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|written = [[Lana Del Rey]]<br>[[Steven Mertens]]
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|written = [[Lana Del Rey]]<br>Unknown
|producer = Steven Mertens
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|producer = Unknown
 
|recorded = 2010
 
|recorded = 2010
|time = 4:08<br><small>(See [[#Official versions|official versions]])</small>
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"'''Never Let Me Go'''" (also known as "'''Like Your Friends Did'''") is an unreleased song by [[Lana Del Rey]]. It was recorded in 2010 and co-written and produced by [[Steven Mertens]]. The song leaked on May 18, 2012 and was registered on ASCAP ACE Repertory in March of 2017.<ref>ASCAP IPI: 579892274</ref>
 
   
==Background and composition==
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'''Never Let Me Go''' is an unreleased song by [[Lana Del Rey]]. It was recorded in 2010 and leaked on May 18, 2012. The producer of the song is remains unknown and it is not registered on any major service.
A soft rock ballad, "Never Let Me Go" runs at a length of 4 minutes and 8 seconds, set in the key of A major with a tempo of approximately 70 beats per minute. It features a four-on-the-floor drum beat which is referenced lyrically, a shimmering electric lead guitar accompanied throughout by a strumming acoustic guitar, strings, soft vocal harmonies and piano. The track has influences of surf rock and pop and is musically similar to songs such as "[[On Our Way (song)|On Our Way]]" and "[[Hawaiian Tropic (song)|Hawaiian Tropic]]". The song tells a story of Del Rey asking a drug dealer and musician she is romantically involved with to stay with her as she follows her aspirations of a music career.
 
 
A conceptual demo of Del Rey composing the song in-studio leaked on July 7, 2016, and revealed the first verse of the song was conceived while Del Rey improvised over the song "Strings of Nashville" by Pavement, a Californian indie rock band.
 
   
 
==Cross-references==
 
==Cross-references==
*Reference to ''Sid and Nancy'', a biopic portraying the relationship of Sid and his girlfriend Nancy.
 
*Del Rey references a quote from ''Scarface'';'' ''references to this film can also be found in "[[Live or Die (song)|Live or Die]]", "[[Playground (song)|Playground]]" and the [[Scarface (song)|titular song]].
 
*The phrase "live fast, die young" also appears in "[[Driving in Cars with Boys (song)|Driving in Cars with Boys]]" and in the "[[Ride (song)|Ride]]" music video monologue.
 
*The phrase "the world is ours" was a potential title of Del Rey's first major-label studio album, now known as [[Born to Die (album)|''Born to Die'']].<ref>[http://www.flushthefashion.com/music/lana-del-rey-hollywood-sadcore/ (2011). "LANA DEL REY INTERVIEW – HOLLYWOOD SADCORE". ''Flush Magazine''. [Access date: July 9, 2016<nowiki>]</nowiki>]</ref>
 
*References to a "game being played" are present in "[[Noir (song)|Noir]]", "[[Serial Killer (song)|Serial Killer]]", "[[Betty Boop Boop (song)|Betty Boop Boop]]" and "[[Guns and Roses (song)|Guns and Roses]]".
 
*To be "born bad" is also referenced in "[[So Legit (song)|So Legit]]" and "[[Kinda Outta Luck (song)|Kinda Outta Luck]]".
 
*Del Rey uses the phrase "kid" in "[[Ultraviolence (song)|Ultraviolence]]", "[[Old Money (song)|Old Money]]" and "[[Love (song)|Love]]".
 
   
== Official versions ==
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*The song references ''Sid and Nancy'', a film portraying the relationship of Sid Vicious and his girlfriend. Another reference to ''Sid and Nancy'' is found in ''[[Backfire (song)|Backfire]]''
* Studio version — 4:08
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* Concept demo 1:12
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*It contains a quote from the movie ''Scarface'', which the song ''[[Scarface (song)|Scarface]] is presumably about
   
 
==Lyrics==
 
==Lyrics==
 
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(Mm-mm, mm-mm)
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Mm-mm, mm-mm.
   
Hold me in your arms, love me like your best friends did
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Hold me in your arms,
Promise I won't hurt you, kid
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Love me like your best friends did.
Hold me really tight until the stars look big
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Promise I won’t hurt you, kid.
Never let me go
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Hold me really tight,
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Until the stars look big,
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Never let me go.
   
