What does Let Me Go mean?

Hailee Steinfeld: Let Me Go Meaning

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Album cover for Let Me Go album cover

Song Released: 2017

Featuring: Alesso, Florida Georgia Line, Watt

Let Me Go Lyrics

You made plans and I, I made problems
We were sleeping back to back
You know this thing wasn't built to last and
Good on paper, picture perfect
Chased the high too far too fast,
Picket white fence but we paint it black
And I...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 4th 2018 !⃝

    This song is about a girl who truly loves this guy and she loves him a lot. The only problem is that she feels like she's not giving him all the love he deserves and therefore tells him to let her go and find someone who will love him. She loves him but she feels like she doesn't deserve him.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 31st 2019 !⃝

    Almost all of the interpretations here are wrong so far. This song is about a young couple in love. They live in a small town in the Southwestern United States (Arizona or Utah, probably). They are middle class to lower middle, but are filled with happiness and love. They truly are happy together. But she wants more. She wants to leave and become a music star.

    Watch the official music video. She starts off being prepared for a concert by a huge staff. She does not seem happy. And yet she remembers her true love, this young guy she once loved. She feels happiness from these memories and yet she is then reminded that she has a lot of guilt for this love to have ended:

    "Ooh, and I wished you had hurt me harder than I hurt you". And she still feels that the man still loves her, but she knows there will be no turning back "Ooh, and I wish you wouldn't wait for me for me but you always do!".

    She feels that he still loves her and she wishes he stopped loving her. But then, FL-GA Line clarifies that he does not:

    " It's been some time with us, but this time ain't even" (he is still hurting from the break-up because he was the one she left for fame/stardom. He seems hurt by her deprature. She made it big and he stayed behind and lost his beloved.).

    "I can leave it in the past but you're holding on to what you never had!" (she had him, and the memories she had are not really real, as he is still hurt from this and she thinks he still loves her, but he does not. He has moved on. He forgives her and has moved on).

    "It's good on paper, picture perfect...Chased the high too far, too fast; Picket white fence, but we paint it black". (They had a perfect life if they had married and stayed together. A "basic" life, but a happy one. But they ruined it, because she chose to leave. She left so her "picture perfect" memories are not the memories he has. She became a star, however, she "chased the high too far too fast". And he stayed. Clearly, some hurt on his part still exists.)

    The scene then shifts and shows her going to high-end parties and hangs out with rich stars. She is happy only on the surface. Because she is conttsanly thinking of her hometown love when she is hanging out with others. She remembers the fun she had riding in her hometown love's crappy truck. Then she was really happy.

    And yet, she wants him, her hometown love, to be happy and not continue to be in love with her, the way she could not: "I've been hoping somebody loves you in the ways I couldn't."

    She then hopes for his happiness and that someone will love her and heal him: "Somebody's taking care of all... of the mess I've made...Someone you don't have to change...I've been hoping...Someone will love you, let me go".

    And yet she thinks he is still in love with her. Maybe he still is? And is he still kinda bitter as FL-GA Line sang his part?

    Look at end of music video. She is surrounded by contracts, publicists, etc. Does she look happy? No.

    Then she remembers last time she saw him. She is at a bus stop leaving her hometown for fame. He comes to say good-bye at bus stop and she is hardened against him. So he walks away from her.

    And in the end, she is on stage, crying at the end. Deep inside, she is not really happy, as I surmised already.

    There is a cost to fame. Everything in life is cost-benefit. Fame, financial/professional success may come at the cost of marriage, love, happiness. That is how life works. There is a cost-benefit tradeoff to everything in life. Everything!

    Great song!


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Oct 14th 2017 !⃝

    I think this song is about a dead relationship.It didn't work out. The girl doesn't love the guy anymore, but he still loves her. The girl is telling him that he shouldn't be holding on to her because someone will love him since she couldn't. She wants him to move on and get over her. She hurt him so much by not loving him and she feels guilty so she wishes he would hurt her more than she hurt him. This is my opinion so no hate please!

  4. anonymous
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    Nov 15th 2021 !⃝

    i literally relate to this song, but i were the "you" and my ex is the girl. he said that he loves me so much more than anything but he said that i deserve better, he feels like he plays my feelings over and over. yeah i know that it's true but i always forgive him even my friends told me that he's bad for me and i worthy more than just the bare minimum that he ever did to me. at the last minutes when he told me that he doesnt love me anymore just for me to find someone else better he said that there's no reason in staying anymore, i should go away. he did hurts me back then, but i know this conversation should end with what he thinks is the best for us so i leave. hi ruq if you read this, just so you know you still have that special place in my heart even when i'm not the same person anymore and the love that i feel for you isnt like i used to. maybe we can meet in the same place, idk it'll be with the same feelings or it's just for us to say thank you for everything. i know how it feels to be loved cause of you, even we should end all here. thanks for sticking around this far!

