“Let Her Go”, By Passenger

The song “Let Her Go“, by Passenger, All the Little Lights, is an extremely popular song as the nature of the song describes a memory that many people can relate to. At the song’s core, it emphasizes how waiting too long to tell someone else how you feel may be too late and that person may have moved on. Nearly every line has tones of regret stricken through it especially in the lines

Well, you see her when you fall asleep
But never to touch and never to keep
‘Cause you loved her too much, and you dived too deep

This set of lines also has a rhyme scheme at the end of each line indicating the congruent thoughts and feelings. Rhyme schemes are also present in every other verse but very slightly. In this quote, however, the metaphor of “[diving] too deep” serves on levels because a person can dive, or fall, into sleep just as a person could dive into love.

But you only need the light when it’s burning low
Only miss the sun when it starts to snow
Only know you love her when you let her go
Only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low
Only hate the road when you’re missing home
Only know you love her when you let her go

The chorus of the song makes many comparisons between what was and what is, allowing the listener to contemplate what they regret seeing, feeling, or hearing. The chorus also has a rhyme scheme which is almost all the same ending sound except for “home” which makes the word stick out. The listener is forced to confront first the definition of “home” and then what this might mean to the listener personally, simply enhancing the theme of seizing your opportunity. All in all, I think the song is beautiful and forces reality to emerge from often a blissful love story or from a tragic one.

3 thoughts on ““Let Her Go”, By Passenger

  1. LucaL

    I totally agree with your points and I think that this song definitely is poetic in many ways. Also, the repetition of “Only” at the beginning of every line in the chorus, as well as similar structure of each line, which really adds to the poetic influence of the song by emphasizing the duality between extremes, and how only by experiencing one extreme can your comprehend the other.


  2. MAEVE M

    I agree that this song is very poetic and hits home with many people. I think that the line “But never to touch and never to keep” really emphasizes your point of the regret that comes with waiting to long to tell a person about your feelings. You missed the chance to be close with them and as much as you would like to, you cannot stop them from being with someone else. I totally agree that this song has a sad, but also beautiful, message.


  3. ariel m

    This song is definitely poetic in many ways. It has so much depth and emotion and is very nostalgic. It is sort of bittersweet because the lyrics are so sad but the rhythm and beat are so nice to listen to.


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