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Lyrics: Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

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“Never Gonna Give You Up” is known as the world famous Rick Roll song.

The music video, directed by Simon West, finds Astley singing at various west London locales, including an empty club where he gradually inspires a bartender (played by dancer Clive Clarke of the Top of the Pops dance troupe Zoo) to bust a move. Apparently, Clarke had been nursing a serious hangover when his attempt to do a stunt flip went awry, and he landed on his head. Luckily, he wasn’t injured and nailed the stunt on another take.

Rick had not wanted to originally create a music video for this song, but he was eventually forced to by the director.

Once the internet revived the song’s popularity, some realized Robo’s theme from the Super Nintendo game Chrono Trigger bore a striking resemblance to “Never Gonna GIve You Up”. It was a coincidence, as the game’s composer had never heard Rick Astley’s song. Still, mash-ups of both are common. The 1987 video was officially uploaded to YouTube on the 24th of October 2009 and has over 817 million view as of 2020. Never Gonna Give You Up sheet music is also available for free.


[Intro]

[Verse 1]
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

[Pre-Chorus]
I just wanna 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

[Verse 2]
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

[Pre-Chorus]
And if you ask me how I’m feeling
Don’t tell me you’re too blind to see

[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
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

[Post-Chorus]
Ooh (Give you up)
Ooh-ooh (Give you up)
Ooh-ooh
Never gonna give, never gonna give (Give you up)
Ooh-ooh
Never gonna give, never gonna give (Give you up)

[Bridge]
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

[Pre-Chorus]
I just wanna 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
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
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

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