Here I Am (Come and Take Me)

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"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"
Single by Al Green
from the album Call Me
B-side I'm Glad You're Mine
Released June 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded 1972
Genre Soul
Length 4:14
Label Hi Records
Writer(s) Al Green, Teenie Hodges
Producer(s) Willie Mitchell
Al Green singles chronology
"Call Me (Come Back Home)
(1973)
"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"
(1973)
"Livin' for You"
(1973)
"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"
Single by UB40
from the album Labour of Love II
Released 1990 (1990)
1991 (US Billboard)
Label Virgin

"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" is a 1973 song by Al Green, the second single released from his album Call Me. The song reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Hot Soul Singles chart. It was certified as a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America. A cover version by UB40 peaked at #7 on the Billboard charts in July 1991.

Composition and recording[edit]

Green wrote "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" with Teenie Hodges, with whom he also collaborated in writing "Take Me to the River," "Love and Happiness," "Full of Fire," and other songs. It was produced by Willie Mitchell in the 1972 recording session for the album Call Me.

Chart performance[edit]

Hi Records released the song as a single in June 1973, with "I'm Glad You're Mine" on the B-side.[1] It was the second single from Call Me, after the title track. The record received a gold certification, having sold more than 500,000 copies.[2]

Charts Peak position
(Al Green version)
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 2

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by such performers as Michael Jackson, Etta James, and Seal. Several reggae versions have been recorded, including by Marcia Griffiths, Pluto Shervington, Owen Gray, and Inner Circle.[3] A version by Al Brown, a founding member of The Paragons, served as the basis for another cover by UB40, included on their 1989 album, Labour of Love II. Released as a single in 1990, the song was an international hit, reaching #7 on the US charts and #3 on the Australian charts in 1991.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Al Green - Here I Am (Come and Take Me)". 45cat. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "US Albums Certifications > Al Green". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Call Me Al". Versions Galore. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "UB40". Australian-Charts.com. Retrieved 14 May 2013.