"Never Let You Go" as written by and Stephan Jenkins....
There's every good reason for letting you go
She's sneaky and smoked out
And it's starting to show
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you turn around, our back on each other
That's a good idea, break a promise to your mother
Turn around your back on each other
You say that I've changed
Well maybe I did
But even if I changed
What's wrong with it
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you turn around, our back on each other
That's a good idea, break a promise to your mother
Turn around your back on each other
And our friends are gone and gone
And all the time moves on and on
And all I know is it's wrong, it's wrong
And all I know it's wrong, it's wrong, it's wrong, it's wrong
If there's a reason, it's lost on me
Maybe we'll be friends, I guess we'll see
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you go
I'll never let you turn around, our back on each other
That's a good idea, break a promise to your mother
Turn around let's turn on each other
Good idea, break a promise to your mother
Turn around your back on each other
That's a good idea, break a promise to your mother
Turn around your back on each other
What a good idea
I remember the stupid things, the mood rings, the bracelets and the beads
Nickels and dimes, yours and mine, did you cash in all your dreams
You don't dream for me, no, (goodbye, goodbye) you don't dream for me, no
But I still feel you pulse like sonar from the days in the waves
That girl is like a sunburn
I would like to say
The girl is like a sunburn
I would like to say
She's like a sunburn
She's like a sunburn


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"Never Let You Go" as written by Carlos Jermaine Jenkins David Foreman

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General Commentit's likely about an incredible relationship that isn't there anymore. steve (jenkins, the lead singer) begins with "there's every good reason for letting you go" and 'ere too long informs "i never let you go". obviously he realizes that he needs to move on because it's over and there's nothing to do but seek another harbor.

    however, the song continues with this conflicted state of mind, because he argues "even if i changed, what's wrong with it?" the lyric is reminiscent of a "take me back" kind of argument. later on, he expresses that he doesn't understand why he can't be together with this super-fly chica. "if there's a reason, it's lost on me" but still allows himself an out, in the interest of adapting himself to the fact that they may never resume the previous relationship. "maybe we'll be friends, i guess we'll see".

    the last verse is an amazing form of nostalgia. i love the "i remember the stupid things, the mood rings, the bracelets, and the beads" lines because that's what past relationships eventually become. a letter here, a bracelet there, things that remind us of times that are gone--"you don't dream for me, no". we can still feel that magic every so often, after it's over, if we've found it hard to get over that person. hence "i still feel your pulse like a sonar".

    the line that takes the cake for me is "that girl is like a sunburn i would like to save". incredibly poetic.... we can get burned, but we don't want the burn to fade away, because we want to keep that girl (or that guy) in that magical way that she/he once meant to us. once the sunburn's gone, you've learned and don't feel the pain anymore.

    so kudos to windchild, because the song really is about change and the road blocks we face along the way to accept it.
    the grey foolon April 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentxmakesherflyx

    You have it figured out.
    This song is nostalgia, nostalgia, nostalgia.
    I love it to death.
    sewed soleson June 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song seems to be told from a guy's perspective.

    He was in a bad relationship that makes no sense to him. He thought he would be happy with this girl and be with her forever. And even as the years pass and times change, he still carries her memory with him.

    Basically this song is about reflecting on a point of your life.
    UnderclassHero89on August 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song means, that he could never really get the girl he wants, but can still not let her go. He loves her too much to just let it go. Maybe he thinks there's still hope, but at the same time he thinks he wants to let go but his heart gets the best of him.
    "so what if I change whats wrong with it"
    maybe this person has changed in the eyes of his friends, but he denys it, he still thinks he's the same person, even before he met the girl he fell in love with.
    "that girl is like a sunburn"
    she either is a memory of the summer, or it's something that bothers him for awhile but goes away, its a reoccurring thing.

    idk, that's just my interpretation.
    lullabyscilyon December 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think its about two people who were best friends who drifted apart, and sometimes you've gotta do things to keep the friendship strong which is why you've gotta break the rules to have fun i.e 'break a promise to your mother' and he doesn't want his best friend to turn her back on him coz they had a good friendship. - 'i never let you turn around, your back on eachother'
    I think he also thinks times going too fast and thats why he thinks 'its wrong'. He can't understand how all his friends are moving on to new things in their lives while he still thinks about memories. Which also makes me think its about being stuck in the past and not wanting things to change. I think hes just thinking about life in general too, wondering who'll be there for him in the long run and whoever he's singing this to, he doesn't want to lose them.
    Deadlysinnerson January 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about change and closing a passage in our lives, even if that passage burns others, we are constantly changing and growing and if they love us as much as they say they would understand.
    windchild09on February 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think an important thing to notice in the lyrics is that they say "I never let you go" instead of "I'll never let you go" There's a big difference and some people mess up the lyrics.
    sls23on April 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with "sls23" on that one. Everybody messes that up. Anyway, to me this song is about a lover who you want to forget about but just can't. It's a really cool song and fun to jam with on guitar!
    u2elevationon May 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthes saying I'LL never let you go....not i never let you go just thought i would share that
    blinkfan107on August 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'd never turn my back on any of my brothers or sisters, because between us all, it's an unspoken promise to our mother that we wouldn't. This is what this song reminds me off. That promise.
    Rosannon October 10, 2002   Link

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