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Write the shortest program that prints the entire lyrics of "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley.

Rules:

  • Must output the lyrics exactly as they appear in the above pastebin*. Here's the raw dump: http://pastebin.com/raw/wwvdjvEj
  • Cannot rely on any external resources - all lyrics must be generated by / embedded in code.
  • No use of existing compression algorithms (e.g. gzip / bzip2) unless you include the full algorithm in your code.
  • Use any language, shortest code wins.

Update, 1st June 2012:
For solutions containing non-ASCII text, the size of your solution will be counted in bytes, based on UTF-8 encoding. If you use codepoints that cannot be encoded in UTF-8, your solution will not be judged as valid.

Update, 7th June 2012:
Thank you all for your awesome solutions! I'll be accepting the shortest answer tomorrow afternoon. Right now, Peter Taylor's GolfScript answer is winning, so get cracking on some improvements if you want to beat him! :)

*There is a typo in the Pastebin (line 46, "know" should be "known"). You may either replicate it or not at your discretion.

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    \$\begingroup\$ @w0lf You're correct. I only scanned the lyrics to verify their accuracy, I must've missed that one. I'll accept either "know" or "known". \$\endgroup\$
    – Polynomial
    May 29 '12 at 7:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ 26k+ views in just 3 days. WOW... \$\endgroup\$
    – Gaffi
    Jun 1 '12 at 21:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ How in the world did this generate so many views and votes? Whatever he did, I'm going to reverse engineer it. \$\endgroup\$
    – PhiNotPi
    Jun 2 '12 at 21:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ @PhiNotPi Good luck reverse engineering "Jeff Atwood tweeting you". \$\endgroup\$
    – breadbox
    Jun 3 '12 at 8:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ The restriction with UTF-8 makes no sense. What if my code is shorter when encoded as UTF-16 or as Latin-1? You should either count the number of bytes or the number of characters, but leave the encoding up to the author. \$\endgroup\$
    – Timwi
    Jan 25 '14 at 0:22

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JavaScript, 495 bytes

for(_="on=er< g;ve:;=na 9e:r98 I'm7ou6o 55s4me3 t22h1\n00(Ooh/ell. w- y6make ay it0 oth<  know00We':ing're at's been i: up/,;)0Y6nd  how7 feel00N8/)gi:, n8gi:0(G)0glet downrunr6ades<tcrysay;oodbyet. liehurt0I just-anna2.Gotta und<stand eachfor s5l=gr hearach but2o4hy24Inside-e both-hago =0We1e;a3we9plWe n4trang<s25lo:1e ruless5d5I0A full commit3nt's-hat71ink of-6ldn't;et1is fromnyguynAifsk 3D='t2. 32o5blit4ee0";G=/[--=-]/.exec(_);)with(_.split(G))_=join(shift())
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    \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to PPCG! Which programming language is this? \$\endgroup\$
    – Dennis
    Nov 24 '18 at 14:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ It's JavaScript \$\endgroup\$
    – da0
    Nov 25 '18 at 1:03
  • \$\begingroup\$ How can I run this? Can you put it on TIO or similar? \$\endgroup\$
    – dfeuer
    Mar 5 '19 at 5:58
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Java (JDK), 642 bytes

v->{String s="Bell!@ w!?ay it-!> other!=make+ !<'re!;ing!: a!9ve!8 g!7t's been !6-(Ooh!5o !4-You!3 t!28onna !1 know!0nd !/ how I'm feel;-!.i9+ up!-\n!+ you!*.)6)%gi9, ne9r2gi9-(G!&-I just@anna3B+/Gotta =understand#!%-Ne9r2!$--We'91n each> for s5long4r hear7ach; but4<3o5shy35s?Inside@e both1@ha7go; on-We13he8ame:0we<2pl?!#-%g.%let+ down%run:rou0a0desert+%=cry%say8oodbye%tB: lie:0hurt+!We< n5strangers35lo9413he rules:0s5d5I-A full commitment's@hat I'm3hink; of4@ouldn't8et3his from:ny>8uy&$A0if+:sk me/Don't3B me+<3o5bli0t5see##-6,8.)6,8**.)$&##",x[];for(;(x=s.split("!",2)).length>1;)s=x[1].replace((x=x[0].split("",2))[0],x[1]);return s;}

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Note: as allowed in the comments, I'm using the "We've known" (twice) version instead of "We've known" then "We've know " version.

