Let It Die (song)

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"Let It Die"
Single by Foo Fighters
from the album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Released June 24, 2008
Format Digital download
Recorded March–June 2007
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock
Length 4:05
Label Roswell/RCA
Writer(s) Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel and Chris Shiflett
Producer(s) Gil Norton
Foo Fighters singles chronology
"Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make Up Is Running)"
"Let It Die"

"Let It Die" is the fourth single from the Foo Fighters' sixth album, Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. It was only released as a promotional single in 2007 and no physical retail single was released. It was, however, available commercially as a digital downloadable single.[1]

Track listing[edit]

The single has currently only been released as an iTunes exclusive digital download, listed as a digital EP. All songs by Foo Fighters, except where noted.

  1. "Let It Die" – 4:05
  2. "Keep the Car Running" (Arcade Fire cover) – 3:25
  3. "If Ever" – 4:14
  4. "Come Alive" (demo version) – 5:30


The song's meaning was hinted in a Canadian Television interview. It was mentioned that it was about personal fights between people, and those people breaking apart, and that the fights are meaningless overall.[2] Further speculation leads to Grohl's forbearance between Courtney Love, and Kurt Cobain (Grohl's former bandmate from Nirvana and Love's husband)'s relationship, drug use, and financial arrangements. Grohl indirectly admitted to the song being about Courtney Love in an interview in 2007.[3]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 58
US Billboard Hot Singles Sales[5] 3
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[6] 6
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[7] 85
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[9] 5
Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)[10] 11
Preceded by
"Pork and Beans" by Weezer
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
August 2–23, 2008
Succeeded by
"Viva la Vida" by Coldplay


  1. ^ "Foo Fighters - Let It Die at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ YouTube (February 21, 2008). "Dave Grohl talks about Kurt Cobain". YouTube. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dave Grohl finally opens up about Courtney Love | News". Nme.Com. September 17, 2007. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Foo Fighters. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  5. ^ "Foo Fighters - Hot Singles Sales search results". billboard.com. Retrieved August 23, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Foo Fighters. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Radio Songs for Foo Fighters. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Foo Fighters. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  9. ^ "Foo Fighters – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Foo Fighters. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  10. ^ "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. September 6, 2008. Archived from the original on September 10, 2008. 

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