Song Lyric Sunday | “Can’t Let Go” – Mariah Carey

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The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “let go.”

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I’ve always been a Mariah Carey fan, more so Old Mariah than New Mariah. Old Mariah belted out amazing songs like Vision of love, Don’t Forget About Us, Fantasy, and Without You. New Mariah tries to add a hip hop element to her music… and she doesn’t have that type of voice–or at least it doesn’t work for me.  But all of her pre-2000 music and a few of her 2000-2010 songs remain in rotation on my regular playlists.

With her first five American singles reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, one of my favorite Mariah Carey songs, 1991’s  Can’t Let Go, ended the streak when it reached number two. It’s not that the song wasn’t doing well–quite the opposite–but the record company took the single off from sales before it could reach number 1, in an attempt to boost sales of EmotionsStupid record company! The song did top the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks, where it became Carey’s fourth number one single; the next single Make It Happen would break that streak. Can’t Let Go ranked 20th on the 1992 Hot 100 year-end charts.

Enjoy!

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Can’t Let Go

by Mariah Carey

Written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff

[Verse 1]
There you are, holding her hand
I am lost, dying to understand
Didn’t I cherish you right?
Don’t you know you were my life?

[Chorus]
Even though I try, I can’t let go
Something in your eyes captured my soul
And every night I see you in my dreams
You’re all I know, I can’t let go

[Verse 2]
Just cast aside, you don’t even know I’m alive
You just walk on by, don’t care to see me cry
And here I am, still holding on
I can’t accept my world is gone, no, no

[Chorus]
Even though I try, I can’t let go
‘Cause something in your eyes captured my soul
And every night I see you in my dreams
You’re all I know, I can’t let go

[Bridge]
Do you even realize the sorrow I have inside
Every day of my life?
Do you know the way it feels when all you have just dies?
I try and try to deny that I need you
But still you remain on my mind

[Chorus]
Even though I try, I can’t let go
(No, I just can’t get you out of my mind)
Something in your eyes captured my soul
(I never can say goodbye)
‘Cause every night I see you in my dreams
You’re all I know, I can’t let you go
Even though I try I can’t let go
Something in your eyes captured my soul
(Of something that I need so badly)
Every night I see you in my dreams
You’re all I know, I can’t let go

 

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Google.

4 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Can’t Let Go” – Mariah Carey

  1. I was never a huge Mariah Carey fan, but I do appreciate the power in her voice. I remember listening to this one in the 90’s as well. It’s strange to think about how long ago that actually was. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

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