Meaning of “Let You Down” by NF

Let You Down is a hip hop song performed by American hip hop artist NF. The lyrics of the song are mainly about NF’s relationship with his father and how he feels bad about disappointing him. NF, whose real name is Nathan John Feuerstein, was raised by his father after his parents divorced and his mother died of a drug overdose in 2009.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for NF's Let You Down at

Let You Down by NF

Facts about “Let You Down”

  • The song was written entirely by NF and produced by T. Profitt and D. Garcia.
  • Prior to releasing the song, NF had never spoken publicly about the relationship between he and his father.
  • The video of the song, which came out on November 9, 2017, was co-directed and co-produced by NF.
  • Let You Down was released on October 3, 2017 as the third single from NF’s third studio album Perception, which was the first album of his career to reach the No. 1 spot on the US Billboard 200.


18 Responses

  1. notaperson says:

    i wanted to see what other people think. as a teenager with depression, this song is me in a nutshell. seems i was right about the meaning

  2. Sapphire Hope Dison says:

    this song means quite a lot to me due to the fact that I never had my father, and I felt like I had completely disappointed my mother when I was going through my severe depression. this song says my every word I wish to say to my mother.

  3. Zhamaya Tate says:

    I mean…I always had everything with my parents its like idk why I’m depressed, I always felt if I spoke out about it ppl would view me as a asshole…..just songs in general is like talking to somebody…and they care

    • Anonymous says:

      Your depression is yours. You do not need a messed up childhood to be depressed. It’s a mental illness. You are allowed to feel the way you feel without someone else judging it. <3

  4. Anonymous says:

    to me i’ve lived with my dad literally my whole life and to be honest i have really bad depression and this songs hits me hard because this is how i feel towards my dad but i cant tell him how i feel but when i first heard this i just new it was family and depression problem

  5. Anonymous says:

    I never grew up with my blood father but I do have my sister’s dad who has always been there for me and this song hits me in a different way. A way that is directed towards my mom. After things happened if I brought up depression I was told I’m being dramatic and have no reason to have depression or social anxiety.

  6. anonymous says:

    this song just hit hard because i have been suffering with depression for 7 years and i try to tell my mom but she just blows me off and i never new and still don’t know my dad he walked out before i was born and this song says the things that i wish my mom could hear but i’m to afraid to tell her because i think she’s just going to blow me off just like every other time

    • Anonymous says:

      i’m so sorry you have to deal with that with your mom, I hope things get better soon for you or if they are better, that’s good to hear. have you tried therapy? i know it’s not for everyone, but i had therapy and it helped really well. NF is a literal life-saver and I hope he releases a new album soon, that would be the best thing ever!

  7. Animaster says:

    I know what it’s like to have depression and anxiety because I have them. Most of the time, when people look at me, they can’t really see it because I’ve been trying to hide it for so long. I’ve always felt like I needed to deal with it on my own, and that no one else could help me with it. But, no matter what, you are never alone in your battle against depression. People everywhere are fighting the good fight with you, you just don’t know it. Always ask for help when you feel scared, you never know who could be listening.

  8. Scarlet is unknown mood rn says:

    I feel like this all the time and I have some trauma but still, it hurts how parents and family members know. Wouldn’t they know the mood changes we have or just pretend they know?

  9. Hayden says:

    honestly this song effects me in a bunch of ways instead of me disappointing my parents i feel bad about disappointing everyone especially my girlfriend.

  10. Disappointed says:

    I honestly feel like I’ve really disappointed my dad because i never gave back what he deserved. Now im just disappointed in myself fir not being able to give him happiness

  11. Lexi says:

    I’m a 12-year-old girl and I have really bad depression…. when I first heard this song, it helped me a bit. I still have depression because I feel like I was the reason that my mom left me when I was a kid… I have been suffering from depression for about 8 or 9 years now… Everyone just jokes around with me saying that I’m just faking my depression… I think my reason for being depressed is being called a whore, sl-t, bi-ch, mistake, monster, freak, psycho, and disappointment… The one person that I feel the most comfortable with is my boyfriend, but he lives in Texas and we don’t talk a lot anymore…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Everyone lets me down because now boy likes me and I love him but he doesn’t.

  13. lm says:

    this song is just so powerfull

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