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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 abandons her kingdom soon after her ice powers are discovered by the public. Realizing that she no longer needs to hide her abilities anymore, Elsa declares herself free from the obstacles that she has faced. The song won the award for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards.

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.

Cover version

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. Lovato 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's done all her life, she's letting it go and embracing it."

Live Performances

Let It Go was a part of the setlist for the Neon Lights Tour and the DEMI World Tour. She also performed the song at the Royal Variety Performance in 2014.

Demi Lovato "Let It Go" Performance at Neon Lights Tour San Jose03:58

Demi Lovato "Let It Go" Performance at Neon Lights Tour San Jose



Lyrics

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 the 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 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 yeah,
Let it go
Let it go
The cold never bothered me anyway, yeah,
Yeah yeah yeah, oh, whoa

Let it go
Yeah yeah
Na na
Here I stand, ooh,
Ooh, let it go
Let it go, ooh,
Ooh,
Ooh, let it go

Music video

The music video was released on November 1, 2013, and was directed by Declan Whitebloom.

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

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

Charts

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 25
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 15
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 31
Ireland (IRMA) 34
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 13
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 42
US Billboard Hot 100 38

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