Let me go?

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‘Let me go’ is the third single from Avril Lavigne’s latest self titled album. This song was co-written and sung by Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger. A song which lets you in on the journey of a failed relationship, letting go of the memories which once was of love but now is the remains of only what was once.

Interpretation:

“Love that once hung on the wall, Used to mean something but now it means nothing. The echoes are gone in the hall, But I still remember the pain of December. There is isn’t one thing left you could say, I’m sorry it’s too late.”

Avril’s emotions are numb on past memories. What brought purpose to her soul is now a reminder of pain. Those moments hold value no more, neither a photograph nor reality. What love once spoke of, lost words by the end of it. It’s heartbreaking for her to forget her pain in December, soon after her divorce in November. Every entity has a breaking point. Likewise, her relationship had reached a stage where her soul ceased to co-exist with her partner’s. She feels the need to end the aging agony of her dying relationship.

“I’m breaking free from the memories, Gotta let it go, just let it go, I’ve said goodbye, set it all on fire, Gotta let it go, just let it go.”

Avril is breaking free from her fairy tale turned failure. Setting fire to her memories, they rain down like ashes and blown away by the wind. Her goodbye proves testament to her letting go of the past, the relationship and her self-crushing sorrow.

“You came back to find I was gone, And that place is empty, like the hole that was left in me. Like we were nothing at all, It’s not what you meant to me, thought we were meant to be. There isn’t one thing left you could say, I’m sorry it’s too late.”

This verse is sung by Chad Kroeger. Letting go is easier said than done. Even after trying, she came back for him, only to find him gone as the smoke in a chimney disappearing by leaving no trace behind. The home they created is an empty place, digging through the soul of the heart. What brought them happiness has turned to the opposite. Chad speaks of love running out of hope rendering it no depth as darkness in the grim. He believed that they were meant to be though fate chose otherwise. It’s time they laid waste to the shallowness. It’s decided that it’s a little too late and they’d rather let go.

“I let it go and now I know, A brand new life is down the road. And when it’s right, you always know, So this time I won’t let go.”

All endings have new beginnings. The crossing of a finishing line is the inception of a new race. Starting over is the right choice than being hung over. When true love comes around, you will hold onto it. Giving up isn’t an option this time around. Fighting till the end and making it right is the way to go.

“There’s only one thing left here to say, Love’s never too late.”

When a relationship full of disappointment is at its end, a road is paved. The choice is to take the same path or build a new one. There is light at the end of the tunnel and Avril believes that her train of love is never too late.

“And two goodbyes led to this new life, Don’t let me go.”

Two goodbyes is the start of two new lives. As much as she has let go, she’d like to be held onto. The fire in her relationship has been extinguished but she believes that a flame will come around to grant her the warmth she deserves. She pleads her love to never let go.

“Won’t let you go, Don’t let me go.”

The last two lines project her feelings towards true love. In the face of all odds, she will hold on and wishes to be held onto. Avril turns the song from a negative perspective to a positive one. From letting go to refusing to do the same, she has grown in the span of four minutes and twenty seven seconds. Love can cause you to do many things and often has the potential to showcase two sides of the same surface.

Overview:

‘Let You Go’ is more than what meets the ear. Avril Lavigne’s relationships despite causing a great deal of sorrow, has helped the Canadian in terms of writing simple yet breathtaking lyrics. This single isn’t filled with strong words. The simplicity and the tone paints the right picture, making this song one of Avril’s best till date. The beauty of this track in particular is the bringing together of two musicians that fell in love while co-writing and recording. Though the message of the song is letting go, two individuals were bound together through the words of a heartbreak. Irony is the appropriate word to describe the single itself and the circumstances created by it. Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger are happily married today.

If one were to study her previous albums, a certain thought as to how this single came up could intrigue you. One of her famous tracks titled ‘Keep Holding On’ suggests a completely different belief. The Avril Lavigne then chose to give it her all in every possible scenario. Time depicts truth and the Canadian has understood herself better with the years that have passed by. She has come to terms with her relationships and takes a firm stand. Arguably, one of the best musicians of our time, Avril Lavigne has sent us a message that this isn’t another chapter in her life but an entirely new script where she’s taking charge and writing her own fate. ‘Let You Go’ is the obituary to her past.

