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Margaret MacDonald: Music

Letting Go

(Margaret MacDonald)
July 2, 2007
Margaret MacDonald
My son's going off to college this year...I got to thinking about it and wanted to write about how it feels to raise a child and have him leave home. I've been gradually "letting go" for some time, doing my job as a parent should, but I know I'll never let go completely. This song is all about the conflict I feel about his leaving: on one hand, so proud and excited for him, and on the other, sad to see him go.
LETTING GO © MARGARET MACDONALD JUNE 2007
Counting down to zero in my head
Hanging on to you by a thread
You’re ready to fly away
How I’ve been dreading this day

I always knew your time would come around
But saying goodbye to you just brings me down
Your whole life in a suitcase packed
I won’t hold you back

You should know I’m letting go, letting go of your hand
I can see you don’t need me so let go cuz you can

There’s no stopping your train once it leaves the station
A champagne-soaking celebration
I’m trying hard not to cry
But I feel the stinging in my eyes

And when you leave I will not grieve
I’ll find a smile and wear it
You’re everything I hoped you’d be
Go find your trail and blaze it

You should know I’m letting go, letting go of your hand
I can see you don’t need me so let go cuz you can

I know we’ll talk sometimes on the phone
And every now and then you’ll come home
We’ll never cut the ties that bind
But I know you’ve got to leave me behind

You should know I’m letting go, letting go of your hand
I can see you don’t need me so let go cuz you can