take significant things for granted until it's too late to go back.

    He is taking responsibility for the relationship ending with lines like:
    And you let her go

    Maybe one day you'll understand why
    Everything you touch, oh it dies

    You don't truly know happiness until you've seen the pits of despair. I thought he was singing "You only know your lover when you let her go" which also makes some sense. It seems you learn a lot about someone during the breakup period too. Sometimes it's even more telling than the relationship itself.

    The song alludes to the fact the protagonist is still reeling from the breakup. It's fresh because he has an attitude that paints the relationship as better than perhaps it really was. People have a tendency to idealize the past.
    planetearthon August 16, 2013   Link
  • +7
    My InterpretationYou wont know how good it was until to late, when its gone - very true and something most people felt im sure. But, gone here could mean break up or even death, the song never reveals... still the lyric is cryptic about who is in fact letting this go, does he break up from dissapoinment or did she let him go and in lack of action he just lets her go instead of fighting for it.. But it could be also that loss puts you inthis state the lyric describes and the message 'let her go' simply means that you have to try to carry on because the pain lingers on
    per.fiskeron September 08, 2013   Link
  • +6
    General CommentLiving life with regret.
    shewolf80on July 05, 2013   Link
  • +5
    Song MeaningI think it is pretty self explanatory, but this song is is the whole "you don't know/realize what you've got till it's gone" thing.

    "Only know you love her when you let her go. And you let her go."

    Relationships are tough. You can start to feel as though things have gotten stagnant, or that you've lost feelings for the other person. Sometimes we think that the best action to take is to just 'get out'. However, it's only once you've left that person that you realize just how strong your feelings for them really are, how much you really miss them, how much you really love them.

    You might realize this quickly, or you might not. The song is about living life with regret.
    Pisces13on March 24, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationDissection create choppy sentences.

    The feeling is pure as white linen. Its a beautiful feeling without distraction. I want to make love to the one who returns home from war. It is when you have been abused. It is emotional deprivation. It is the yearn of the one you love who doesn't love you back. It is the rainbow to my soul.
    poofpoofon August 21, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationWhen you let her go you finally realized how important she was in your life. You let something great go because you were scared and to proud to admit the way you felt. Don't let her go.
    wrily4on August 04, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My OpinionPerson (in this case a guy) took his girlfriend/wife for granted.

    After she is gone he can now appreciate what he ONCE had.
    "Only know you love her when you let her go"

    Well you only need the light when it's burning low
    “You only need something when you’re running low of it”

    You only miss the sun because the snow makes everything cold and dull
    "Only miss the sun when it starts to snow"

    You once had it all and after you don’t have anything you can then see what was one there
    "Only know you've been high when you're feeling low"

    Generally, most people enjoy travelling or driving around but once you’re sick of it or start hating it, one obviously starts missing home.
    "Only hate the road when you're missing home"

    These lyrics fit my 'current relationship' so well. So touching.
    gicelitarzacon September 14, 2013   Link
  • +3
    MemoryI put my dog down tonight. This was the first song that came on in the car on the way home. From now it it will always remind me of my best friend and the most loving soul I have ever met.
    jollyjeeon August 01, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionThe songs is simple and easy to understand but so deep and powerful for everyone who ever live a situation like that.
    colorkeyon August 13, 2013   Link

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