Never Really Over

Album: Smile (2019)
Charted: 12 15


  • "Never Really Over" is about the struggle to move on from the end of a relationship.

    Two years, and just like that
    My head still takes me back
    Thought it was done, but I
    Guess it's never really over
    Oh, we were such a mess

    Speaking about the song, Perry explained it explores the nature of getting over breakups. "All of our relationships - from first love, through failed love, to great love - all become a part of you, so that none are ever really over, and once you accept both the dark and the light, you may find that the darkness brought you to the light."
  • Perry co-wrote the rousing song with four other songwriters: Gino Barletta, Michelle Buzz, Jason Gill and Hayley Warner. Three producers were involved in the track: Zedd and the Dreamlab duo of Dan and Leah Haywood.
  • The track was Perry's second collaboration with Garman-Russian producer Zedd in 2019, following the release of "365."
  • The song samples "Love You Like That," a 2017 track by Norwegian pop star Dagny.
  • The glowing video, directed by multimedia artist Philippa Price (Banks' "Gemini Feed"), was shot in Malibu. It drives home the song's message of self-love as we see Perry taking part in various heart-healing rituals at a retreat resort.

    "I go to a healing center to completely discard of any energy from past relationships," Perry explained in a behind the scenes clip. "Although that's hard to do because when you're in a relationship that's real, they end up taking a piece of you and you can never get that piece back."


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