"Never Let Me Go" (also known as "Like Your Friends Did") 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.
Background and composition
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 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" and "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.
- 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".
- It contains a quote from the movie Scarface, which the song "Scarface" is presumably about; other references to the film can be found in "Live or Die" and "Playground"
- The lyric "live fast, die young" also appears in "Driving In Cars With Boys".
- 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.
- References to a "game" being played are in "Noir", "Serial Killer", "Betty Boop Boop", and "Guns and Roses".