Here I Go Again

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"Here I Go Again"
Single by Whitesnake
from the album Saints & Sinners
B-side "Bloody Luxury"
Released 15 November 1982
Format Vinyl LP
Recorded 1982
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 5:09
Label Geffen
Writer(s) David Coverdale
Bernie Marsden
Producer(s) Martin Birch
Whitesnake singles chronology
"Would I Lie to You"
"Here I Go Again"
"Victim of Love"
Saints & Sinners track listing
"Crying in the Rain"
"Here I Go Again"
"Love an' Affection"
"Here I Go Again"
Single by Whitesnake
from the album Whitesnake
B-side "Guilty of Love"
Released October 1987
Format Vinyl LP
Recorded 1985–1986
Genre Heavy metal, hard rock
Length 4:36 (Album Version)
3:54 (Radio Edit Mix)
Label Geffen
Writer(s) David Coverdale, Bernie Marsden
Producer(s) Mike Stone, Keith Olsen
Whitesnake singles chronology
"Crying in the Rain '87"
"Here I Go Again"
"Is This Love"
Whitesnake track listing
"Children of the Night"
"Here I Go Again"
"You're Gonna Break My Heart Again"

"Here I Go Again" is a song by British rock band Whitesnake. Originally released on their 1982 album, Saints & Sinners, the song was re-recorded for their eponymous 1987 album Whitesnake. The song was re-recorded again that year in a new "radio-mix" version. The 1987 album version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 10 October 1987,[2] and number nine on the UK Singles Chart on 28 November 1987. The 1987 version also hit number one on the Canadian Singles Chart on 24 October 1987. In 2006, the 1987 version was ranked number 17 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s.[3]

Background and writing[edit]

The song was written by the lead singer, David Coverdale, and former Whitesnake guitarist, Bernie Marsden. The most notable differences between the original and re-recorded versions are a slight change in the lyrics. The chorus of the original version features the lines:

"An' here I go again on my own
Goin' down the only road I've ever known
Like a hobo I was born to walk alone"

In an interview, Coverdale explained that "hobo" was changed to "drifter" in the re-recorded version to ensure that it would not be misheard as "homo."[4]

Music video[edit]

The first music video was made for the original 1982 version. It starts with Coverdale sitting in a concert hall seat and singing the first verses. The video continues as a lip synced "live" video showing the 1982 line-up (Ian Paice who was drumming for the recording is replaced by Cozy Powell) of Whitesnake performing the song.

The music video for the re-recorded version was directed by Marty Callner,[5] who directed most of Whitesnake's videos in the 1980s. In the video actress Tawny Kitaen is seen posing on the hoods of two Jaguar XJs and seducing Coverdale while he is driving. Kitaen and Coverdale would later marry.

Due to Coverdale firing the other members of the band before the album was released, he is the only Whitesnake member present on both the recording and in the music video; this was the case for all music videos released for songs from the 1987 album.[citation needed]

Single versions[edit]

There are several different versions of the song, all recorded officially by Whitesnake. They are:

In 1987, EMI released a limited Collectors Poster Edition 'USA Single Remix' 7" vinyl [EMP 35], the B-side of which consists of an engraved signature version, and the sleeve of which unfolds into a poster of the band.[citation needed]

While the 1987 album version and the "Radio" version (released on Whitesnake's Greatest Hits) of the tune are fairly similar, there are several significant differences. The original 1987 version has a long and slow keyboard and vocal intro, whereas the other kicks straight in with the band. One was recorded for the album 1987, the other for a U.S single release the same year. They contain two very different guitar solos, Adrian Vandenberg plays the album and video solo, and Dan Huff plays on the radio edit version. The album version has a different rhythm in the chorus, with a syncopated kick drum beat that is not in the single version. Of the two versions, the one most widely referred to is the remastered version released in the self-titled 1987 album, although both receive significant airplay today.[citation needed]


Original 1982 version from Saints & Sinners

1987 version from Whitesnake

1987 Radio-mix version

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • A dance cover version by Frash was a minor hit in the UK in 1995, reaching number 69.
  • In 2004 "Here I Go Again" was rendered anew as the debut single by Polish dance/pop singer Mandaryna. Remixed by Groove Coverage, the song was a smash hit in Poland, Europe and Asia, peaking at #2 on the Polish Singles Chart.
  • The song was also frequently performed by Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody in their post-Whitesnake collaborations, appearing on the Moody Marsden Band albums Never Turn Our Back on the Blues and Live in Hell (Unplugged), the Snakes Live in Europe, the Company of Snakes live album Here They Go Again, and M3 Classic Whitesnake's Classic Snake Live and Rough and Ready albums. It also appears on Marsden's solo live album Big Boy Blue...Live (also known as Live at the Granary). The version usually played was the 1987 radio-mix arrangement, in spite of neither Moody nor Marsden actually playing on that release, although 1987 keyboard player Don Airey appears on several of the releases.
  • The song is featured as the act one finale to the musical Rock of Ages.
  • The song is featured in Uncle Kracker's song Livin' The Dream from the album "Happy Hour" in 2009.


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Preceded by
"So Emotional" by Whitney Houston
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (1987 versions)
10 October 1987
Succeeded by
"Lost in Emotion" by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Preceded by
"La Bamba" by Los Lobos
Canadian number-one single (1987 versions)
24 October 1987
Succeeded by
"Mony Mony" by Billy Idol