Can We Go Back is a song written by Adam Watts, Andy Dodd and Shanna Crooks and 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, as well as a bonus track on the Japanese deluxe version of the album. It was then later recorded in Japanese by singer Kumi Koda in 2009 with differing lyrics.
"Can We Go Back" is the fourth single (forty-sixth overall) by Japanese singer Koda Kumi for the album Best: Third Universe/Universe. released January 20, 2010. It was the first release of Koda's to celebrate 10 years since her musical debut. 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 (Adam Watts, Andy Dodd and Shanna Crooks) of the song. The song was originally recorded by American pop singer Kelly Clarkson from her 2009 album, All I Ever Wanted.
The music video was shot by director Ryūji Seki (セキ★リュウジ,Seki Ryūji?). 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.
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"). Hiro created the music with a Michael Jackson feeling in mind.
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.