I Can't Let Go

Album: Greatest Hits (1966)
Charted: 2 42
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  • Oh I tried and I tried but I can't say good-bye
    Feel so bad baby
    Oh it hurts me
    When I think of how you love and desert me
    I'm the broken-hearted toy you play with
    You got me goin'
    I need you baby
    I can't let go
    And I want you baby
    I gotta have all your love
    I can't let go
    Though I'm just one of your lovers
    And I know there are so many others
    You do something strange to me baby
    You got me goin'
    I need you baby
    I can't let go
    And I want you baby
    I gotta have all your love
    I can't let go
    Oh I tried and I tried but I can't say good-bye
    I know that it's wrong and I should be so strong
    But the thought of you gone
    Makes me want to hold on
    You got me goin'
    I need you baby
    I can't let go
    And I want you baby
    I gotta have all your love
    I can't let go
    You got me goin'
    I need you baby
    I can't let go
    And I want you baby
    I gotta have all your love
    I can't let go
    I can't let go Writer/s: AL GORGONI, CHIP TAYLOR
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 12

  • Robert from Vancouver Bc CanadaThe lyric in the chorus as sung by the Hollies is 'I gotta have you, you know, I can't let go'. Admittedly it's hard to make out and for years I also thought it was I gotta have your love. But no.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1966 {March 17th} the Hollies "I Can't Let Go" peaked at #2* {for 3 weeks} the the United Kingdom's Official Top 50 Singles chart, the three weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for those three weeks was "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" by the Walker Brothers...
    As noted above, "I Can't Let Go" reached #42 on Billboard's Top 100 chart...
    Between 1963 and 1993 the Manchester, England band had thirty three records on the UK Singles chart, eighteen made the Top 10 with two reaching #1, "I'm Alive" for three non-consecutive weeks in June of 1965 and "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" for two weeks in September of 1988...
    * "I Can't Let Go" was the Hollies' second of four of their records to peak at #2, their three other #2 records were "Just On e Look" {1964}, "Stop Stop Stop" {1966}, and "The Air That I Breathe" {1974}...
    And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the remainder of the UK Singles' Top 10 on March 17th, 1966:
    At #3. "Sha La La La Lee" by the Small Faces
    #4. "Groovy Kind of Love" by the Mindbenders
    #5. "Barbara Ann" by the Beach Boys
    #6. "Shapes of Things" by the Yardbirds
    #7. "Backstage" by Gene Pitney
    #8. "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" by the Kinks
    #9. "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra
    #10. "Make The World Go Away" by Eddy Arnold
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyHappy 68th Birthday to Linda Ronstadt (July 15th, 2014)...
    Half her lifetime ago on July 15th, 1980, on her 34th birthday, she made her stage debut; playing and singing the role of Mabel in 'The Pirates of Penzance' at the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park...
    And on this same day in 1980 she was at #38 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart with a covered version of the Hollies' "I Can't Let Go", eventually it would peak at #31 and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100.
  • Bob from San Gabriel, CaThe original Evie Sands version is available on Rhino Records' "Best of the Girl Groups, Vol. 1" (along with a lot of other great songs). There's also Evie's 21st Century update--a live performance in 2006 with Adam Marsland's Chaos Band in the CD "Long Promised Road". The cut starts out with the distinctive bass line, that the Evie fans in the audience recognize immediately, and Adam introduces the song with "If any other band did this it would be a cover. Before Linda Ronstadt did it, before the Hollies did it, Evie Sands did it! And we think she ought to be able to sing her own song. Don't you?" And there's a big "Yeah!" from the audience (might have even been me) and Evie proceeds to show everyone that others may borrow the song, but she OWNS it!


  • Andoline from Pretoria, South AfricaJust a little point about the so -called cover of " If I Needed Someone"...At the time there were better songs around to record but The Hollies were flattered to be informed that George Harrison was writing a song "Specially For The Hollies"...Only after they've recorded and released it ,they learnt that The Beatles are releasing it too...Mr. Harrison then even went as far as to "bad mouth" The Hollies's version in the press...I prefer The Hollis version...And I love "I can't Let Go"...
  • Zal from Rochester, NyI love the 12-string guitar (probably a Rickenbacker), very reminiscent of the Beatles and Byrds (They covered If I Needed Someone", y'know).
    A real great song, one of the best.
  • Harold from San Bernadino, CaFrancis,NY-------i agree. in fact, i can't really decide which i like better---they're both great versions!
  • Francis from Long Island, NyRondstadt's version was fine all around!!!
    Just as much energy and feeling as The Hollies had with theirs. Just as strong too.
  • Steve from Westlake , Oh'I Can't Let Go' hit #42 in 1966 on the Billboard Charts. Paul McCartney was quoted as saying he thought Nash's 'Baby Plaease' tag on the chorus was a trumpet.
  • Mike from Streamwood, IlThis was the Hollies' best song!
  • Teresa from Mechelen, BelgiumWhen a song is a hit in the UK we also hear it in Belgium, it's a very good one, I love it.
  • Tom from Gloucester Twp., NjSince this song didn't make the US charts, I didn't hear it until I bought "The History of British Rock" LP in the mid-1970s. I love this song. It has a good, rich sound, the harmonies are excellent and the music is even better. A shame it wasn't a hit in the States.
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