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"Permanent December" is the seventh track from Miley Cyrus's third studio album Can't Be Tamed. The Electropop/Dance-pop song was noted for its Disco elements and, relies heavily on a scratchy bass, synths and a slickly-based club oriented sound that reflects 1970s music. It was also known for the extensive use of overt Auto-Tune mostly known for artists like T-Pain and Kesha, and the vocals and "catty-like-rap" was also compared to artist Kesha.  

Background and CompositonEdit

"Permanent December" was recorded some time in 2009-2010. Written by Miley Cyrus, John Shanks and Claude Kelly, and produced by Shanks. 

Lyrically, the song suggest a devoted girlfriend ignoring boys attempts to date her, but despite this, she only wants the person she's already with. It's an Electronic-heavy-Dance-pop song with elements of Disco, along with an Euro disco breakdown during the bridge, that reflects 1970's Disco and Funk music. The song has a scratchy, electronic-based bass, constantly changed synths, and midtempo production, Auto-Tuned vocals, and bubbly Techno-influenced synth-like-beats. 

The song earned a mixed reaction from critics, some likened the production, while some called his dull, "not finished" and many disliked the Auto-Tuned vocals, but some did like the rappy verses.

LyricsEdit

[Verse 1]
I've been to London, been to Paris, Australia and Rome
There's sexy boys in every city, but they're not what I want
Some got money, some got fame
Some got cars and the clothes
But if it just ain’t you, then I don't want to know

[Pre-Chorus]
'Cause baby, now I realize that I was wrong
When I said I didn't need you so
Miss you bad, so now I'm coming home
So you better leave a light on
Wait for me and just leave the light on

[Chorus]
It's been like a Permanent December
So much colder than I can remember
When I get you back, this time I swear that I won't
Won't ever let you go
Won't let you go, no
Won't let you go, go, go, go
Won't let you go, no
Go, go, go, go - no, no, no, no

[Verse 2]
I've been to New York, been to L.A. and to Baton Rouge
I met a boy in every city, no one kept me amused
But don't call me a Lolita, cause I don't let 'em through
'Cause I'm saving all my loving for someone and it's you

[Pre-Chorus]
'Cause baby, now I realize that I was wrong
When I said I didn't need you so
Miss you bad, so now I'm coming home
So you better leave a light on
Wait for me and just leave the light on

[Chorus]
It's been like a Permanent December
So much colder than I can remember
When I get you back, this time I swear that I won't
Won't ever let you go
Won't let you go, no
Won't let you go, go, go, go
Won't let you go, no
Go, go, go, go - no, no, no, no

[Bridge]
Hey, what do you say?
'Cause I been all around the world and they just ain’t the same
Hey, what do you say?
Without my baby, I go crazy and I just gotta scream
Ha!

[Breakdown]
Now I realize that I was wrong
When I said I didn't need you so
Miss you bad, so now I'm coming home
So you better leave a light on
Wait for me and just leave the light on

[Chorus]
It's been like a Permanent December
So much colder than I can remember
When I get you back, this time I swear that I won't
Won't ever let you go
Won't let you go, no, won't let you go
It's been like a Permanent December
So much colder than I can remember
When I get you back, this time I swear that I won't
Won't ever let you go
Won't let you go, no
Won't let you go, go, go, go
Won't let you go, no
Go, go, go, go - no, no, no, no
Won't let you go, go, go, go
Won't let you go, no
Go, go, go, go - no, no, no, no