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Never Let Me Go” is a song by English indie rock band Florence and the Machine from their second studio album, Ceremonials (2011). The song was written by Florence Welch and Paul Epworth while production was handled by Epworth. Island Records released the song as the third single from the album on 30 March 2012. The band first premiered the song during one of their concerts before the release of the album on 15 October 2011. A Clams Casino remix of the song was placed on the 12″ white vinyl single which was available for pre-order on 22 March 2012.

Musically, “Never Let Me Go” is a downtempo baroque pop and indie pop ballad in the key of A major completed with piano and drums while backing vocals repeatedly sing “never let me go” throughout the song. Many critics noted similarities between the song’s composition and materials by other artists including Enya, Evanescence and Ryan Tedder-produced songs. The song received acclaim by critics who praised Welch’s vocals and its balladry nature. Commercially, “Never Let Me Go” reached the top 10 in Israel and Australia, where it has been certified multi-platinum.

An accompanying music video for the song was released online on 8 March 2012. It was directed by Tabitha Denholm and stars actor Jamie Campbell Bower, who plays Welch’s love interest. The video features the pair together skating and shots of a dirty water trickling down Welch’s face and hands are shown. Upon the release of the video, critics praised Welch’s gothic look and the video’s dark atmosphere. Florence and the Machine added the song to the set list of their second worldwide Ceremonials Tour (2011–2012) where the song was performed during the encore of the concerts along with “No Light, No Light”.

Never Let Me Go” was written by Florence Welch, Paul Epworth and Kid Harpoon while production was handled by Epworth. Florence and the Machine premiered “Never Let Me Go” along with two other songs from the album, “Spectrum” and “Heartlines” as part of their set list at New York’s Creators Project on 15 October 2011, two weeks before the release of the album. Speaking about the song, Welch told Digital Spy, “The gospel thing comes from my obsession with hymns. I’m drawn to anything that has a hymnal quality, be it Spiritualized or dusty old albums by Georgian choirs.” Island Records released “Never Let Me Go” as the third single from the album on 2 April 2012. A Clams Casino remix of the song was placed on the 12″ white vinyl single which was available for pre-order on 22 March 2012. The artwork for the vinyl single was shot by Karl Lagerfeld and was described by The Guardian’s Michael Cragg as “swanky”. Andrew Martin of Prefix Magazine commented that the “Clams Casino’s remix of [the song]… was the weirdest thing to happen to Florence Welch’s voice”. The Guardian’s Michael Cragg commented, “He takes the stately Never Let Me Go and adds gusts of distorted backing vocals, big drum claps and, midway through, pitches Florence Welch’s vocals down a notch or two to create what sounds like an eerie duet recorded in a cave.”

“Never Let Me Go” is a downtempo baroque pop ballad with elements of indie pop. It has a piano-led instrumentation accompanied by thumping drums. Lyrically, the theme of the song revolves around the sea and the ocean, interpreted in the lines “The arms of the ocean so sweet and so cold/And all this devotion I never knew at all”. The song also talks about sin and redemption. According to Michael Hann of The Guardian, the opening lyrics “Looking out from underneath, fractured moonlight on the sea”, of the song sound similar to the songs written by Elizabeth Fraser in the group This Mortal Coil. Backing vocals are heard during the chorus repeatedly singing the lines “never let me go”. Many critics noted similarities between “Never Let Me Go” and artists such as Enya and Evanescence. The production of the song was also compared with Ryan Tedder-produced songs. Jillian Mapes of Billboard magazine further noted that “Never Let Me Go” sounds more similar to the songs from the band’s debut studio album Lungs (2009).

Never Let Me Go” debuted at number 135 on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending 7 April 2012, peaking at number eighty-two the following week, making it their second lowest-charting single to date. The song entered the Australian Singles Chart at number nineteen and peaked three weeks later at number three, earning the band their highest-charting single to date in the country. In Belgium, the single charted on the Ultratip charts at number fifteen in Flanders and at number forty-three in Wallonia. As of July 2018 in United Kingdom combined sales are 133,000.

An accompanying music video for the song was released on Bing on 7 March 2012. Along with the music video, behind-the-scenes video was also released. It was directed by Tabitha Denholm. The video stars actor Jamie Campbell Bower who plays Welch’s love interest in the video.

The video starts with Welch looking into an ice rink which holds an arcade. A man is seen using the arcade machines as Welch enters, wearing torn, worn away clothing. As the first chorus starts, the ice rink is lit up by the man with spotlights moving around. Several scenes are shown throughout the video of water e.g. an overflowing sink, a floor being mopped, watery footprints on the floor. What looks like dirty water is shown trickling down Welch’s face and hands. She walks onto the ice rink and the man enters, leading them to dance with each other and hug. As Florence dances on her own, a cleaner is shown to be watching. Towards the end of the song, Welch looks at the man and starts to fall back, her face and hands engulfed by dirty water as the woman cleaner looks on.

Nick Neyland of Prefix Magazine compared the video with Kazuo Ishiguro’s eponymous novel, Never Let Me Go (2005). Melinda Newman of the website HitFix praised Welch’s gothic look and wrote, “It’s spooky and we don’t fully understand it. It’s one of those videos that creates an atmosphere more than a linear story.” Leah Collins of the Canadian magazine Dose commented that in the video, “Welch is the sort of gal who busts into skating rinks after hours with her skid boyfriend… The kind of gal who dyes her hair by summoning dark, demonic spirits — ones who ooze out of her pores, and various plumbing fixtures, until she’s nothing but a black-haired creepy mist.” MTV News’ James Montgomery called the video “ethereal” and said, “Never Let Me Go” is certainly visually arresting, but it also works on another level: Namely, it perfectly (and artfully) captures the experience of literally melting in the presence of a lover, the feeling of casting abandon to the wind and giving yourself away truly and completely.” Consequence of Sound’s Alex Young commented briefly “Don’t watch this one before breakfast.” A writer of The Huffington Post gave a mixed review for the video, saying that it had an unclear plot. – Wikipedia.

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Some Quotable Lyrics

Looking up from underneath
Fractured moonlight on the sea
Reflections still look the same to me
As before I went under

And it’s peaceful in the deep
Cathedral where you cannot breathe
No need to pray, no need to speak
Now I am under all

And it’s breaking over me
A thousand miles down to the sea bed
Found the place to rest my head
Never let me go
Never let me go
Never let me go
Never let me go
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