You Won't Let Go

Album: Sovereign (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This song was co-written by Seth Moseley, the lead vocalist of Christian rock band Me in Motion. Moseley also co-penned another of Sovereign's tracks, "Miracle." Michael recalled to us: "We were working on another song called 'Miracle,' which is Cut No. 3 on the album. And just before I left, I said, 'Hey, you got anything? You're a writer. You got anything on your computer?' And he pulled up this track , which is 'You Won't Let Go,' and he did that melody and I sort of pulled this acoustic guitar off it, off his wall and Seth and just started writing this melody on the guitar over that track."

    "And then I ended up writing the thing in 10 minutes or whatever, and I looked at him. I said, 'Bro'" I said, 'I think we have something here.'"
  • The lyrics were inspired by Romans 8 v 35, where the Apostle Paul writes:

    "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."

    Michael told us when he started to write the song with Seth, the only words he had was a bridge, ("nothing can separate us, nothing can separate us"). "I just knew that the song needed to be about that Romans passage in the scripture that said, Nothing can separate us from the love of God,'" he added. So the pair ended up writing the song around that scripture verse.
  • Michael writes most of his songs on the piano but in this instance he penned it on a guitar. He told us: "I actually like to write on the guitar. I'm not as versatile as I am on the piano, but sometimes having an instrument that you don't know all these chords, sometimes it sort of forces you to be simple and to not be so complicated. And it sort of throws me into another corner, which sometimes is not very comfortable."

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