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|producer = Steven Mertens
 
|producer = Steven Mertens
 
|recorded = 2010
 
|recorded = 2010
|time = 4:08<br><small>(See [[#Official versions|official versions]])</small>
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|time = 4:08 (Final version)<br>1:12 (Concept demo)
 
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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>
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"'''Never Let Me Go'''" is an unreleased song by [[Lana Del Rey]]. It was co-written and produced by [[Steven Mertens]]. The song was recorded in 2010 and leaked on May 18, 2012. A conceptual demo leaked on July 7, 2016. The song was registered on the ASCAP ACE Repertory on March, 2017.<ref>ASCAP IPI: 579892274</ref>
   
 
==Background and composition==
 
==Background and composition==
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.
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The song was co-written by Lana Del Rey and Steven Mertens in 2010. A conceptual demo of Del Rey composing the song in-studio leaked July 7, 2016, and reveals the first verse of the song was conceived while Del Rey improvised over the track "Strings of Nashville" by Pavement, a Californian indie rock band.
   
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.
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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 appoximately 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.
   
 
==Cross-references==
 
==Cross-references==
*Reference to ''Sid and Nancy'', a biopic portraying the relationship of Sid and his girlfriend Nancy.
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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]]".
*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]].
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*It contains a quote from the movie ''Scarface'', which the song "[[Scarface (song)|Scarface]]" is presumably about; other references to the film can be found in "[[Live or Die (song)|Live or Die]]" and "[[Playground (song)|Playground]]"
*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.
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*The lyric "live fast, die young" also appears in "[[Driving In Cars With Boys (song)|Driving In Cars With Boys]]".
*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>
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*The lyric "The World is Ours" was considered by Del Rey to be a title for her first major label studio album, later called ''[[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]]".
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*References to a "game" being played are 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 ==
 
* Studio version — 4:08
 
* Concept demo — 1:12
 
   
 
==Lyrics==
 
==Lyrics==
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Hold me in your arms, love me like your best friends did
 
Hold me in your arms, love me like your best friends did
Promise I won't hurt you, kid
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Promise I won’t hurt you, kid
 
Hold me really tight until the stars look big
 
Hold me really tight until the stars look big
 
Never let me go
 
Never let me go
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Just believe, come on
 
Just believe, come on
   
If you love me hardcore, then don't walk away
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If you love me hardcore, then don’t walk away
It's a game, boy, I don't wanna play
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It’s a game, boy, I don’t wanna play
 
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
 
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
 
Never let me go
 
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, let’s go all the way
 
Play your four to the floor, really walk away
 
Play your four to the floor, really walk away
 
Tell me that you need me more and more every day
 
Tell me that you need me more and more every day
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I can be your Nancy, you can be my Sid
 
I can be your Nancy, you can be my Sid
 
Get into some trouble like our parents did
 
Get into some trouble like our parents did
Hey, they'll never know
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Hey, they’ll never know
   
 
'Cause, baby, we were born to be bad, move on
 
'Cause, baby, we were born to be bad, move on
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Just believe, come on
 
Just believe, come on
   
If you love me hardcore, then don't walk away
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If you love me hardcore, then don’t walk away
It's a game, boy, I don't wanna play
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It’s a game, boy, I don’t wanna play
 
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
 
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
 
Never let me go
 
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, let’s go all the way
 
Play your four to the floor, really walk away
 
Play your four to the floor, really walk away
 
Tell me that you need me more and more every day
 
Tell me that you need me more and more every day
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I remember when I saw you for the first time
 
I remember when I saw you for the first time
 
You were laughin', sparklin' like a new dime
 
You were laughin', sparklin' like a new dime
I came over, "Hello, can you be mine?"
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I came over, “Hello, can you be mine?
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, then don’t walk away
It's a game, boy, I don't wanna play
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It’s a game, boy, I don’t wanna play
 
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
 
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
 
Never let me go
 
Never let me go
   
Baby, it's a sweet life, sing it like song
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Baby, it’s a sweet life, sing it like song.
It's a short trip, only getting one
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It’s a short trip, only getting one.
You can count on me, my love, more than anyone
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You can count on me, my love, more than anyone,
Never let me go
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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, then don’t walk away
It's a game, boy, I don't wanna play
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It’s a game, boy, I don’t wanna play
 
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
 
I just wanna be yours, like I always say
 
Never let me go
 
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, let’s go all the way
 
Play your four to the floor, really walk away
 
Play your four to the floor, really walk away
 
Tell me that you need me more and more every day
 
Tell me that you need me more and more every day
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