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Cake: Let Me Go Meaning

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Song Released: 1999


Let Me Go Lyrics

When she walks, she swings her arms
Instead of her hips
When she talks, she moves her mouth
Instead of her lips

And I've waited for her for so long
I've waited for her for so long
I've wondered if I could hang on
I wonder if I could hang...

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    ryry
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    May 1st, 2019 5:59am report


    My interpretation is this is a man who always wanted a daughter. Now she has grown up and is moving on. But the father keeps going back when she was a little girl afraid to let her go.

    "When she walks, she swings her arms
    Instead of her hips
    When she talks, she moves her mouth
    Instead of her lips"

    He's describing his daughter in a non sexual way

    "And I've waited for her for so long
    I've waited for her for so long I've wondered if I could hang on"

    He's always wanted a daughter. But she's growing up and ready to move on

    "Let me go she said, let me go she said
    Let me go and I will want you more
    Let me go she said
    Let me go
    Let me go and I will want you"

    This is the daughter basically saying don't smother me. Let me go live my life. By not smothering his daughter she will live her life as she wants and love and respect him more than a parent that smothers their child.

    "When she wants, she wants the sun
    Instead of the moon
    When she sees, she see the stars
    Inside of her room

    The father is talking about her as a little child. When she was young she was awake during the day, slept at night. She sees stars inside of her room because she decorated the ceiling with stars like many little girls. The father is reflecting back to when she was younger.

    And I've waited for her for so long
    I've waited for her for so long
    I've wondered if I could hang on
    I wonder if I could hang on

    "Let me go she said (x3) and I will want you more
    Let me go she said
    Let me go
    Let me go and I will want you
    Let me go she said (x2)
    Let me go, let me go she said
    Let me go, let me go
    Let me go, let me go
    Let me go, let let me go
    Let me go, let me go
    Let me go, let me go"

    Again the father is concerned with her moving on and the daughter again tells him he needs to let her go so she can live her life as she chooses. And assures him that she'll be ok and love him more for letting her go.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 25th, 2014 2:59am report


    Monday, February 24, 2014 11:59pm

    This song has a straight forward meaning.

    The man who is singing this song is attracted to the woman he's singing to in a romantic way. He views this woman as his potential spouse. I will specifically describe in the following paragraphs.

    He states, "When she walks, she swings her arms instead of her hips." meaning the woman he is interested in is like a man with a plan, due to the fact men generally walk with their arms which indicate power and determination.

    Another excerpt states, " when she talks, she talks with her mouth instead of her lips" basically translating when the woman he is interested in speaks, she has a purpose which is to express ideas, goals, and not to just flap her "lips" as typical women do when they gossip.

    The artist describes, "And I waited for her for so long. I've waited for her for so long" to express this woman he's singing about is who he's been imagining to be in a relationship with. He repeats it twice to emphasize how long he's been waiting for her for song long.

    Next he sings, "I wonder if I can hang on. I wonder if I can hang on" to elaborate he wants to be holding on to this woman because of his feelings toward her. They are not in a relationship and he wants to be in one. Again, he repeats it twice to reiterate the importance of the previous line to be remembered.

    Then he explains that she says, "Let me go she said let me go. Let me go so I can want you more. Let me go she said let me go. Let me go so I can want you more." To specifically imply the woman is equivalently wanting the man singing yet she needs her space also known as her alone time to allow herself to maintain her identity and so she can "prolong the magic" she feels with in herself and the singer.

    Furthermore, Cake continues, "when she wants, she wants the sun instead of the moon" to express her need to shoot for the star instead of being comfortable with something within her reach, the moon.

    Additionally, the man elaborates, "when she sees she sees the stars inside of her room" to colorfully describe this woman acknowledges her dreams which are the stars and knows she is one as well.

    Abruptly there is a man and woman start speaking French which I can't translate. Yet from the context of the song and how they are both communicating, I'm assuming this man and woman are speaking the same language and are on the same page in regards of understanding one another.

    Ultimately, Cake goes back to the title of the song "Let Me Go" and repeats it multiple times. Generally which would normally seem that the person described is not interested and wants to be left alone. Yet if you listen to the words in the song, the title means the opposite because the woman he is singing about wants him and wants to keep the relationship fresh by allowing space in between them.

    So transparently, the summarization of the whole song is these two people want to be with each other. The man wants to stay with her and the woman does as well. The difference between the two is that the man wants to have the woman close right now and the woman is not ready and needs her space. She doesn't want him to literally let her go, just slow it down.

    I hoped this helped any of the readers in the World Wide Web cause elaborating this song definitely helped me with a special someone.

    -Jahrey




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