"Never Gonna Give You Up" as written by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Peter Waterman....
We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy

I just want to tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

[Chorus:]
Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

We've known each other for so long
Your heart's been aching but you're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it

And if you ask me how I'm feeling
Don't tell me you're too blind to see

[Chorus x2]

(Ooh give you up)
(Ooh give you up)
(Ooh) Never gonna give, never gonna give (give you up)
(Ooh) Never gonna give, never gonna give (give you up)

We've known each other for so long
Your heart's been aching but you're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it

I just want to tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

[Chorus]


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"Never Gonna Give You Up" as written by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken, Peter Waterman

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  • +2
    General CommentYou know, it's the funniest thing. This song has lyrics that are so sugary sweet and horrible for you that it just makes your teeth rot directly out of your head (much like the beloved Charleston Chew). The beats and synths (not to mention the chorus of black women in the background) make this tune a generic recycling of eighties pop that could never stand the test of time in the gauntlet of teenage musical enthusiasts.

    That being said: I love Rick Astley. For all the guff that the man gets, he was way ahead of his time in his frame of mind. Back in the 1980's, Rick put out several records that never so much as saw air time on the radio, never mind MTV video circulation. Left and right he had people telling him what to do, how to dress, how to act, and what songs to sing, but to little avail. So what did he do? He dropped his record company, got himself a freelance agent and started writing his own tunes.

    Now, as I said, "Never Gonna Give You Up" is not exactly poetry, but if you actually break the instrumentals of the song down, you can find some composition that is quite complex and intriguing beneath all of that synth pop.

    So I raise my glass to Mr. Astley and thank him for giving us a fantastic internet meme that we (and the other 18 million Americans who have been Rickrolled thus far) can laugh about for many months to come, until we latch onto the next hilarious icon. But beware... it's surely to have a power level of over....




    Nine thousand.
    Baron Nocturnuson April 19, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBack in the day Smash Hits mag called him "Dick Spatley".
    He was a cutie(gotta thing for the ginger boys ;)),his voice is so strong&clear.
    This song is about a guy who somehow figures out that a "friend" is all about him...and no matter
    what even if they decide friends with benefits doesn't work-he'll *sniff,sniff* never give her up.
    Or them or he or who ever,could be a little gray alien for all that we know.
    Thia007on November 16, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThe singer is definitely singing this for a love interest of his.

    "We're no strangers to love/You know the rules and so do I"
    Both the singer and the love interest have experienced love before

    "A full commitment's what I'm thinking of/You wouldn't get this from any other guy"
    The singer is ready to fully commit to the love interest in a way he believes nobody else would.

    "I just want to tell you how I'm feeling/Gotta make you understand"
    The singer has maybe never proclaimed his true feelings, or at least the love interest has not fully understood his intentions.

    "Never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down"
    Pretty straightforward, if you know that the "you" in this song refers to the love interest.

    "Never gonna run around and desert you"
    This shouldn't be taken literally; the singer just means he intends to never leave the love interest.

    "Never gonna make you cry, never gonna say goodbye"
    Again not literal, at least the "say goodbye" part. The singer most definitely might say "goodbye" as a , just not farewell for good.

    "Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you"
    The singer intends to be honest to the love interest and not hurt her(/him?) physically nor emotionally.

    "We've known each other for so long/Your heart's been aching but you're too shy to say it"
    The singer and the love interest have known each other for some time. The singer assumes that the love interest has also had feelings towards the singer, but has not admitted them due to shyness or fear of rejection.

    "Inside we both know what's been going on"
    Here, the singer suspects that they both already know that the romantic interest is mutual.

    "We know the game and we're gonna play it"
    Now that the singer has opened up, he believes that this love interest will develop to a romantic/erotic relationship, as in to "play" the "game" of romance.

    Interestingly, there is the line "Ooh give you up" in the breakdown section, sung by a female voice. The purpose of this line is probably just musical and not lyrical and should not be interpreted as the woman being willing to give up the man.

    There, I deciphered the lyrics for you all!
    raketooyon August 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song means that I just got Rick Roll'd.
    GoSlash27on April 27, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've been Rickrolled
    rmpyon May 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKipsy-Koopa:
    Rick-rolling is a prank many people pull, often on forums or places where you put links to other sites. Often the link is disguised as a relevant link to whatever the page was about, but when clicked it sends you to the youtube page with this songs music video or another site with this song playing.

    It's quite fun actually
    evilMoWon September 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about getting Rick Rolled.
    OMFG_Philon December 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSome people get pissed off when they get "Rick Rolled" I however, and hopefully countless others, enjoy it, and get a good laugh, and maybe even sing along such as myself. Good work Mr. Astley, it's just a shame you couldn;t keep it up.
    za-ch!on December 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe is a lovable ginger nerd! duh? and he has a great voice
    a catchy song! i genuinely like it
    I had never known about rickrolling i was trying to find out this singer with what i had remembered from watching the vid ages ago. a ginger. by a wall. dancing girls... it was hard work! but i finally found him lol
    jump up!on February 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwho does'nt love this song...............rick your the shit lol
    wonderwhatsnexton April 11, 2011   Link

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