Soundtrack of a Castaway – Let It Go

There’s an ironic, bittersweet sadness to “Let it Go”, given its message of freedom, independence and survival in the face of emotional abuse and isolation. Ever since listening to the Frozen soundtrack the first time (of many, considering we have 3 young children who love the film and music!) I was struck by the line in the Demi Levato version (consistent with the intent of the original song, I think) where she sings

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.

The irony lies in the fact that it seems to be in the leaving where the grieving really begins. As wonderful as it was that Elsa found her freedom and independence, it came with a price: she became the Snow Queen. As her hurt and pain raged in the throes of her power, she inadvertently caused the near-death of her dear sister Anna, who became the true hero of the story by loving Elsa in spite of it all. It wasn’t the kiss of a handsome prince that saved the sisters; it was their love for each other.

But Frozen is still a Disney movie. Life doesn’t always work out so neatly. A real shitty aspect of this life is that hurt tends to beget hurt. Curses are passed along generational lines through long-lasting, habitual hurt and each subsequent generation pays a steeper price.  The past might indeed be in the past, but for many of us, it continues to haunt our present. In many ways, the idea that pain makes you stronger is horseshit. As Conan reminded the students of Dartmouth, “it almost kills you”. And for some, it does.

“Let It Go”

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
When 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!
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