♫ Never Gonna Let You Go ♫

One thing about doing these mostly-daily music posts is it has challenged me to dig back through my memory banks to recall artists and songs that I once liked but hadn’t thought about in years, sometimes decades.  One such artist is Brazilian musician Sergio Mendes.

Released in 1983, Never Gonna Let You Go is sung by Joe Pizzulo and Leeza Miller.  That’s Sergio on the keyboard.  Songwriters Cynthia Weil (lyrics) and Barry Mann (music) composed the song and originally submitted it to Earth, Wind and Fire, but they ultimately decided not to record it.

Mendes was preparing a new album for an April 1983 release and said …

“All the other songs on the album were up and festive. I needed a ballad on the album, just to change the pace a bit.”

And so this song became the title song for his album.  Mendes is probably best known for his 1968 The Look of Love.

Never Gonna Let You Go
Sérgio Mendes

I was as wrong as I could be
To let you get away from me
I’ll regret that move for as long as I’m livin’
But now that I’ve come to see the light
All I wanna do is make things right
So just say the word and tell me that I’m forgiven

You and me, we’re gonna be better than we were before
Loved you then but now I intend
To open up and love you even more
This time, you can be sure

I’m never gonna let you go
I’m gonna hold you in my arms forever
Gonna try and make up for all the times
I hurt you so
Gonna hold your body close to mine
From this day on, we’re gonna be together
Oh, I swear this time
I’m never gonna let you go

Lookin’ back now, it seems so clear
I had it all when you were here
Oh, you gave it all
And I took it for granted

But if there’s some feeling left in you
Some flicker of love that still shines through
Let’s talk it out
Let’s talk about second chances

Wait and see, it’s gonna be sweeter than it was before
I gave some then but now I intend
To dedicate myself to giving more
This time you can be sure

I’m never gonna let you go
I’m gonna hold you in my arms forever
Gonna try and make up for all the times
I hurt you so

Gonna hold your body close to mine
From this day on, we’re gonna be together
Oh, I swear this time
I’m never gonna let you go

Oh, so if you’ll just say
You want me too

I’m never gonna let you go
I’m gonna hold you in my arms forever
Gonna try and make up for all the times
I hurt you so

Gonna hold your body close to mine
From this day on, we’re gonna be together
Oh, I swear this time
I’m never gonna let you go
Never gonna let you go
Hold you in my arms forever
Gonna try and make up for all the times
I hurt you so
Hold your body close to mine
Oh, we’re gonna be together
Oh, I swear this time
I’m never gonna let you go

Songwriters: WEIL CYNTHIA / MANN BARRY
Never Gonna Let You Go lyrics © Sony/ATV Songs LLC, Mann And Weil Songs Inc, SONY/ATV SONGS LLC OBO MANN AND WEIL SONGS INC

10 thoughts on “♫ Never Gonna Let You Go ♫

  1. Hey, Jill, am I crazy, or are you regretting a long ago love affair that you wish you had not allowed to end? A lot of your choices seem to be about lost love these days. I mean, totally natural, as we enter our “golden years,” that we look back at choices we made that could have had better outcomes–I have a few regrets myself. The problem is we idealize the past, and forget about some of the reasons we did have break-ups. We remember the good times that were oh so good, but we were so immature at the time, we focused on things that were actually bearable.
    We have to trust that despite our immaturity we made the right decisions, could see the problems, and realize they were insurmountable.
    Nah, you’re just picking these songs to make your readers feel nostalgic. You have no regrets, do you!

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    • You, my friend, are certifiably crazy! I can say in all honesty that there isn’t a single relationship in my past that I wish had endured, and they all ended mostly by mutual agreement, as in “y’know, this really isn’t working out, is it?” The exception was my marriage, and that ended by my choice, and he must have regretted it, for he tried to force me to come back at gunpoint. So no, the regrets, if there are any, are that I never found the one I could share my life with forever.

      As to the music I play … I just like music and play songs that I enjoy listening to. Half the time, I didn’t even know the lyrics until I looked them up for the post! ♫

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      • I am very sad you never experienced a love so great it overwhelmed your and your loved one’s lives. That really is an experience of a lifetime.
        Having a gun pointed at you is not love, but ownership. I am glad he did not pull the trigger, because we would never have gotten to know you.
        Yeah, I know you generally don’t know the words to the songs you choose, but doesn’t the music have a bit of sadness built right into it? No matter, I am certifiably crazy. I already knew that. But I love being that way. It allows me to reach way outside the box of sanity…

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        • Awww … don’t be sad about it. I figured out some time ago that I’m just not lovable. I’m likable … lots of people, including members of the opposite sex, like me well enough and enjoy my company, enjoy my humour and my ability to speak rather intelligently on a number of topics, but when it comes to love, I’m just somewhat of a dud. It’s okay, though … I’ve long since stopped “looking for love in all the wrong places”.

          I doubt he would have pulled the trigger, but the funny thing is that I should have been scared, but instead I was fighting mad, so I walked right past him and kicked the side of his car as hard as I could. Left a huge dent in his little red Ford Pinto! 😀

          Some do have sadness in the tune, but I don’t hear it in this one, and as I watch the two singers, they seem so happy and upbeat. And yes, you are unique and mostly outside the box … ’tis what makes you special! LuL

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