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Let It Go
Originally performed by
Composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Robert Lopez
Lyrics Robert Lopez
Kristen Anderson-Lopez
Performer(s) Idina Menzel (Elsa the Snow Queen)
Demi Lovato (Credits Version)
Films Frozen
Shows
Attractions World of Color
Disney Dreams!
Celebrate the Magic
Video games
Albums Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Dconstructed
(Armin Van Buuren remix)
Dance Party 2014 (UK) (Demi Lovato version)
Now That's What I Call Music! 88 (UK) (Idina Menzel version)
Now That's What I Call Music! 51 (US) (Idina Menzel version)
Kidz Bop 26 (Idina Menzel version, sung by Kidz Bop Kids)
Preceded by Love is an Open Door
Followed by Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People
Video
Disney's Frozen "Let It Go" Sequence Performed by Idina Menzel03:39

Disney's Frozen "Let It Go" Sequence Performed by Idina Menzel

Elsa is finding her identity; she's growing into who she is and she's finally accepting her own strength and magical powers. Instead of hiding it, like she's done all her life, she's letting it go and embracing it.
―Demi Lovato

"Let It Go" is a song from Disney's 2013 animated feature film Frozen, with music and lyrics composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The song was performed in the film by American actress and singer Idina Menzel in her role as Queen Elsa. The song appears after an ostracized Elsa flees her kingdom of Arendelle soon after her ice powers are discovered by the public. Realizing that she no longer needs to hide her powerful abilities anymore, Elsa declares herself free from the stress and fears that she's been faced with since childhood. The lyrics "Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know," were a phrase Elsa's father told her when she was given her gloves for safety, but Elsa soon puts the phrase behind her by saying, "Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know, well now they know!" and finally "letting go" of her icy powers as she reaches the chorus; "Let it go!" After finishing creating her palace and a new outfit she currently wore made of ice, Elsa ends the song with "The cold never bothered me anyway."

Lyrics

Idina Menzel's Lyrics

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 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

Demi Lovato's Lyrics

Demi Lovato - Let It Go (from "Frozen") Official03:51

Demi Lovato - Let It Go (from "Frozen") Official

Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn my back and slam the door

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 had 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 my back and slam the door
And here I stand, and here I'll stay
Let it go, let it go
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
Up here in the cold thin air, I finally can breathe
I know I left a life behind, but I'm too relieved to grieve

Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn my back and slam the door
And here I stand, and here I'll stay
Let it go, let it go
The cold never bothered me anyway

Standing frozen in the life I've chosen
You won't find me, the past is so behind me
Buried in the snow

Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn my back and slam the door
And here I stand, and here I'll stay
Let it go, let it go
The cold never bothered me anyway, oh

Let it go
Yeah, yeah
Na, na
Here I'll stay
Let it go, let it go
Ooh
Let it go

Composition

"Let It Go", was the first song that Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez wrote for the film. The duo took inspiration from other Disney films such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast and contemporary artists including Lady Gaga and Adele. Although unintentional, the song's composition was pivotal in the film's characterization of Elsa. Originally written as a villain, co-directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee gradually rewrote Elsa as one of the film's protagonists.

Anderson-Lopez and Lopez specifically wrote the song for Idina Menzel, referring to her as "one of the most glorious voices of Broadway and an icon in musical theater". Menzel's vocal range was taken under consideration during the music's composition.

Demi Lovato's version

"Let It Go"
Let It Go single artwork
Single by Demi Lovato
Released: October 21, 2013
Genre(s): Pop rock
Label: Walt Disney Records
Length: 3:47

The decision to release a single for "Let It Go", was made after the song was written and was presented to Disney. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez selected American singer Demi Lovato to cover the song on the soundtrack album. Anderson-Lopez admitted that Lovato was chosen because of the singer's own personal struggles; "She had a past that she's pretty open about that is similar to Elsa's journey of letting a dark past and fear behind and moving forward with your power." Lovato indeed identified herself with the song's context, stating "It's so relatable. Elsa is finding her identity; she's growing into who she is and she's finally accepting her own strength and magical powers. Instead of hiding it, like she is done all her life, she's letting it go and embracing it."

