"Never Forget You" as written by and Shingai Elizabeth Maria/smith Shoniwa....
What you're drinkin'
Rum or whiskey
Now don't you have a
Double with me
I'm sorry I'm a little late
I got your message by the away
I'm calling in sick today
So let's go out for old time sake

I'll never forget you
They say we'd never make it
My sweet joy, always remember me

We were mischievous
And you're always wearing black
I was so serious
You know my boyfriend's mama
Nearly had a heart attack
I'm sorry I'm a little late
You know the stripes of a tiger
Are hard to change
And notice, world feels like an empty stage
I wouldn't change a thing
So I'm glad your back again

I'll never forget you
They say we'd never make it
My sweet joy, always remember me
I'll never forget you
At times we couldn't take it all
My joy, always remember me

We just got swallowed up
You know I didn't forget you
We just got swallowed up

We just got swallowed up
But you know I didn't forget you
We just got swallowed up
By the whole damned world

What you thinking
Did you miss me
I've borrowed your silver boots
Now if you just let me
Give them back to you

I'll never forget you
They say we'd never make it
My sweet joy, always remember me
I'll never forget you
Although at times we couldn't change it all
Your my joy, always remember me

Don't you know that you're my joy
Always remember me

Don't you know that you're my joy
Always remember me


Lyrics submitted by willhirsch

"Never Forget You" as written by Daniel John Montagu Smith Shingai Elizabeth Maria Shoniwa

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +4
    My InterpretationI think this is about a best friend. I don't think it is about a boyfriend. I think it is about a friendship that ended but the friends really loved each other, almost like lovers but deeper; sometimes these friendships are deeper than romantic relationships. It makes me think about my ex-bff every single time I hear it. I don't think a woman would borrow her boyfriend's silver boots unless he had some tiny feet or she had some huge ones, either way, it would be weird to put that in a song about a boyfriend. Usually, people talk about a sweatshirt or t-shirt, not shoes when it comes to a boyfriend!
    plusbelleangeon August 12, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think it may be about a best friend and not a lover. She references "her boyfriend's mother" but the song is directed to a person. Also, the part about borrowing silver boots ... you know, I guess a guy might wear some silver boots, but that would be hard as hell to pull off. ;)
    leporinison July 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can't believe nobody has commented on this yet. I love this song, much better than Don't Upset The Rhythm in my opinion!

    I think this song is about a couple who split up, they both loved each other but it didn't work out. Both didn't think they could be friends, but its as if she's saying "You know what, yeah we can be friends. So it didn't work out? Who cares, lets just be good friends!"

    She's saying to him that he was always special to her, she says: 'So glad you're back again'
    Maybe after they split they didn't talk, and now they're back to being friends and she's glad because she really cares about him: 'Don't you know that you're my joy?' and she never wants him to forget her: 'Always remember me'

    This song is so lovely, it sort of has a 60's feel to it. One thing i'd like to add, it's one of those songs that just flies by! As soon as i press play, it's over again! Love it though! Plus, she has a fantastic voice!
    aw77on July 12, 2009   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI think plusbellange was on the right track, but did everyone forget about the possibility of a lesbian relationship??? I don't think this song is about a boy at all. I think it's about her first girlfriend. And, I don't think it's merely a coincidence that she calls this person "Joy", which is a female name. The line, " You know the stripes on a tiger are hard to change" coupled with " My boyfriend's mother nearly had a heart attack" leads me to believe that she always liked girls( maybe secretly?), but only dated guys in the past and then fell in love with this girl. Also, the line about borrowing the silver boots is proof that "Joy" is a girl. How many straight guys have silver boots that their girlfriend borrows and wears? But, the silver boots line also made me think about the end of a relationship when each person gives back the things they've borrowed ( books, dvds, t-shirts etc... )

    sss84on September 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHmm the idea of it being about a best friend makes a lot of sense. But I think the best friend might be a guy, who was in love with her at one point, even though she had a boyfriend. Which is probably the reason they didn't talk after a while, because her relationship deepened "I was so serious/you know my boyfriend's mother nearly had a heart attack" and became too much for her friend to bear. Now it's several years later, that relationship is over, and she's trying to reconnect with her friend, but he's apprehensive. They meet for dinner and she wants to see him again but still he's apprehensive, so she looks for any excuse, hence trying to return his silver boots. And if you listen to her earlier description of them "we were mysterious/and you were always wearing black," it's apparent they were very nonconformist, which makes it easy to believe the boots could have belonged to a guy.
    lyricalaficionadoon August 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSame for me..I just wanted to make sure I was right. The "boyfriend's mother" line says it all.
    terryinwvaon December 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI would think that this song was about two schoolgirls, probably in the 70's judging by the northern soul feel, and one goes off to university/polytechnic etc, and grows, while the other (singer) has been left somewhat behind. She's so excited her friend is back that she misses work for a day, but her friend doesn't really want to see her. A really sad song I think.
    madphil_69on December 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, I love the kind of 50s/60s vibe to it. Initially I thought it was about a guy but after I heard the silver boots line then I started to think it was about two best friends. Plus, the whole way through it's as if the singer is talking to the person so it wouldn't really make sense to say 'You know my boyfriend's mother nearly had a heart attack' if she were talking to the boyfriend. I think plusbelleange put it nicely.
    merry_cherryon August 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think sss84 has it right
    i love this song!
    MCRfanaticon October 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think sss84 is right, i came on here to see if anyone figured this out.. The silver boots is what has me convinced its about a lesbian relationship.
    gynoon October 13, 2009   Link

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