Don't Let Go
Wang Chung Lyrics


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I got your letter
I felt so scared to
Pick up the paper knife and read within
I read the contents
I got what you meant
I know its hard for you but don't give in
Maybe, maybe slow things go fast
Maybe, maybe its all in the past

Chorus:
Oh oh if you need me don't let go - oh
(You know I'll never give up on you)
Oh oh if you need me don't let go - oh
(You know I won't give up on you)
oo oo - oo oo oo - oo
You know I'll never give up on you

I phoned the station
For information
To try and get the times of trains to York
And on the platform
I saw your hatform
A kind of halo in the crowd - crush talk

But baby baby don't run away
Maybe, maybe it's just today

Repeat Chorus

I saw your sad face
You dropped your suitcase
And I appreciate the state you're in
You mustn't hurry
You mustn't worry
I know it's hard on you but don't give in




Maybe, maybe slow things go fast
Maybe, maybe its all in the past

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Wang Chung's song "Don't Let Go" highlight the anxiety and fear felt on receiving a letter with potentially distressing news. The singer feels it might contain bad news, and is hesitant to open it, even resorting to using a paper knife to do so. The contents reveal the sender's struggle, indicating a difficult time for them but still asking the recipient to hold on, not to give in. The song could be seen as a message of encouragement to someone who is going through a hard time, suggesting that even if it is difficult now, things will get better.


The second verse tells us that the singer heads to the station to try and find the recipient of the letter. They see the person’s hat in the crowd and seem to only want to provide comfort and support. At this point, the singer understands that the sender wants to leave as they see the suitcase. But the singer again shares a message of hope saying that maybe things will get better in time.


The catchy, upbeat chorus explicitly states the song's message of support and encouragement to the person going through a tough time. The singer insists that they will not give up on the person and encourages them to hold on by declaring that they will be there for them. These lyrics indicate a deep level of commitment and responsibility that the singer feels towards the sender. The repetition of the lines “if you need me, don’t let go” and “I’ll never give up on you” reinforces the message of the song.


Line by Line Meaning

I got your letter
The singer received a letter.


I felt so scared to
The singer was afraid to open the letter.


Pick up the paper knife and read within
The singer used a knife to open the letter and read its contents.


I read the contents
The artist read the letter's message.


I got what you meant
The artist understood the letter's message.


I know its hard for you but don't give in
The singer is encouraging the recipient to persevere through a difficult situation.


Maybe, maybe slow things go fast
Perhaps taking things slow will help them progress quickly.


Maybe, maybe its all in the past
Maybe whatever happened in the past no longer matters.


Oh oh if you need me don't let go - oh
If the recipient needs the artist, they should not give up on the relationship.


(You know I'll never give up on you)
The artist is assuring the recipient that they will always be there for them.


I phoned the station
The singer called a train station.


For information
The artist was seeking information about train times to York.


To try and get the times of trains to York
The singer wanted to know the schedules of trains to York.


And on the platform
The singer went to the train platform.


I saw your hatform
The singer saw the recipient's hat in the crowd.


A kind of halo in the crowd - crush talk
The recipient's hat stood out in the crowd, possibly causing people to gossip about them.


But baby baby don't run away
The artist wants the recipient to stay and not run away from their problems.


Maybe, maybe it's just today
Perhaps the difficulties they are experiencing are only temporary.


I saw your sad face
The singer saw that the recipient was sad.


You dropped your suitcase
The recipient dropped their suitcase.


And I appreciate the state you're in
The artist understands how the recipient is feeling and empathizes with them.


You mustn't hurry
The recipient does not need to rush or feel pressured.


You mustn't worry
The recipient should not feel anxious or stressed.


Maybe, maybe slow things go fast
Perhaps taking things slow will help them progress quickly.


Maybe, maybe its all in the past
Maybe whatever happened in the past no longer matters.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: JESSE ALBERT STONE

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D R

This song peaked at #38 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on March 17, 1984.

It was Wang Chung's first Top 40 hit in the U.S.

Dom.

And it's miles better than Dance Hall Days. Shame it peaked at #38. Had the makings to be a hit.

sauquoit13456

On this day in 1984 {May 19th} Wang Chung performed "Don't Let Go" on the ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program, 'American Bandstand'...
Nine weeks earlier it had peaked at #38 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Top 100 chart...
And on May 27th, 1984, "Don't Let Go" peaked at #1 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart...
Plus on the same 'Bandstand' show they also performed "Dance Hall Days", at the time it was at #45 on the Top 100, seven weeks later it would peak at #16 {for 1 week}...
Between 1983 and 1989 the London, England band had eight records on the Top 100 chart, two made the Top 10, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" {#2 for one week in December of 1986) and "Let's Go" {#9 for one week in April of 1987}...

Cody Yauger

80's Classic 👍😎🔥

RJMJ

OMG!!!!😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀...I Still Listen & Love!!! This Amazing Song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...Man...I So Miss The 80's!!!...I grew up listening & loving this STILL!!! INCREDIBLE!!! Music!!!....And WANG CHUNG!!!...Everybody Have Fun Tonight!!!...Still Wang-Chung-ing!! & Dance Hall-Days-ing!!!...🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩...

Thomas SHARONIARD

A sharp and seizing track close to another one very sharp and intense '' Wait ''

SPETSNAZ

Amazing

Callum&Maddie1992

Cruising in a stinger listening to this in downtown vice city stories on flash fm

Boshifer (Cuenta Personal)

Flash FM in 1984, with Tony and Teri

Thomas SHARONIARD

Years before live and die in la sharpened album and great perception of music how to compete in the end

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