What the Disney “Frozen” song “Let It Go” means to me


The success of Idina Menzel’s version of the song “Let It Go” from Disney’s animated movie “Frozen” really didn’t surprise me at all. The first time I heard the song (the opening weekend of the movie), I fell in love. I have the soundtrack and like a lot of the songs, but “Let It Go” is just special. Some have claimed the song and movie are about homosexuality and the fight for LGBT acceptance. I don’t agree, although I can see how the song would be a great coming out song. In my opinion, the song could apply to a great many ways that we hide our ‘true’ selves for fear of rejection or hurt. So, although I am going to share the lyrics that really speak to me and why, do not feel like my connection to the song has to be yours.

  • “A kingdom of isolation, and it looks like I’m the queen.” – To me, this is about loneliness. I relate because I have often felt like I lived in isolation. Growing up with undiagnosed autism I often felt like I was somewhere off on the moon or in a world of my own. I wanted to include others. I wanted connection, but I was either afraid or didn’t know how to get it. I had friends, but even those relationships sometimes confounded me and left me utterly confused and alone. I’ve grown up and learned a lot, but it still isn’t easy to make connections with others at the level I would like to.
  • “The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside, couldn’t keep it in, heaven knows I tried.” – Who among us hasn’t felt overwhelmed by our emotions? It is human to sometimes feel crippled by fear, saddened by tragedy and betrayal, angry about injustice or like we have to claw our way up from the depths of despair. Often I have just wanted to scream because of all the hurt, rage, sadness and unfairness in this world.
  • “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.” – To me this has definite religious affiliations. At times in my life I felt like I had to hide my true self to get approval and love from friends, family and the church. I had to pretend to be a “good girl” who never questions anything and believes blindly what I am told. I still feel like many wish I would just shut up and believe what they tell me is true, but I just can’t do that anymore.
  • “Well, now they know…” – Thank God! They know! I can be myself!
  • “Let it go, let it go. Can’t hold it back anymore. Let it go, let it go. Turn away and slam the door.” – Just keep going. Follow what in your heart you know is right. It is ok if not everyone understands or likes you. Sometimes you may have to burn bridges to the past in order to find new places to grow.
  • “I don’t care what they’re going to say…” – Ok, maybe I still care a little (after all I am still human), but I won’t let it rule me.
  • “It’s funny how some distance, makes everything seem small. And the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all.” – Wow…so THIS is freedom. I can think what I want. I can do what I want. I can love who I want. I can finally get out from under all these rules and dogmas that had me confused and scared. I can get out there and actually help this world!
  • “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.” – Ok, there is still right and wrong, but I don’t have to take the word of other humans about what it is. I can find a place in this world where I really fit in and my talents can be used for good.
  • “I am one with the wind and sky. Let it go, let it go. You’ll never see me cry.” – I’m going to forgive those who hurt me, even if they don’t know or care that they did. I’m not going to live in bondage to anger and pain.
  • “Here I stand, and here I’ll stay. Let the storm rage on.” – I’ve made my decision. I’ve taken a stance for what I believe. I may face criticism, anger, mockery or even hate, but that is ok. Everyone who ever made a difference faced those things.
  • “I’m never going back, the past is in the past.” – Sometimes I get sad. Sometimes I miss the people who turned their backs on me. Sometimes I wish things could have been different, but I can’t go back. I can only go forward.
  • “Here I stand. In the light of day. Let the storm rage on…the cold never bothered me anyway.” – Hopefully I will inspire others to be true to themselves. To think about and evaluate their priorities and values. So yeah, the rejection may make me feel cold and alone at times, but compared to what I have gained…that is ok.

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39 responses to “What the Disney “Frozen” song “Let It Go” means to me”

  1. Thank you for sharing. on so many levels this could have been written by me. I swear, sometimes I think you are living in my brain with some of the things you blog!

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  2. I’ve read “be yourself” in a number of posts, and I understand since I’ve had to struggle with that in the past. It’s good for anyone to be more themselves, but it’s especially important for writers.


  3. I love this post! I have had similar thoughts about this song. I really appreciate that you broke it down line by line to give your interpretation. This post makes me want to revisit it the song I currently consider to be my personal anthem these days, and put more thought into why I’ve adopted that song as my anthem. Thank you for your inspiring post.

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  4. Wow! I heard this song a lot. I have 2 granddaughters and at the time I was teaching first grade. Sometimes I thought there was no escaping it. I really like, however, how you broke it down and really gave it meaning that was personal to you and probably to many others. I think we all have this outer persona for the world, and we are better off if we can just be ourselves, not judging and not being judged.

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    • Aw, thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on my post! I’m glad you liked it! I did almost get a little tired of the song back when it was popular too, it got played to death, but the lyrics still mean a lot to me.

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  5. I have not heard the full song, only in passing amid screams of children in the back seat of a soccer mom passing by in traffic. I think she really wanted to let it all go too! I will have to get the soundtrack. Your insight is astute in how it applies to you. I’m still working on the letting it go part – I slammed the door a long time ago. It’s been slow in the reopening but it’s getting there. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Great interpretation, though I wouldn’t downplay the “no right, no wrong, no rules for me” part. In the context of the movie, this is not Elsa’s triumph. She finds herself, yes, but at the expense of her relationships. She over-corrects from being controlled to being self-righteous, and it takes her family (Anna) to bring her back into balance. When the movie ends, she’s gone back (despite singing “I’m never going back”), and she finds a way to be herself AND maintain the relationships with her family and community. (The real world is not so clean, but it’s interesting that they consider this the actual happy ending.)

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  7. I can relate to where you are. We can be such slaves to other people’s opinions, but the only opinion that matters is God’s. (This is why I’m “seeking divine perspective. 😉 )
    I love what you said about forgiveness, and the possibility that others don’t even know they’ve hurt you. What gives me peace is considering that if people hurt me on purpose, why would I want to give them the satisfaction of seeing me mad and miserable? And if they didn’t hurt me on purpose, there’s really nothing to forgive. Bingo, I’m free. 🙂

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  8. Hi! I haven’t seen the movie but the few snippets & trailers I did catch gave me the impression it was about feminism in a general way. That LGBTQ rights will come into it is only rational.

    Btw, we started an exchange of ATCs. My email is proartist8@gmail.com. send me a line with your postal address please?

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