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“Can't Let Go”
Adele 25.jpg
Song by Adele
from the album 25
Released November 20, 2015
Length 3:18
Label XL Recordings
Writer(s) Adele Adkins, Linda Perry
Producer(s) Linda Perry
25 track listing
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Sweetest Devotion Lay Me Down

“Can’t Let Go” is a song recorded by Adele, taken from her third studio album, 25. It appears as the first bonus track on the Target and Japanese deluxe editions of the album. The song was written by Adele and Linda Perry and produced by the latter.

Background and compositioN[]

Adele co-wrote “Can’t Let Go” with 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry. The song has been compared to previous material released by Adele due to its primarily piano and vocal-based production.

According to Perry, “Can’t Let Go” was conceived within an hour after the titular line had been brought up in conversation; she formulated the song’s piano riff, while Adele produced the lyrics. Unsatisfied with attempts to further produce the song, Adele opted to release the demo version, although it was ultimately omitted from the standard edition of the album and released exclusively as a bonus track.[1]

In a reflective piece written for Rolling Stone, Perry expressed disappointment that “Can’t Let Go” was not included on the main album, comparing it to “being on the second stage at Coachella.”[1]

When asked about the song by a fan during a show in Berlin, Adele revealed that, although she loves “Can’t Let Go,” it makes her cry, and therefore, would likely never be performed live.[2]

Credits[]

Personnel[3]

  • Adele – songwriting, vocals
  • Linda Perry – songwriting, producer, engineer, piano
  • Dashiell Le Francis – engineering assistant
  • Luis Flores – engineering assistant
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixer
  • Joe Visciano – mixing assistant

Lyrics[]

When did it go wrong, I will never know
I have loved you all my life
How did it slow down, I go round and round
Thinking about it all the time

I gave you heaven on a platter baby
I gave you everything you never gave me
I never lied and I never faked it
Only wanted for you to save me
This love, it ain't over yet
There's too much that I haven't said

Did you find the note that I wrote?
I hid it in the seam of your coat
It was hard to write with a lump in my throat
Do you even know I can't let go

Why were you so cold, let the truth me told
Tell me was it all for the thrill?
What was I thinking, I gave you everything
But you still went for the kill

I gave you heaven on a platter baby
I gave you everything you never gave me
I never lied and I never faked it
Only wanted for you to save me

Did you find the note that I wrote?
I hid it in the seam of your coat
It was hard to write with a lump in my throat
Do you even know that I can't let go

Oooh sometimes I feel like I'm in the dark
Oooh I thought I died in your arms

Did you find the note that I wrote?
I hid it in the seam of your coat
It was hard to write, I had a lump in my throat
Do you even know that I can't let go

Hope you know, I won't let go

References[]

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