Lovato's cover version was released as a single by Walt Disney Records, on October 21, 2013.

Other Versions

Performer(s) Title Translation Language
Antonela Cekixhi "Lëre Po" "Yes, Leave it" Albanian (TV Dub)
نسمة محجوب (Nesma Mahjoub) "أطلقي سركِ" (Atlequi Seraki) "Let Out Your Secret" Arabic
Taryn Szpilman "Livre Estou" "I'm Free" Brazilian Portuguese
Надежда Панайотова
(Nadezhda Panayotova)
"Слагам край" (Slagam kray) "I'm Putting an End" Bulgarian
白珍寶 (Jobelle Ubalde) "冰心鎖" (Bing sam soh) "Ice Heart Lock" Cantonese
Gisela Lladó (movie)
Martina Stoessel (credits)
"¡Suéltalo!" (movie)
"¡Libre Soy!" (credits)
"Drop it!"
"Free I Am"
Castilian Spanish
Gisela Lladó "Vol volar" "It Wants To Fly" Catalan
Nataša Mirković "Puštam sve" "I'm Letting Everything Go" Croatian
Monika Absolonová "Najednou" "Suddenly" Czech
Maria Lucia Heiberg Rosenberg "Lad Det Ske" "Let It Happen" Danish
Willemijn Verkaik "Laat Het Gaan" "Let It Go" Dutch
Hanna-Liina Võsa "Olgu Nii" "Let It Be" Estonian
Katja Sirkiä "Taakse Jää" "It's Left Behind" Finnish
Elke Buyle "Laat Het Los" "Let It Go" Flemish
Anaïs Delva "Libérée, Délivrée" "Freed, Released" French
Willemijn Verkaik "Lass Jetzt Los" "Let Go Now" German
Σία Κοσκινά (Sía Koskiná) "Και ξεχνώ" (Ta Xechno) "And I Forget" Greek
प्रिया वेद यूला (Priyā Vēdūlā) "जाने दो" (Janne Do) "Drop It" Hindi ( Unofficial version )
מונה מור (Mona Mor) "לעזוב" (La'azov) "To Let Go" Hebrew
Nikolett Füredi "Legyen hó" "Let There Be Snow" Hungarian
Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir "Þetta er nóg" "This Is Enough" Icelandic
Serena Autieri (movie)
Martina Stoessel (credits)
"All'alba sorgerò" "I Will Rise at the Dawn" Italian
松 たか子 (Takako Matsu) (movie)
May J. (credits)
"ありのままで" (Ari no Mama de) "As I Am" Japanese
박혜나 (Hye-Na Park) (movie)
효린 (Hyolyn) (credits)
"다 잊어" (movie)
"Let It Go" (credits)
"Forget Everything" (movie)
"Let It Go" (credits)
Korean
Carmen Sarahi (movie)
Martina Stoessel (credits)
"Libre Soy" "I'm Free" Latin American Spanish
Jolanta Strikaite 'Lai nu snieg' 'Let it go snow' Latvian
Girmantė Vaitkutė "Tebūnie" "Let It Be" Lithuanian
Marsha Milan Londoh "Bebaskan" "Set It Free" Malay
胡维纳 (Weina Hu) (movie)
姚贝娜 (Yao Beina) (credits)
"随它吧" (Suí tā ba) "Let It Be" Mandarin
Lisa Stokke "La Den Gå" "Let It Go" Norwegian
آرزو آفری (Arezoo Afari) "رها کن" (Raha kon) "Release" Persian
Katarzyna Łaska "Mam tę moc" "I Have This Power" Polish
Ana Margarida Encarnação "Já Passou" "It Has Passed" Portuguese
Dalma Kovacs "S-a întâmplat" "It Happened" Romanian
Анна Бутурлина
(Anna Buturlina) (movie)
Юлия Довганишина
(Yuliya Dovganishina) (credits)
"Отпусти и забудь" (Otpusti i zabud') "Let Go and Forget" Russian
Јелена Гавриловић
(Jelena Gavrilović)
"Сад је крај" (Sad je kraj) "Now It's the End" Serbian
Andrea Somorovská "Von to dám" "I'll Release It" Slovak
Nuška Drašček Rojko "Zaživim" "I Come to Live" Slovene
Annika Herlitz "Slå Dig Fri" "Free Yourself" Swedish
Dikky An "Bumitaw" "Let Go Tagalog ( Unoffcial version )
林芯儀 (Xīn Yí Lín; Shennio Lin) "放開手" (Fàng kāi shǒu) "Let Go Taiwanese Mandarin
วิชญาณี เปียกลิ่น
(Wichayanee Pearklin; Gam)
"ปล่อยมันไป" (Ploi Man Pai) "Let It Go" Thai
Begüm Günceler "Aldırma" "Don't Mind It" Turkish
Шаніс (Shanis) "Все одно" (Vse odno) "Doesn't Matter" Ukrainian
Dương Hoàng Yến "Hãy bước đi" "Step Ahead" Vietnamese
Võ/ Vũ Huyền Chi "Let it go" "Let it go" Vietnamese TV

