The Songs We Will Sing.

#65: Let her Go: Passenger: 2012

Michael David Rosenbery: Passenger: taken in Australia 2017

Michael David Rosenberg, who performs under the stage name of Passenger, is British. He was born in Brighton, UK in 1984 to an English mother and American Jewish father. Right now he is touring Australia. See link.

To be honest, I do not know much about this young man, except I remember clearly the first time I heard his song Let her Go. The song was released in July 2012 as a single from Passenger’s third album All the Little Lights and the first time I heard it was about 18 months later at a funeral. The circumstances of that funeral and this song have left a lasting impact on my heart and mind. Everytime I hear it now, even if in the busiest of shopping centres, I am taken back in time and place.

It is an absolutely beautiful song, sung with passion and such abiding truth. I think it must have been one of those songs where lyrics just dropped into the head, and the song was there as it is reported that the song was written in under and hour. I am not sure whether the lyrics are written from experience or observation but either way, they are expressed beautifully, artistically and with heartfelt passion.

There are many things in life that we will never understand and some things are just too heartbreaking to even try and unravel; we just have to accept some things are as they are. There are times when all the love in the world and all the earthly protection we can offer simply cannot shield us from tragedy. While the heartbreak never ends, somehow we have to ‘let go’ enough to continue with life, to still see its beauty and blessing.

If this song speaks to anything, it speaks to the wisdom of loving and living, being grateful, counting our blessings, taking the time to see all that is good and accepting that life comes with all its imperfections. Life can change in an instant and in that instant we can see all the things we simply took for granted but did not take the time to acknowledge, to say thank you, to demonstrate love.

May God, who is close to the brokenhearted, comfort those who mourn.;.

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