All the world is ours, like they say in Scarface, kid
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All the world is ours,
You can push your drugs and I can make it big
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Like they say in Scarface, kid.
Sing at CBGB's, have a real good gig
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You can push your drugs,
Hey, you never know
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And I can make it big,
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Singing CB Geebies,
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Have a real good gig,
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Hey you never know.
   
'Cause, baby, we were born to live fast and die young
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'Cause baby we were,
Born to be bad, have fun
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Born to live fast and die young,
Honey, you and me can be one
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Born to be bad, have fun,
Just believe, come on
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Honey, you and me can be one,
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Just believe, come on.
   
If you love me hardcore, then don't walk away
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If you love me hardcore,
It's a game, boy, I don't wanna play
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Then don’t walk away.
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
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It’s a game boy,
Never let me go
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I don’t wanna play.
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I just wanna be yours,
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Like I always say,
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Never let me go.
   
Boy, we're in a world war, let's go all the way
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Boy, we’re in a world war,
Play your four to the floor, really walk away
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Let’s go all the way.
Tell me that you need me more and more every day
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Play your foot of the floor,
Never let me go
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Really walk away.
Just stay
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Tell me that you need me more,
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And more everyday,
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Never let me go, just stay.
   
We gonna go far, I can already taste it, kid
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We gonna go far,
LA's gonna look real good
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I can already taste it, kid,
Drive me in your car until the sky gets big
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LA's gonna look real good,
Never let me go
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Drive me in your car,
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Until the sky gets big,
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Never let me go.
   
Send me to the stars, tell me when I get there, kid
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Send me to the stars,
I can be your Nancy, you can be my Sid
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Tell me when I get there, kid.
Get into some trouble like our parents did
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I can be your Nancy,
Hey, they'll never know
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You can be my Sid.
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Get into some trouble,
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Like our parents did,
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Hey, they’ll never know.
   
'Cause, baby, we were born to be bad, move on
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'Cause baby we were,
Built to go fast, stay strong
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Born to be bad, move on.
Honey, you and me and no one
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Built to go fast, stay strong,
Just believe, come on
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Honey, you and me and no one,
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Just believe, come on.
   
If you love me hardcore, then don't walk away
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If you love me hardcore,
It's a game, boy, I don't wanna play
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Then don’t walk away.
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
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It’s a game boy,
Never let me go
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I don’t wanna play.
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I just wanna be yours,
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Like I always say,
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Never let me go.
   
Boy, we're in a world war, let's go all the way
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Boy, we’re in a world war,
Play your four to the floor, really walk away
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Let’s go all the way.
Tell me that you need me more and more every day
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Play your foot of the floor,
Never let me go
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Really walk away.
Just stay
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Tell me that you need me more,
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And more everyday,
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Never let me go, just stay.
   
I remember when I saw you for the first time
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I remember when I saw you,
You were laughin', sparklin' like a new dime
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For the first time,
I came over, "Hello, can you be mine?"
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You were laughing,
Can you be mine?
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Sparking like a new dime.
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I came over,
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“Hello, can you be mine?”
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Can you be mine,
 
Can you be mine?
 
Can you be mine?
   
If you love me hardcore, then don't walk away
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If you love me hardcore,
It's a game, boy, I don't wanna play
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Then don’t walk away.
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
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It’s a game boy,
Never let me go
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I don’t wanna play.
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I just wanna be yours,
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Like I always say,
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Never let me go.
   
Baby, it's a sweet life, sing it like song
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Baby it’s a sweet life,
It's a short trip, only getting one
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Sing it like song.
You can count on me, my love, more than anyone
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It’s a short trip,
Never let me go
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Only getting one.
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You can count on my love,
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More than anyone,
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Never let me go.
   
If you love me hardcore, then don't walk away
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If you love me hardcore,
It's a game, boy, I don't wanna play
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Then don’t walk away.
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
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It’s a game boy,
Never let me go
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I don’t wanna play.
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I just wanna be yours,
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Like I always say,
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Never let me go.
   
Boy, we're in a world war, let's go all the way
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Boy, we’re in a world war,
Play your four to the floor, really walk away
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Let’s go all the way.
Tell me that you need me more and more every day
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Play your foot of the floor,
Never let me go
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Really walk away.
Just stay
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Tell me that you need me more,
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And more everyday,
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Never let me go, just stay.
 
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==References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
 
[[Category:Songs]]
 
[[Category:Songs]]
 
[[Category:Unreleased songs]]
 
[[Category:Unreleased songs]]
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