Coming Around Again (Carly Simon song)

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"Coming Around Again"
Single by Carly Simon
from the album Coming Around Again and Heartburn soundtrack
B-side "Itsy Bitsy Spider"
Released October 12, 1986
Format 7", 12"
Genre Soft rock, adult contemporary
Length 3:41
Label Arista
Songwriter(s) Carly Simon
Producer(s) Russ Kunkell, Bill Payne and George Massenburg with Paul Samwell-Smith
Carly Simon singles chronology
"My New Boyfriend"
"Coming Around Again"
"Give Me All Night"
"My New Boyfriend"
"Coming Around Again"
"Give Me All Night"

"Coming Around Again" is a 1986 single by Carly Simon from the album of the same title and the soundtrack of Heartburn. The song is sampled in Simon's recording of the classic children's song "Itsy Bitsy Spider".[1]

The success of the song began a career resurgence for Simon. The single is featured on multiple compilations of her work, which include 1995's 3-disc box set Clouds in My Coffee, the UK import The Very Best of Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better, the 2-disc retrospective Anthology, 2004's single disc Reflections: Carly Simon's Greatest Hits, and 2014's Playlist: The Very Best of Carly Simon.


The song peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Simon's twelfth Top 40 hit in the USA.[2] It also hit #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[2] It was also a success in Brazil as it was included in the soundtrack of the telenovela O Outro. The single was released in the United Kingdom in January 1987 and reached a peak of #10 on the UK Singles Chart in late-February.[3] It reached #15 in South Africa in June 1987. [4] It also peaked at #29 in Australia,[5] and #38 in Canada.[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video for this song was filmed and went into heavy rotation in 1987. The video featured a home movie featuring Carly Simon as a baby and as a young child with her parents.

Popular culture[edit]

The song served as the theme to the 1986 Mike Nichols film Heartburn. The song was also featured in a 1987 episode of the US daytime Soap Opera General Hospital as well as a 1988 episode of The Bold and The Beautiful. It was used on the daytime serial Santa Barbara for the Mason and Julia characters.[7]

Track listings and formats[edit]

7" single (worldwide)[8]
  1. "Coming Around Again" – 3:31
  2. "Itsy Bitsy Spider" – 3:34
12"/CD single UK/Germany[9]
  1. "Coming Around Again" – 3:31
  2. "Itsy Bitsy Spider" – 3:34
  3. "If It Wasn't Love" – 4:18
Cassette EP single US[10]
  1. "Coming Around Again/Itsy Bitsy Spider" Live at Martha's Vineyard – 7:04
  2. "Turn of the Tide" (1988 Democratic Convention Theme/Free to be A Family) – 4:04
  3. "Let the River Run" (Theme from Working Girl – 3:40


Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by Irish girl group B*Witched in 1999. Their version can be found as the B-side to their single Jesse Hold On.

Northern Irish rock band Ash covered this song in 2009, and their version is included on their A-Z Vol 1 compilation.


  1. ^ Weller, Sheila. Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon--and the Journey of a ... p. 474. 
  2. ^ a b "Carly Simon - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  3. ^ "Carly Simon". Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  4. ^ Retrieved 7 April 2014
  5. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  6. ^ "CAN Charts > Carly Simon". RPM. Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Coming Around Again 7" single". Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  9. ^ "Coming Around Again 12"single". Retrieved 2015-01-09. 
  10. ^ "Let the River Run". ASIN B0010ZITBQ. 

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