Letting You Go

Album: Words (2017)
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  • Sara Evans co-wrote this song about her oldest child preparing to leave the nest. The singer penned it with Emily Shackleton and Victoria Banks when her son, 17-year-old Avery, was in his second to last year at high school.

    "We just started talking about how fast it goes, and how sad it is," Evans tearfully recalled to The Boot. "'Oh my gosh, wasn't I just brushing your hair?' The chorus is trying to stay sane, like, I'm not going to overreact: 'Loving you is holding you. Lifting you up and giving you wings.' But then, in the second verse, it's kind of angry - 'Time is a liar' - because I remember people telling me, 'It goes fast. It really does.' And I used to think, 'Yeah yeah.' And it does, because I still think of Avery as my kindergartner."

    "But then we were really determined that we didn't want to leave it on a bad note," she continued. "I'm not angry - but I am, just at life in general. Why does it have to go so fast? Then at the end, we said, 'But you were also born to fly away.' We were like, 'Oh my gosh!' I thought of that."

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