Let Me In 

(Rick Springfield/Matt Bissonette)

"Songs for the End of the World" version

I got this picture here inside my head

Of you one morning early you were still asleep in bed

The dog was snoring as I left to catch a plane

And I saw your hair band laying there

I took it with me

 

I remember how you looked in love

Like angels kissed your face

There's nothing you couldn't rise above

You found my hiding place

You turned me to the sun

When you pulled the thread I came undone

I heard you say

 

Let me in

Why don't you let me in

Let me in

Why won't you let me in

 

Now those memories all hold on to me

Like pages from a book I wasn't meant to see

A rock of ages fall to pieces in my hands

As the ring slips off your finger, I run to catch it

And  tonight I'm laying next to you, I hear you breathing

There's so much to say but words are few

Farewell to Eden

Now I'm standing at the gate

I'm on the outside and I'm looking in

Can you hear me

 

Let me in

Why won't you let me in

Let me in

Why won't you let me in

 

I caused the flood but I still let you drown

You're in my blood

God knows I won't back down

Without your love the world won't turn around

 

Let me in

Why won't you let me in

Let me in

Why won't you let me in

 

I don't think the girls in love

I don't think the girls in love

I don't think the girls in love

I don't think the girls in love

I don't think the girls in love

I don't think the girls in love

 

"Rocket Science" version

I got this picture here inside my head

Of you one morning early

You were still asleep in bed

The dog was snoring as I left to catch a plane

I saw your hair band laying there

I took it with me

 

I remember how you looked in love

Like angels touched your face

There�s nothing you couldn�t rise above

You found my hiding place

You turned me to the sun

When you pulled the thread I came undone

I heard you say

 

Let me in

Why don�t you let me in

I begin where you let me in

 

Now those memories all hold on to me

Like pages from a book I wasn�t meant to see

Our rock of ages falls to pieces in my hands

As the ring slips off your finger, I

I run to catch it

And tonight I�m lying next to you

I hear you breathing, there�s so much to say, but words are few

Farewell to Eden

Now I�m standing at the gate

I�m on the outside and I�m looking in

Can you hear me?

 

Let me in

Why won�t you let me in

I touch your skin

Why won�t you let me in

 

I caused a flood, but I still let you drown

You�re in my blood

God knows I won�t back down

Without your love, the world won�t turn around

 

Let me in

Why won�t you let me in

I begin, where you let me in

 

Let me in

Why won�t you let me in

I won�t give in, until you let me in

 

I sure hope this girl�s in love

I sure hope this girl�s in love

I sure hope this girl�s in love

I sure hope this girl�s in love

 

I believe in miracles

I think this is spiritual

 

I sure hope this girl�s in love

I sure hope this girl�s in love

 

Why don�t you let me in

 

According to US

 

Songs for the End of the World version

Here's a great memory I have tied to this song. I'm on a Rick road trip with a couple of friends, and we're driving somewhere in Pennsylvania. It's getting dark, and we've been listening to the Songs for the End of the World CD for a while now. This song comes on, and there's a collective sigh in the vehicle. We listen to Rick sing in silence. (If you�ve met some of the ladies I travel with, silence is rare with our group.) The song ends, and a ...voice says, "Play it again." So we listen, in silence, again. Someone sighs, again. We play it once more. Then again. It's now the only song that's played continuously, until we arrive at our destination.

You get it, right?

I've said it before, and I will probably say it again. I've got it bad for this dude. How can he write a song about doing something so simple as taking a hair band with him on his trip sound like it's my last dying wish? That all I want to do is just curl up somewhere and gosh darn it, let him in? I think if he started performing this one live, there'd be puddles of goo all over the audience. The song ends with, "I don't think the girl's in love." Not sure why that is thrown in there. Huh. He's obviously not talking about me. <looks around>

Michelle P

 

Songs for the End of the World version

Out of all the tracks on "Songs for the End of the World", this song inspires me the most to write a review. There seems to be an air of innocence that plays throughout the song even though the lyrics suggest otherwise. The song is similar to "Our Ship's Sinking" and how he always messes up and lets her drown, but with a different tempo.

You can hear the love he feels when he sings about the picture in his head of her asleep in bed. He takes her hair band as he leaves to catch a plane so that he has a piece of her with him while they are apart. He appears to be reminiscing how she captured his heart and how their relationship gave him the desire to be a better man and how his heart melts when he is with her. He loves her innocence and strength.

He is telling us that there is trouble in the relationship when he says "I remember how you looked in love" and hears her say "why don't you let me in". He loves her so much, but doesn't know how to fully open up to her about his feelings and transgressions and she is feeling left out.

At this point in the relationship, she has been hurt so many times and he feels that he is to blame. He is the one who ate the apple when he says "Farewell to Eden". As the ring slips off her finger and he runs to catch it, he wants the relationship to survive, but the tables have turned, he is now on the outside where she has been for much of the relationship. He is beginning to understand how she feels when he says "let me in" and he isn't used to being on that side of the relationship. He knows that they are meant to be together and wants to work out their problems but feels that she no longer loves him.

We all have had times in our lives when we feel that people don't let us in and love how the song conveys that feeling. "Let Me In" truly touches my heart.

Darla G

 

Rocket Science version

This definitely isn't an upbeat song.  I think

"Let Me In" qualifies as a ballad, but it's a somber love song for sure.  It starts out sounding a bit like a traditional country song.  But we're quickly reminded that Rick Springfield isn't a country artist.  Not that he's pretending to be one.

"Let Me In" is difficult to listen to because it really tugs at my heart.  I can feel the pain and sadness coming through loud and clear.  This song is full of the elements necessary for a great love song, including regret, sorrow, angst, frustration, and of course, love.  This is clearly an extremely personal song.

If you're feeling sad and lonely, this probably isn't the best song to listen to.  But if you're up for it, "Let Me In" is as beautiful as it is melancholy. 

Laurie Bedigian