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Elsa Let It Go
"Let It Go"

Performer

Idina Menzel

Writer

Robert Lopez
Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Released

November 25, 2013

Duration

3:45

Album

Frozen Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Track

5

Preceded by

"Love is an Open Door"

Followed by

"Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People"

"​Let It Go" is a song written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and sung by Elsa (Idina Menzel) in the 2013 Disney animated film, Frozen.

During the song, Elsa travels up the North Mountain; at first she is still scared and feels lonely, but now that everybody knows about her powers, she sees no point in hiding who she is, and begins to use them. They are slightly uncontrolled to begin with, but after she finally feels more comfortable and happy with where she is, she is calm enough to begin creating more specific objects like a set of stairs and her snowflake motif. Finally realizing the scope of her powers, she then goes on to build her ice palace. Elsa then declares that she will never go back, leaving the past in the past. After letting her hair down and creating her ice dress, Elsa walks out onto the balcony of her palace, revealing the mountain range, illuminated by the orange light of the rising sun.

Lyrics

Elsa: The snow glows white
On the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen
A kingdom of isolation
And it looks like I'm the Queen

The wind is howling
Like this swirling storm inside
Couldn't keep it in
Heaven knows I tried ...

Don't let them in
Don't let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal
Don't feel
Don't let them know ...
Well, now they know!

Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door!
I don't care what they're going to say
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway

It's funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all!

It's time to see
What I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong
No rules for me
I'm free!

Let it go! Let it go!
I am one with the wind and sky!
Let it go! Let it go!
You'll never see me cry!
Here I stand and here I'll stay
Let the storm rage on ...

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I'm never going back
The past is in the past!

Let it go! Let it go!
And I'll rise like the break of dawn!
Let it go! Let it go!
That perfect girl is gone!

Here I stand in the light of day ...
Let the storm rage on!!!
The cold never bothered me anyway

Accolades

  • Academy Awards, won "Best Original Song"[1]
  • Grammy Awards, won "Best Song Written for Visual Media"[2]

Trivia

  • In the song, the line, "Conceal, don't feel...", was something Elsa's father said to her after he had given her a pair of gloves in an attempt to subdue Elsa's powers. The line is also said in "For the First Time in Forever".
  • "Let It Go" is the first solo song sung by a Disney Princess who is the deuteragonist of the film.
  • This song was a major driving force behind changing Elsa into a more complex and vulnerable character.
  • "Making Today a Perfect Day" references "Let It Go" with the line, "a cold never bothered me anyway."

References

  1. Box Office Mojo. Best Original Song. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.
  2. Lynch, Joe (December 5, 2014). Best Song Written for Visual Media. Billboard. Retrieved on March 1, 2015.

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