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Why: We watched the movie last week, and the very next day, I received the audiobook in my mailbox. How Kathy H. acquires the tape is a bit different this time around, but here's what she says about it:
The album's called Songs After Dark and it's by Judy Bridgewater.There's some other stuff about how she's sitting at a bar in a purple dress with a cigarette, but it's not on Google Books, so you will just have to imagine it.
What made the tape so special for me was this one particular song: track number three, 'Never Let Me Go'.
It's slow and late night and American, and there's a bit that keeps coming round when Judy sings: 'Never let me go ... Oh baby, baby ... Never let me go ..."
Answer: No! Well, it's a real song, but Judy Bridgewater isn't real, and the song isn't... "real." In fact, the version in the book isn't even the same as the one in the movie. The one in the book has lots of business about a "baby" (and Kathy H. dances to it pretending to hold a baby - one she can never have), but the one in the film is all about saying "never (never) never (never)" and so on.
Hmm? But as a promotional thing, the studio sent out thumb drives shaped like cassette tapes with this on the clever:
Source: The Star
The More You Know: Coincidences(?) of note:
- Never Let Me Go author Kazuo Ishigiro is a fan of American jazz singer Stacey Kent, and even wrote 4 songs for her 2007 album Breakfast On The Morning Tram, which also includes a song called "Never Let Me Go" (though Ishiguro didn't write that one - it's an old song - and it's also not the one in the book / film).
- The "Never Let Me Go" in the movie was written by Luther Dixon, who also wrote "Sixteen Candles" and "Mama Said."
- Judy Bridgewater is posing like the woman on the cover of Bringing It All Back Home (1965) by Bob Dylan, who - in the 70s - regularly sang with Joan Baez a song called "Never Let Me Go."