I used this program to generate the text according to the algorithm I wanted to use.

Explanation

The longest repeating substring with maximum coverage over the whole string has been extracted and replaced by a single character. The dictionary is done by prepending the replacement character, followed by the replacement string and a bang. This process has been repeated enough times to have the string that is minimised. The search and replacement occurs over the whole string with the dictionary, to compress both the text and the dictionary if needed.

Decoding

v->{                                 // null-accepting lambda, unused parameter
 String s="...",                     // The compressed string
        x[];                         // The array containing
                                     //   0: the dictionary to apply at this step
                                     //   1: the rest of the string.
 for(;(x=s.split("!",2)).length>1;)  // Split the string in two on an exclamation mark, and break if the there are none.
  s=x[1].replace(                    // Replace in the rest of the string...
   ""+x[0].charAt(0),                // ... the single-character...
   x[0].substring(1));               // ... with the longer string.
 return s;                           // Return the decompressed string.
}
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C# (.NET Core), 819 816 810 808 806 792 chars/bytes

class R{static void Main(){string N="Never gonna ",r="\n",H=" how I'm feeling_",n=N+"give! up"+(N=r+N)+"let! down"+N+"run around and desert!"+N+"make! cry"+N+"say goodbye"+N+"tell a lie and hurt!_",b=n+r,w="We've known each other for so long_Your heart's been aching but_You're too shy to say it_Inside we both know what's been going on_We know the game and we're gonna play it_",f="_I just wanna tell!"+H+"Gotta make! understand__"+b,g="(Ooh, give! up)_",o="(Ooh)"+N+"give, never gonna give_(Give! up)_";System.Console.Write(("We're no strangers to love_You know the rules and so do I_A full commitment's what I'm thinking of_You wouldn't get this from any other guy"+f+w+"And if! ask me"+H+"Don't tell me!'re too blind to see__"+b+b+g+g+o+o+r+w+f+b+n).Replace("!"," you").Replace("_",r));}}

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I'm using a mixed approach - some string concatenation, some replacement.

C# (.NET Core), 664 chars/bytes

class R{static void Main(){var a="We. n;strangers:;love[}/ rules{s;d;I^A full commitment's what I'm:hink? of[ wouldn't>et:his from1ny o/r>uy`#A+ if%1sk me&Don't:3 me%.:o;bli+:;see^**]]^$$#`**";foreach(var b in @"]^(Ooh,>-)|`^I just wanna:3%&Gotta 2u+ersta+^*|$(Ooh)!gi<, ne<r_gi<^(G-)^|*!g-!let% down!run1rou+{desert%!2cry!say>oodbye!t31 lie{hurt%^|3ell|2make% |#^We'<4n each o/r for s;long[r hear~1ch? but[.:o;shy:;s=Inside we both}wha~>o? on^We}/>ame{we._pl=|!^Ne<r_|& how I'm feel?^|_>onna |=ay it^|[^You|^
|-i<% up|% you|{1+ |}4 |4 know|~t's been|: t|;o |<ve|> g|?ing|/the|.'re|+nd|1 a".Split('|'))a=a.Replace(b[0]+"",b.Substring(1));System.Console.Write(a);}}

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I optimized the code of another answer for this - it was using an entire class it didn't need to.

Output sample here

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  • \$\begingroup\$ oh hey I can golf this more. +(N=r+N)+ \$\endgroup\$
    – Stackstuck
    Mar 6 '19 at 13:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ Saved 6 bytes with that. \$\endgroup\$
    – Stackstuck
    Mar 6 '19 at 14:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ Saved two bytes by adding b to f, saved two bytes by giving f a leading newline. \$\endgroup\$
    – Stackstuck
    Mar 7 '19 at 13:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ Saved 14 bytes w/ judicious use of .Replace(). I think it's 14 bytes. It's 14 bytes. \$\endgroup\$
    – Stackstuck
    Mar 7 '19 at 14:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ stole someone else's trick and optimized that: saved 39 chars/bytes over their final answer. If they steal it back I'll take this out. \$\endgroup\$
    – Stackstuck
    Mar 13 '19 at 10:12
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ink, 839 777 764 bytes

