Can We Go Back

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"Can We Go Back"
Song by Kelly Clarkson from the album All I Ever Wanted (Japan Deluxe Edition)
Released May 13, 2009 (2009-05-13)
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:52
Label RCA
Writer Shanna Crooks, Andrew Creighton Dodd, Adam Watts
All I Ever Wanted (Japan Deluxe Edition) track listing
"The Day We Fell Apart"
"Can We Go Back"

Can We Go Back is a song recorded by Kelly Clarkson during the sessions for her 2009 album, All I Ever Wanted. It appeared as a iTunes Store pre-order song for the deluxe version of the album,[1] as well as a bonus track on the Japanese deluxe version of the album.[1] It was then later recorded in Japanese by singer Kumi Koda in 2009 with differing lyrics.

Kumi Koda version[edit]

"Can We Go Back"
Single by Koda Kumi
from the album Best: Third Universe/Universe
B-side "Good Day"
Released January 20, 2010 (2010-01-20)
Format CD Single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:25
Label Rhythm Zone
Writer(s) Koda Kumi, Adam Watts, Andy Creighton Dodd, Shanna Crooks
Koda Kumi singles chronology
"Alive/Physical Thing"
"Can We Go Back"
"Gossip Candy"

"Can We Go Back" is the fourth single (forty-sixth overall) by Japanese singer Koda Kumi for the album Best: Third Universe/Universe.[2] released January 20, 2010. It was the first release of Koda's to celebrate 10 years since her musical debut.[3] The single was a limited release and debuted at number two.

Koda recorded the song after hearing a demo version of the track from the writers of the song.[3] The song was originally recorded by American pop singer Kelly Clarkson from her 2009 album, All I Ever Wanted.[1]

Music video[edit]

Koda in the music video.

The music video was shot by director Ryūji Seki (セキ★リュウジ Seki Ryūji?).[4] The video was given a Joan of Arc-theme, to reflect a "being in a battle with a friend, being injured and supporting each other" image intended to be expressed in the song.[3]

The music video is composed of three main scenes, that switch between each other. The first is of a fiery battlefield, in which Koda and her back-up dancers are dressed in clothes inspired by Hundred Years' War-era French military uniforms. They try to raise a red flag amidst the scene. The second is Koda performing the song with a band backing in a rock style. This scene is set at the same concrete steps as the first, however with different lighting. Koda wears contemporary clothing, along with her band mates. The third is of Koda chained in a concrete cell, behind bars (from which the single cover art is taken).

Half-way through the video, the song stops and Koda and her dancers perform a dance break. The music for the dance break section was arranged by Hiro, the producer of several Kumi Koda songs (including "Taboo" and "Universe").[5] Hiro created the music with a Michael Jackson feeling in mind.[6]

The video ends with Koda and her compatriots raising up a flag, in the style of French artist Jules Eugène Lenepveu's famous 1890 artwork Panthéon II.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Arranger(s) Length
1. "Can We Go Back"   Koda Kumi, Adam Watts, Andy Dodd, Shanna Crooks Koda Kumi, Adam Watts, Andy Dodd, Shanna Crooks   3:25
2. "Good Day"   Koda Kumi Yuta Nakano Yuta Nakano 3:07
3. "Can We Go Back" (Instrumental) Koda Kumi, Adam Watts、Andy Dodd, Shanna Crooks Koda Kumi, Adam Watts、Andy Dodd, Shanna Crooks   3:25
4. "Good Day" (Instrumental) Koda Kumi Yuta Nakano Yuta Nakano 3:02
Total length:
No. Title Director(s) Length
1. "Can We Go Back" (Music video)    
2. "Can We Go Back" (Making video)    


Oricon Sales Chart (Japan)[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
January 20, 2010 Oricon Daily Charts 2 17,060
Oricon Weekly Charts 2 31,078 36,565
Oricon Monthly Charts 8 34,773
Oricon Yearly Charts -
Chart (2010) Peak
Billboard Japan Adult Contemporary Airplay[7] 20
Billboard Japan Hot 100[8] 6
Oricon Weekly Singles [9] 2
RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100[10] 6


  1. ^ a b c "(Japanese) All I Ever Wanted Discography Entry". BMG Japan. Retrieved 2009-02-22. 
  2. ^ "NEWシングル「Can We Go Back」2010年1月20日発売決定!!". Koda Kumi Official Website. 2009-11-20. Retrieved 2009-12-27. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Koda Kumi Official Website". Billboard Japan. 2009-12-06. Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  4. ^ "倖田來未 Can We Go Back". Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  5. ^ "HIRO Official Website". Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  6. ^ ""倖田來未"UNIVERSE"とかとか"". HIRO -THE MUSIC BLOG-. 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-01-29. 
  7. ^ "Adult Contemporary Airplay Week of February 1, 2010". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  8. ^ "Japan Hot 100 Week of February 1, 2010". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  9. ^ "2010年02月第1週のシングルランキング情報". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  10. ^ "RIAJ Digital Track Chart: Chart issue January 19, 2010" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2010-01-23.