"Never Let Me Go" is an unreleased song by Lana Del Rey. It was recorded in 2010 and leaked on May 18, 2012. A conceptual demo leaked on July 7, 2016. The song was randomly registered on ASCAP on March, 2017. It was co-written and produced by Steven Mertens.
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 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 was written by Del Rey in 2010, although the full writing and production credits are unknown. An audio clip of Del Rey composing the song in-studio leaked July 7, 2016, and reveals the song's first verse was conceived while Del Rey improvised over the track "Strings of Nashville" by Pavement, a Californian indie rock band.
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"