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 15th 2021 !⃝

    This song has also grown on me. I just recently found out my boyfriend is moving to a different state and I can’t handle it because our relationship has been very, very faint. I still love him with all my heart but I feel like he doesn’t love me. So now I’m starting to hope that when he moves he finds someone who is better than me. Considering that the album has a picture of a postcard also made me feel like this could be a song about someone your very close to moving away.

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 17th 2020 !⃝

    I feel like she is the guy in my life. She's telling him to get over her, she doesn't love him the way he loves her. She's cheated over and over and he loves her so much that he forgives her and keeps being there loving and caring truly because his love is blinded his love is rare to most. She knows she doesn't deserve him he's a better person than she is and he will never hurt her more, he never can because his love is the real thing. She leaves him hoping someone can heal the pain and deal with his trust issues because she messed with his head and heart so much. He only loves her and will always want to have her back so he may be messed up for life over her. She keeps telling him let me go I will never be what you deserve but he doesn't want to because he believes that his love will be enough but she knows it isn't. So she wants him to hurt her to ease her guilty conscience unfortunately that will never happen. She's hurting at times knowing his love was true. She will never find that love again but she's selfish and in for the moment so she cheats over & over then feels guilty

  7. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2019 !⃝

    This song has been growing on me especially lately...

    I was cheated on by my ex....
    He left me for someone who was talking about me....
    After I showed him what all they said.....
    He said “Maybe we should break up”
    But when I came back a few minutes and saw he left our PM’s and was now dating the other person.....
    I felt worthless and took it as he was agreeing with that person....
    But later this person got banned....
    He came back into the group chat where my and my new boyfriend was talking.....
    He got mad and said “We never officially broke up”
    He said he gave me a choice when he said “Maybe we should break up” and I felt really conflicted....
    He claimed that I should have PM him to say if we were officially over...
    He even started PM me saying that I left him when he needed me the most....
    Thanks to a few friends, I’ve come to realized that I wasn’t the one in the wrong...
    They told me they would have felt the same way in the situation.
    But now my bf who I’m still with...
    He’s upset because of all of what happened...
    Because of my past bf’s jealousy...
    He got hurt...
    And now I wish he would leave me for someone else because I feel that it’s best....
    And I believe my ex would even try to hurt him again as well as me if I’m still with him....

  8. anonymous
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    Jan 20th 2019 !⃝

    Mm..I feel this song very much bcz its meaning clearly goes with the present situation in my relationship...we loved each other a lot..and we used to think that we are the best...bcz in lst year..we couldn't imagine how to stay apart like this till we marry...we dreamed a lot about our future...but then came the evil situation..both of us are still studying and we are sme age..when exam are coming more closer I was so depressed with the work and the love affair...bcz there was no time for me to give him...but he was quietly opposite of mine..he was hanging with me all the time..so I felt like we are not going well..bcz I knew it very well,whether we couldn't finishesup our exams properly there's no any future for us..(according to the culture, believes and situation in sri lanka)..may be I'm wrong..bt I need a better future..earlier he was going well with me..I wished that he'll do a good job same as me..but when time passes the thing he did only was love..he gave up all his future by hanging up only in love..so today, I struggles a lot to be apart from him..earlier I was selfless..I tried my best to run with him the race which I do now..but he didn't try to run with me even a once.. so I gave up in him..I know that I'm a selfish person...but anyone will never understand the situation I was going earlier..anyway..I know that he'll find someone better than me who can stay with him in his every situation whether it's good or bad...this song!!it's mine..it goes with me very well...

    Lv this a lot..

  9. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2018 !⃝

    I think that this lyrics song was
    All about unhappy relationship.
    The girl thinks that she is not worthy.The boy was really in loved with her but she can't love him back like the ways how he love her.
    So that's why the girl wants to have somebody else to replace her. Because she felt guilt.

  10. anonymous
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    May 13th 2018 !⃝

    This song is about a girl who has done somthing tragic to a person she loved deeply. Later in the lyrics we realise that the girl might have done wrong to her lover. "Sombodys taking care of all the mess i made". It makes the viewers wounder what has she done that she feels so much guilt on. Some may think she might have cheated on him, in the song she also says "I wish you hurt me harder then i hurt you". What hurts more then being cheated on? On the other hand it seems as though her man has no knowledge of all the things she has done, she also says "I wish you wouldnt wait for me but you always do". He is blinded, he loved her way to much to even think she cheated. Somtimes when we love somone so much we cant see the bad even though everyone else might. Awseome song and well presented.