Recommendation:

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13 / Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

 

Thirteen by Danzig, an ode to Johnny Cash marks its ground as a timeless piece of the many wonders the band has provided us. Danzig, an American heavy metal band was formed in the late 1980’s. Despite the satanic tendencies, one must complement the band in terms of the musical diversity displayed. The song we present to you is ‘Thirteen’ from the album titled ‘6:66 Satan’s Child.’ Setting aside the title of the record, let’s focus on this particular single. Glenn Danzig, the lead singer, wrote this for Johnny Cash as an understanding of the man and his career. It was popularized by becoming the opening song of the movie, ‘The Hangover.’ Johnny Cash is easily one of the most influential figures in music of all times. Though the song depicts bad luck and misery, Johnny Cash turned out to be one of the greatest. A thorough listening of the track will give you a gloomy picture amidst a country side graphic. Danzig’s appeal is maintained and the music eventually grows onto you. “Bad luck wind blowing on my back, I’m born to bring trouble wherever I’m at.” These being the opening lines of the song directly lead you to the point. The theme is set and as an avid listener, you know exactly what you are in for. ‘Bad luck’ and ‘trouble’ complement each other and for those of us that face either of the two or even both for that matter can easily relate to the words. Talent isn’t an excuse for good fortune. Cash faced great struggles in his duration of 71 years. “With the number 13 tattooed on my neck, that ink starts to itch, black gon’ turn to red.” For several reasons the number thirteen is considered unlucky. This is interpreted in terms of mathematics, science, legality and even for biblical reasons.  ‘That ink starts to itch, black gon’ turn to red.’ Being unlucky can itch and the very source of bad luck can dent your progress as a living being. Cash’s popular nick name is – The Man in Black. This was mainly due to his rebelliousness. By stating that black is going to turn red, a clear indication is made that his rebelliousness will soon turn into blood. “I was born in the soul of misery, and I never had me a name, they just give me a number when I was young.” Cash wasn’t born in the heart of misery but in the soul. The choice of words is interesting. The heart eventually stops beating and life must come to an end. What makes the soul fascinating is that it lives on according to popular belief. Cash was spiritually miserable. His parents couldn’t think of a name and they eventually ended up calling him, ‘J.R. Cash.’ A reference is made to the number, which is thirteen denoting that Cash inherited the sense of bad luck and misery from his family. “Got a long line of heartache, I carry it well. The list of lives I’ve broken, reach from here to hell.” The misery caused him a long line of heartache. Cash learnt to carry that heartache. If he didn’t, the achievements to his name would have only been a distant dream. He was responsible for several lives, his first wife being one of them. Due to his constant drug abuse and countless affairs with women, she filed for a divorce in 1966. The line of people he’s broken lays out the distance from here to hell. That could only mean that Cash had fallen harder and even deeper. “Pray you don’t look at me, and I pray I don’t look back.” Cash pleads you to look away. He’s realized that he hasn’t set a good example for humanity. He’s been scarred to an extent that he’s afraid to look back at his past. Moving forward is the only option for himself as well as for the people around him. “Found me with a preacher man confessing all I done, Catch me with the devil playing 21.” Confessions breed awareness. Seeking the lord’s forgiveness was Cash’s final option. Irony lies in the fact that Cash in subtle ways promoted the antichrist. The very example being this track itself that Cash learnt from Danzig when he went down to Tennessee to teach him this song. Blackjack or 21 is a game of chance that lasts for a very short duration. Cash had always been living on the edge, playing with fire and pinning his hopes on his sins. All in all, the lyrics construct an elevating path. Although here, one is sinking lower to discover a man’s misfortune. The mellow yet tempering guitar, conscious bass and effective drumming coupled with Danzig’s vocals makes the song an absolute treat to listen to. The song possesses the ability to prick your conscience, making it a strange eulogy despite the fact that it wasn’t never meant to be one. Praise for the man hardly being there in the song. Audiograph recommends you to give this song a listen. You can provide us with your feedback by posting a comment below or by writing to us at – audiogravery@gmail.com

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