Critical reception

"Let It Go" received universal acclaim from film critics, music critics, and audiences, with some comparing it favorably to "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked (also performed by Menzel). The Rochester City Newspaper called it the best song of the film's soundtrack, writing; "Performed with belty gusto by Idina Menzel, it's got every element needed to be a lasting favorite...Menzel should be credited for providing as much power and passion to this performance as she did in her most famous role." Entertainment Weekly's Marc Snetiker described the song as "an incredible anthem of liberation". The song earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song, but however lost to U2's "Ordinary Love" from Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom. The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards, where it was performed by Menzel.

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Trivia

  • "Let It Go" is the first solo song sung by a Disney Princess who is the deuteragonist of the film.
  • The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, being the first one from a Walt Disney Animation Studios-produced film in 14 years to win it. The previous song was "You'll Be In My Heart" from Tarzan.
  • The shot where Elsa first releases her hair down creating the braid was nearly impossible to do. The animators had to phase Elsa's braid through her arm to keep the animation model from breaking. You can hardly see it because the camera angle hides the "trick" in the half-a-second moment it happens and your attention is drawn to other places.
  • Elsa sings "You'll never see me cry", yet at the end of the movie she cries heavily when Anna is frozen.
    • However, it should be noted that when Elsa sang the line, she meant she won't cry because she's out alone; she's happy, she at last can be herself, by herself.
  • Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa, played Elphaba in the original Broadway cast of Wicked while Willemijn Verkaik, the Dutch and German singer of "Let It Go", played the role in the German, Dutch and British production. Also, The singing voice of Elsa in Korea, Hye Na Park plays the role of Elphaba in The Korean production.
  • A line from "Let It Go" was originally written, "Couldn't keep it in, God knows I tried." The songwriters were ultimately not allowed to use the name of the Lord in that context, hence the switch to "Heaven knows I tried."
  • As mentioned above several times, since Elsa was originally going to be a villain, "Let It Go" was originally intended to be a villain song. If one listens very closely, one can hear subtle clues in the song's lyrics that potentially hint at Queen Elsa heel-turning, and was originally going to be sung in a mocking tone which becomes more demented as the song progresses to enforce this, but at the same time the song also defeats the purpose of making Elsa a villain.
  • At the beginning of the song when Elsa is upset, snow starts falling symbolizing her uncontrol of her powers, but after she realizes she's free and becomes happy, the snow stops falling, showing complete control of her powers.
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Start a Discussion Discussions about Let It Go

  • 2nd best frozen song?

    19 messages
    • QuasimodoBellringer wrote:Raindeer are Better than People! reindeersremix is the bomb tho ;)
    • It's hilarious when you listen to it. :)
  • A Theory of "Let it Go"'s popularity

    8 messages
    • Blaze.andrews wrote: I strongly agree! Not to mention that every song in Frozen and the movie itself has a lot of great life lessons beh...
    • FrozenFractals wrote: Agreed! Every time I feel myself getting angry about something, I just tell myself "Let it Go" and it works! :) Ji...

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