"Let Her Go" (CD Single)

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Warm and catchy ballad about loss and regret.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 10 reviews

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Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sweet and contemplative songwriting is always refreshing and inspiring.

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old 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 th... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old September 10, 2020

Tender, heartfelt songwriting

This indie-pop tune is pure gold. Passenger has a unique voice, the lyrics are poetic, and the message is about appreciating what you have. This is Passenger... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bylafrancophile January 18, 2020

Heard it in my favourite place

The first time I heard this song was in my favourite place and then I found it when I got back home. For this reason it has become my anthem not because of the... Continue reading

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. 

Talk to your kids 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

  • Artist: Passenger
  • Release date: October 24, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Indie Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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