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Let It Go
Elsa's song
Composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez

Robert Lopez


Lyrics Robert Lopez

Kristen Anderson-Lopez


Performers Idina Menzel (Elsa the Snow Queen)

Demi Lovato (Credits Version)

Feature Films Frozen


Television Programs Unknown


Video Games Unknown


Albums Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Dconstructed (Armin Van Buuren remix)

Dance Party 2014 (UK) (Demi Lovato version)

Now That's What I Call Music! 88 (UK) (Idina Menzel version)

Now That's What I Call Music! 51 (US) (Idina Menzel version)

Kidz Bop 26 (Idina Menzel version, sung by Kidz Bop Kids)

Pop Party 13 (UK) (Idina Menzel version)

Now That's What I Call Disney (2014 UK re-release) (Idina Menzel version)

Now That's What I Call Musicals (2014 UK re-release) (Idina Menzel version)


Preceded by Unknown


Followed by Unknown


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.

―Demi Lovato

"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 flees her kingdom of Arendelle soon after her ice powers are discovered by the public. Realizing that she no longer needs to hide her powerful abilities anymore, Elsa declares herself free from the stress and fears that she's been faced with since childhood. The lyrics "Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know," were a phrase Elsa's father told her when she was given her gloves for safety as a child, but Elsa soon puts the phrase behind her by saying, "Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know, well now they know!" and finally "letting go" of her icy powers as she reaches the chorus; "Let it go!"

Lyrics to Idina Menzel's Version Edit

Elsa: 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 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!

And 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

Lyrics to Demi Lovato's Version Edit

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 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 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 I 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

Let it go, let it go

The cold never bothered me anyway, oh


Let it go

Yeah, yeah

Na, na

Here I'll stay

Let it go, let it go

Ooh

Let it go

Composition Edit

"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. As a result, the villain role ended up going to Hans.

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.

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