Never Let You Go

Album: Strange Clouds (2012)
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  • B.o.B collaborated with OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder on this track. The Tulsa native has also carved out a separate career as songwriter and producer for various artists, and the pair wrote several other songs together, including the hit single, "So Good." The Atlanta rhymer traveled up to Tedder's studio to write and record the song. Bobby Ray recalled to The Boombox: "His studio is nuts. It's in Denver. He got like prized wood from New Orleans [in his studio]. It's all made out of that type of wood. It has a vibe already in it. He had this guitar riff and we were just playing around with it on the guitar and looping it and singing it. I'm a picky person in the studio but luckily, you know, me and Ryan Tedder both, we have a good sense of what it takes to make a song. We kinda scratched our heads for awhile to figure out the lyrics and it came to us. I think it's definitely one of the best songs on the album, hands down."
  • Lyrically, the song is about a girl taking a fall for B.o.B. He explained to The Boombox: "Basically, the track is like running. It just moves in a way where you can just feel the passion running in the track. The story can be taken in many different ways but there's this girl who, whatever she did, she took the fall for me. Now she's on trial for something. This is me trying to get her out of the situation since she took the fall for me. It's a very infectious melody."

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