NF: Let You Down Meaning
Song Released: 2017
Let You Down Lyrics
I wish that I could say I'm proud
I'm sorry that I let you down
Let you down
All these voices in my head get loud
I wish that I could shut them out
I'm sorry that I let you down
anonymous Jan 12th, 2018 1:22am report
At the end of the music video we find out the old man is Nathan.
I think this song represents NF feeling like he's let himself down, like it's his older self looking back on his younger years. He's realizing he just stood back and let his real, or good, or important (whatever you want to call it), parts of himself "die".
anonymous Mar 23rd, 2018 3:07pm report
I can imagine that the whole song is about NF and his relationship with his Dad... A kind of concilliatory text..
but probably mostly from his own point of view...now that he is older and wiser, he looks back and realizes that he too was a tough kid at times... as most kids are as teens for example and that his Dad probably tried his best to be a good Dad..at a time that was also tough for his Dad...
He sings in a harsh tone "Yeah, I guess I'm a disappointment..." This is NF saying all the things that need to be said as a young man rebelling at everything that he thinks makes him a failure so that he can get rid of all his resentment for what happened to his family and the way he saw things when he younger... parents' divorce, teen life with Dad and Mother's suicide etc...
Then, the "older, more reasonable and understanding voice of the refrain:
It's his older and wiser self talking... "I wish that I could say I'm proud... sorry that I let you down..." He realizes that he also screwed up along the way and though he wanted to make his Dad proud, also made some wrong choices in his life...
So, on the one hand he feels disadvantaged and is missing a lot of what he feels his Dad should have given him in terms of love and support and on the other hand he knows that it also wasn't easy for his Dad and feels that he let him down as well...
So I am thinking that maybe this song is a concilliatory gesture to his Dad... on the one hand.. making him responsible for how he turned out but at the same time reaching out to him for forgiveness for the things he also did wrong...
anonymous Dec 30th, 2017 12:17pm report
this song is obviously about his bad relationship with his parents but there's more to it based on his music video. in the beginning the old man is suppose to represent his father. in the scenes where NF is drowning and trapped in a burning car, his father is just standing there watching him struggle without helping. later on, when the old man sees the hole in the ground he goes over to it revealing a coffin inside with NF. the man is crying and greiving over his dead son. the last part of the video, the man is overlooking the lake where NF was drowning. the camera moves down to his arm and shows a tattoo and in the back a woman calling him nathan. (NF's first name) personally I think after NF died, in the music video, he became the father
anonymous Feb 25th, 2:20pm report
The song is about him looking back at the things he did at the past and knows what he did was not up to the standards he wanted them to be it could be failing classes, making everyone dissapointed in you and lots more. I think this is a good song for people who know what there doing is wrong but do it anyway.
anonymous Nov 15th, 2018 11:37am report
Thank you for helping me understand.
anonymous Oct 15th, 2018 10:55am report
You know. It’s a tough song. Many interpretations. The one that stands out is between NF and his father. If your a teenage guy or girl, you struggle to listen and try. You feel like nothing you do is correct. This is why NF said “ its okay, I’m a let down, but it’s okay I moved out.” When this part comes up it talks about how he feels like everything he did was a let down to his dad. As a teenage boy (me) I can relate and say that this is real.
anonymous Apr 30th, 2018 4:15am report
I think all the characters are a person. The death of the young man expresses the destruction and abandonment of the protagonist when he was young. On the surface, the elderly et young man dOWn. In fact, the young man disappointed the old man and could see it from the last old man crying. MV shows an old man's recollection of his youth from the angle of a third person. He sees his step towards destruction, but he has no power, grief, weakness, and repentance.
This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
anonymous Mar 18th, 2018 3:27pm report
This song is beautiful for a lot of reasons. I think Nathan is watching himself go thru things that would make one suffer. He is drowning in emotion. He is burning from the guilt. He feels like he let his parents down. But did he? The parents were the ones who were supposed to protect him. They were supposed to be there. They were supposed to be "loyal." But they werent. No parent should ever put their kids through what he went threw. But because the world isnt perfect. They do, do it. I hope he can rise above it. Be the better person.
anonymous Mar 9th, 2018 3:10pm report
I think it is about a boy and his father it's pretty obvious his mom is not there and it's how nf was not raised right probably because his parents were fighting all the time so his dad now sees that he has let his son down and that he can not do anything about it this connects to the real world and how parents are so cought up in fighting that they don't realize that there kids are dieting on the inside about this it's easy to be solved but hard to be fixed
anonymous Mar 8th, 2018 3:19pm report
Irs about how he thought he was a let down to his abuseive dad
anonymous Mar 2nd, 2018 3:38pm report
It's about letting someone down, your trying to change as a person but you can't and you start doubting yourself and the voice's is your head doubting and you feel like you've let that person down
anonymous Feb 24th, 2018 2:58pm report
To me it’s about having thoughts that come with a mental illness, like depression or anxiety, that tear apart relationships. But I can see other interpretations as well.
anonymous Feb 21st, 2018 2:44pm report
It's about how NF's parents get split up. His mom does drugs, and he thinks that he's a let down to her.
anonymous Feb 12th, 2018 2:48pm report
I can completely relate to nf but the song is about how his mom had a boyfriend who abused him and how his mother died of a drug overdose when he was in high school and had to live with his father and he feels like he would do that to a kid that he might have I doubt he will but it is the real meaning of the song ( basically about his douche of a mom and basically he says he has abandonment issues in the song if you really listen)
anonymous Feb 4th, 2018 2:34pm report
I think it is about him regretting what he should have done at young age.
anonymous Jan 4th, 2018 1:39pm report
Receives lots of pressure from his parents and can't cope because whatever he does he can't please them.
anonymous Dec 30th, 2017 12:11pm report
His father wants him gone because hes a let down
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