"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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    My InterpretationI think that most people have got it wrong. After listening to the song a couple of times myself, I've realised that there is another TRUE meaning behind those lyrics where the artist is trying to describe a problem that he has, which ends up screwing his life.

    I think we all get the part where he explains that you only realize the value of something granted when you lose it. His problem however, is that the person that he needs when he doesn't have, is not the person with which he has a relationship with. I believe that he is describing a story were they get together and break up many times just because when they are apart he doesn't see the flaws she has and only CHOOSES to remember the good things about her. " you see her when you close your eyes, maybe one day you'll understand WHY". Here we see that he chooses to see her when he closes his eyes - in reality when we choose to see something with our eyes closed is because we want to see it the way it suits us best. 'you see her when you fall asleep, but never to touch and never to keep'. In reality, don't we see things the way we want to see them in our dreams? Here we can see that he sees her at night (ONLY the GOOD aspects of her) and misses her however that person is 'never to touch and never to keep' since she doesn't really exist. Lastly, we see that one more time when he says 'stairing at the bottom of your glass hoping ONE DAY YOU'LL MAKE A DREAM LAST'.

    Now the reason those two could never work is probably because he wanted commitment whereas she wasn't ready for a 'big step' ('Cause you loved her too much and you dived too deep.').

    So to reecap, the artist here 'only needs the light when its burning low', meaning he only wants her after she is gone, as he remembers her and their relationship as what he wanted it to be and not what it really was.

    This has probably caused many problems in his life - one of them probably being a drinking problem since I believe he only has those thoughts when he is drunk 'stairing at the bottom of you glass' assumes he has been drinking, 'hoping one day you'll make a dream last'.

    In the end however, he has realised his mistakes and the fact that this will never work, as he has finally decided to 'LET HER GO', which is also the title of the song and in my openion an advice to all of those going through the same!
    fox25on March 09, 2014   Link

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