  11. anonymous
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    Mar 26th 2018 !⃝

    I think this song could be a about someone liking someone else but still loving their partner but in more of a friend way. They feel bad they can't give the person all their love because of someone else. They don't want to hurt them so they want the other person to 'let me go' so they don't feel as bad about hurting them. They know they love them lots but they can't give them the same amount of love back so they think they will be better without each other

  12. anonymous
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    Mar 4th 2018 !⃝

    I think this is about a relationship where they both fell fast but the guy fell harder and the girl could never keep up. I think she saw how perfect the relationship could be so she ignored her feelings until it got too much, but the guy still holds on and thinks she’ll love him the way he loves her. I think the girl realizes it’s futile to continue when she can never love him as deeply as he loves her and that makes her feel so guilty because he’s a good guy who deserves someone who can love him back, and she knows how hard this will hit so she hopes he finds someone who can clean up the mess and someone who he doesn’t have to change to love her.

  13. anonymous
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    Feb 1st 2018 !⃝

    I think the song is about a girl who hurt someone who loved her and cared for her like no other and didn't realize the damage she caused. She feels guilty for all that she's done so she wishes that person hurt her more than she hurt them because she'd feel less ashamed. I also feel like she's unsure about her self and she didn't know what she wanted so she selfishly keeps that person on a leash and that's why the other person always waits for her in hopes she'll feel the same way.

  14. anonymous
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    Jan 22nd 2018 !⃝

    This song is about a girl who feels like the guy she is with deserves someone better than her... The guy is holding onto the past but the girl can't deny what she feels and she thinks after all she has done the guy should leave her... She feels like she has hurt him and messed up things in this relationship and he is a good guy so someone else will love him in the ways she couldn't she feels she made problems like maybe she has cheated on him because in the video there is a second guy and she states she wishes he hurt her harder than she hurt him. I feel like he is fighting for this relationship while she is done she says "I wish you wouldn't wait for me but you always do" and maybe he has tried to change her because she says he deserves "someone you don't have to change ". Also metaphors like picket white fence we painted black insinuates that they were perfect but things have changed, white to black means their love was pure and now has become dark.... That's my interpretation of this song hope you guys like it

  15. anonymous
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    Jan 7th 2018 !⃝

    I think the lyrics indicate that she is been in a relationship with a person, and they do love each other, but she probably feels like it is not right. She probably wants to leave, but she is scared that she is going to hurt the other person terribly. So she just wants that the other should find someone better than her, to find someone who can love him more than she ever can, so that they can end it in a good note.

  16. anonymous
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    Dec 24th 2017 !⃝

    Though the lyrics are appear to be full of heartbreak, Hailee Steinfeld is adamant that this tune is, in fact, a love song.

    "More than ever in the last couple months in my life, I've experienced what it's like to try and maintain a relationship while working," she explained to Teen Vogue. "You realise that when you love someone so much and you can't give them the time, and the energy that they deserve, it's heartbreaking."

    Hailee continued: "People have said Let Me Go feels like a break-up song but it really is a love song and it's about loving that person so much that all you want to do is see them happy and see them with somebody that makes them happy." at songfacts

    - Hope you have a Merry Christmas people

  17. anonymous
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    Dec 22nd 2017 !⃝

    I think it’s about that a girl loves a guy but she can’t love him that much that she can give him and saying that he deserves someone better than her and can love him properly. And she is telling him that love the other girl instead and let me go.

  18. anonymous
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    Nov 18th 2017 !⃝

    It's about a couple that has been in a rough situation lately and the girl have thought of giving him up because he deserve someone better, but the boy on the other hand wants to hold on. The boy can let go of the bad past for her, but the girl hold on to what she think that is better for them. A fast decision indeed or so I think the easy way out to stop all of the problems because she doesn't want to hurt her anymore. It's soooo clear and so I can really say that the girl really love the boy. She loves the boy to the point that she wants somebody to love him in the ways she couldn't. Because she's hurting the boy so much and in her mind she thought that the boy deserves a love that is much better than the love she can give to him. A love for him that doesn't need to change anything or in other words a love that will not create problems.

    That's my interpretation. All I can say is that people tends to make quick decisions. For all I know relationship is build from the challenges they face together that makes their bond stronger, but once someone makes a quick decision of making a stop of the problem... There will be a gap between the couple.
    Please don't think of getting out of the relationship. Yes you'll think someone will love him/her better than you, but think of why did he chose you with the knowledge that he/she knows there will be always someone better? He/She chose you nevertheless and I believe that is what matters the most. Choosing to love you nevertheless.

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