Say You Won't Let Go

Thursday, June 22, 2017



Yesterday was a bad time for me. I was at my lowest and darkest point of my mind. I was full of fears and doubt. I was so anxious. I could not help but keep having some bad thoughts, which mostly were related to my significant other. I was dealing so hard with my own trust and distrust issues. But then, I heard this song. And suddenly, I realized that I need to stop for a moment. I needed to take a breath, so I was inhaling while trying to calm myself down. At the moment, I was trying to reminisce all those times I spent with my significant other; not only the bad ones, but also the good ones. I was trying to remember the first time I met him and the feeling I felt at that time. In an instant, I could feel my heart was slowly getting warm. I remember every moment and every conversation we have shared together; it feels heartwarming. I take a look at where we are now and what we have been through together right until this moment; it feels heartfelt. I understand what we are fighting for and I am being reminded once again why we are together. Yes, this is the feeling. This is the one.

I knew I loved you then, but you’d never know, ‘cause I played it cool when I was scared of letting go. I knew I needed you, but I never showed, but I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old. Just say you won’t let go.” –James Arthur, Say You Won’t Let Go

The song I am talking about is titled “Say You Won’t Let Go”, performed by British singer-songwriter, James Arthur, the 2012 winner of The X Factor UK. The song was released on September 9th 2016 as a digital download. It was served as the lead single taken from the singer’s second studio album, “Back from the Edge”. The folk R n’ B track was written by Arthur himself along with Neil Ormandy and Steve Solomon. Lyrically, the lyrics follow a man’s love story from the beginning when he was falling in love until the time when he vows his love for his significant other. Listening to this song makes me feel heartwarming and heartfelt at the same time, and yet, I feel some kind of happiness and warmth. This is the kind of song that could trigger our thought to walk down the memory lane, reminisce every single moment we have spent with our significant other, and reflect on the relationship and the process has made us into what we are now.


"Say You Won't Let Go" single cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Have you ever met someone and got the feeling somehow that you are destined to be with that person? I knew that kind of feeling when I met my significant other. Our first meetings and dating were full of silly things to begin with, but that was when I know we are meant to be. “I met you in the dark, you lit me up; you made me feel as though I was enough. We danced the night away, we drank too much; I held your hair back when you were throwing up. Then you smiled over your shoulder, for a minute I was stone-cold sober. I pulled you closer to my chest and you asked me to stay over. I said, I already told you, I think that you should get some rest.” And yes, precious thing always scares the hell out of me. And I knew he is precious since the first time I knew him. And yes, pride and ego always got in the way somehow. “I knew I loved you then, but you’d never know, ‘cause I played it cool when I was scared of letting go. I knew I needed you, but I never showed, but I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old. Just say you won’t let go.”
Have you ever known someone and got the feeling somehow that you would spend the rest of your life with that person? I got that kind of feeling whenever I’m with my significant other. Our love story is full with ups and downs along the way, but that is when I know we are bound to be. “I wake you up with some breakfast in bed, I’ll bring you coffee with a kiss on your head. And I’ll take the kids to school, wave them goodbye, and I’ll thank my lucky stars for that night. When you looked over your shoulder, for a minute I forget that I’m older. I wanna dance with you right now, oh. And you look as beautiful as ever, and I swear that every day you get better. You make me feel this way somehow.” And yes, nothing comes easy for both of us. And I know it is because this is real and rare; this is how we want to grow old together. “I’m so in love with you, and I hope you know, darling, your love is more than worth its weight in gold. We’ve come so far, my dear, look how we’ve grown, and I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old. Just say you won’t let go.”
Have you ever loved someone and got the feeling somehow that you would not need anything else as long as you are with that person? I have that kind of feeling every time in every single day since I fell in love with my significant other. Unlike a recklessly passionate young love, ours is more likely a mature ones, but that is what makes me understand that we are fated to be. “I wanna live with you, even when we’re ghosts, ‘cause you were always there for me when I needed you most. I’m gonna love you ‘til my lungs give out, I promise ‘til death we part like in our vows. So I wrote this song for you, now everybody knows that it’s just you and me until we’re grey and old. Just say you won’t let go.” I believe that our souls are connected. We were connected in the past life. And we will be connected in the next life too. We have grown together in these past years, and I want to grow old together with him in the next years more. And I will not trade that for anything in this world; nothing can compare to our togetherness. I won’t let go; and I hope he won’t let go too.


"Back from the Edge" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Some souls are connected, I believe; from the past life, in the current life, and through the next life. We know it just when we know it. It is some kind of irrational thing that knowledge has not been able to keep up with. We never know when we will meet our connected soul. Some souls meet in the darkest time of theirs, and they give light to each other to shine. Together they grow through what they go through. As much as they feel afraid of losing something they know they hold so dear, they love each other too much to not fight for it. As much as they have fears for letting go of something they know they cherish the most, they care for each other too much to just walk away from it. For some people, it could be so hard to confess the feeling they have inside though they understand how deep they feel for it. But when the soul is connected, they will slowly open up. And people like this, once they open up, they love sincerely; like falling asleep, slowly and then all at once. And for this kind of feeling, people won’t just let go. We won’t just let go.

I’m so in love with you, and I hope you know, darling, your love is more than worth its weight in gold. We’ve come so far, my dear, look how we’ve grown, and I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old. Just say you won’t let go.” –James Arthur, Say You Won’t Let Go




I met you in the dark, you lit me up, you made me feel as though I was enough
We danced the night away, we drank too much, I held your hair back when you were throwing up
Then you smiled over your shoulder, for a minute I was stone-cold sober
I pulled you closer to my chest and you asked me to stay over
I said, I already told you, I think that you should get some rest

I knew I loved you then, but you’d never know, ‘cause I played it cool when I was scared of letting go
I knew I needed you, but I never showed, but I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old
Just say you won’t let go, just say you won’t let go

I wake you up with some breakfast in bed, I’ll bring you coffee with a kiss on your head
And I’ll take the kids to school, wave them goodbye, and I’ll thank my lucky stars for that night
When you looked over your shoulder, for a minute I forget that I’m older
I wanna dance with you right now, oh
And you look as beautiful as ever, and I swear that every day you get better
You make me feel this way somehow

I’m so in love with you, and I hope you know, darling, your love is more than worth its weight in gold
We’ve come so far, my dear, look how we’ve grown, and I wanna stay with you until we’re grey and old
Just say you won’t let go, just say you won’t let go

I wanna live with you, even when we’re ghosts, ‘cause you were always there for me when I needed you most
I’m gonna love you ‘til my lungs give out, I promise ‘til death we part like in our vows
So I wrote this song for you, now everybody knows that it’s just you and me until we’re grey and old
Just say you won’t let go, just say you won’t let go, just say you won’t let go, oh, just say you won’t let go

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