"Let Her Go" (CD Single)



Warm and catchy ballad about loss and regret.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The lyrics are about sadness at the end of a relationship and taking good things for granted.

Positive role models

Sweet and contemplative songwriting is always refreshing and inspiring.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Staring at the bottom of your glass" could be interpreted as a reference to alcohol or simply as a universal symbol of contemplation.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Let Her Go," the breakout hit single from British singer-songwriter Passenger, is a warm and heartfelt ballad about not appreciating what we have until it's gone. The lyrics are nonthreatening and relatable and perfect for kids of all ages, especially for fans of other acoustic troubadours such as Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift.

What's the story?

LET HER GO was released as the second single of British folk-rocker Passenger's 2012 album All The Little Lights. Following solid exposure from a huge tour with teen heartthrob Ed Sheeran, "Let Her Go" went seriously viral and catapulted Passenger to international fame and chart success.

Is it any good?


The song is built around lead singer Mike Rosenberg's strong, nasally voice and rich, finger-plucked acoustic guitar. Adding Gotye-like layers are a keyboard, understated drums, and violin, giving the track a nice, full sound. The lyrics aren't exactly profound, but they're universal and broad enough to be seized upon by heartsick tweens and teens. The music video simply uses footage from a performance to add a human face to the interesting voice on the recording. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how difficult it can be to let the past go, especially in the realms of friendship and relationships. Do you think music can help listeners explore their own feelings in a new way?

  • Despite the increasing use of electronic instruments and synthesizers in pop music, there always seems to be a market for the simple sound of the human voice and an acoustic guitar. What do you think makes this combination so powerful and enduring? 

  • Passenger had existed as a relatively unknown band for almost 10 years before suddenly topping charts in 16 countries based off one viral smash hit video. How has the Internet changed the way fame is achieved?

Music details

Release date:October 24, 2013
Label:Warner Bros.
Genre:Indie Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byJWilliams303 November 19, 2013

Very Emotional and Beautiful Song

This is a very beautiful song...Passenger did an amazing job with this song and all I can say is that it's one of my most favorite songs to listen to at the moment. I'm really hoping some of their other songs that will be released will be just as great as this one is. It's definitely a really touching and emotional song which talks about someone that he loves and sometimes in love, you have to let that person go and move on in life.
Teen, 16 years old Written bywhiteblack November 22, 2013


I absolutely love this song! It's very emotional and theme of regret is one that everyone can relate to. It shows that songs don't have to be about sex and include lots of swear words to be popular with teenagers today.
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Kid, 11 years old February 23, 2014

Good for 6+

This song is very catchy, always gets stuck in your head. Besides that, it's swear-free or any other nasty stuff-free. It's a nice clean song, with a great message that you never notice things until they are already gone. Great song!
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