~temp o="(Ooh, g{g})"
We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy
->w->l->
And if you ask me how I'm feeling
Don't tell me you're too blind to see->c->c->
\ 
{o}
{o}
(Ooh)
N{n}give, n{n}give
(G{g})
(Ooh)
N{n}give, n{n}give
(G{g})->l->
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->w->c->c->
=l
\ 
\ 
We've known each other for so long
Your heart's been aching but
You're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it
->->
=w
I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand->c->->
=c
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\ 
-(d)N{n}{&g{g}|let you down|run around and desert you|make you cry|say goodbye|tell a lie and hurt you->->}
->d
VAR n="ever gonna "
VAR g="ive you up"

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  • -62 (!!!) bytes why the H E C C did I think functions were the way to go here?
  • -13 bytes by reworking the chorus to use a sequence and making w call c before exiting (since the chorus always happens at least once after the "We've known eachother..." part)

It's not a very nice solution, but I spent too long on it to just throw it away.

I'm still not a huge fan of those tunnels, but assigning a multiline strings to a variable in ink is weirder than you'd think.

I thought I could make some fancy changes to that l stitch, but they turned out to not be worth it, and also messed up the whitespace a bunch.

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Crashes TIO but works in theory.

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Quite compressible. Uses a bunch of nonexistent elements.

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Basic compression; compresses a couple of the main verses separately, then replaces them after decompression.

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iX2Web, 2778 bytes

Just had to make an iX2Web solution ;)

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Swift, 697 bytes

import Foundation
var s="We'r!n$str+gers*$love2 6*h!rules 4s$d$I\nA full commitmen8wha&I'm*hink3 of2 wouldn'&get*his from +y70uyJ%\n\nFnH\nAnd if .ask m!<Don't5m!1=blind*$see%%\n\n@@EE\nFH\nJ%%%"
for(a,b)in zip("JHFECB@?%=<:987654#>-0/.13&2+!*$","\nI jus&w+na5.<Gotta mak-nd/st+d; each7/ for s$long2r hear: ach3 but2=shy*$9it\nInsid!w!both 6 wha: go3 on\nW!6*h!gam!4we'r!goBplay it;We'v!6;?)#C, nev0oBC\n(Giv-p)\n;give;nna ;?, giv-p)\n;(Ooh;\n#giv-p#le&.down#run around 4des/&1#mak!.cry#9goodbye>5a li!4hur&1;'re*o$;how I'm feel3\n;8been;say ;t's ; oth;know;*ell ;+d ;> ;\nNev0onna;!.u;/ g;er;1 ;you;ing;t ;\nYou;an;e ; t;o ;".split{$0==";"}){s=s.replacingOccurrences(of:"\(a)",with:b)}
print(s)

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Explanation

import Foundation                               // Import `replacingOccurrences`
var s = "<...>"                                 // The compressed text
for(a,b)in zip("<...>","<...>".split{$0==";"}){ // For every character in the first string,
  s=s.replacingOccurrences(of:"\(a)",with:b)    // replace all occurences of it with its
}                                               // replacement in the second string
print(s)                                        // Print the resulting text
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Excel, 756 bytes

=LET(h," how I'm feeling
",j,"
I just wanna tell you"&h&"Gotta make you understand",n,"
Never gonna ",c,"
"&n&"give you up"&n&"let you down"&n&"run around and desert you"&n&"make you cry"&n&"say goodbye"&n&"tell a lie and hurt you",w,"

We've know",e," each other for so long
Your heart's been aching but
You're too shy to say it
Inside we both know what's been going on
We know the game and we're gonna play it
",g,"ive you up)
(Ooh",v,"give, never gonna give
","We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy"&j&c&w&"n"&e&"And if you ask me"&h&"Don't tell me you're too blind to see"&c&c&"

(Ooh, g"&g&", g"&g&")"&n&v&"(G"&g&")"&n&v&"(Give you up)"&w&e&j&c&c&c)

Link to Spreadsheet

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