I've Always Got You

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"I've Always Got You"
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Single by Robin Zander
from the album Robin Zander
B-side "Everlasting Love"
Released 1993
Format CD, Cassette
Genre Rock
Length 3:40
Label Interscope Records, Atlantic Records
Songwriter(s) Mike Campbell, Robin Zander, J.D. Souther
Producer(s) Jimmy Iovine, Mike Campbell
Robin Zander singles chronology
"Surrender to Me"
"I've Always Got You"
"Show Me Heaven"
"Surrender to Me"
"I've Always Got You"
"Show Me Heaven"
Alternative Cover
German cover of "I've Always Got You"
German cover of "I've Always Got You"

"I've Always Got You" is a single by American vocalist Robin Zander, best known as lead vocalist for the American rock band Cheap Trick. The single was released in 1993 as the lead single from Zander's debut solo album Robin Zander.[1] The song was written by Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame, Zander and J.D. Souther.


Released as the lead single from the Robin Zander album, the track was a Top 20 hit on the American Mainstream Rock Chart, peaking at #13 and lasting within the chart for seven weeks.[2] In Canada, it peaked at #64 on the singles chart, lasting within the Top 100 for four weeks.[3]

A music video was created to promote the single.[4] Since the song's release, Zander has performed an acoustic version of the song live on various occasions, with some performances being unofficially filmed and uploaded onto YouTube.[5]


The single was released as a CD and cassette single only whilst a one track American promotional CD was also released. The song was released as the same version that appeared on the album, with the American release of the single dubbing both tracks as the "LP Version". In Germany, the single was released with alternate artwork on CD only. All versions of the single featured the track "Everlasting Love" as the b-side whilst the German version added another b-side, a cover of the song "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake".[6][7]

The b-side "Everlasting Love" was featured on the "Robin Zander" album, written by Mick MacNeil of Simple Minds fame, and Zander. The German version bonus track "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" was a non-album track, written and originally performed by singer/songwriter Robert Vaughan on his 1991 album Songs from the Riverhouse.[8]

"I've Always Got You" was produced by American producer Jimmy Iovine and Campbell. The b-side "Everlasting Love" was produced by Iovine and Zander, as well as being co-produced by MacNeil. "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" was produced by Iovine and Zander, as well as being co-produced and engineered by Phil Kaffel.[9]

The American version of the single featured simple artwork of Zander's head, down to his eyes,[10] whilst the German version featured artwork of Zander sitting in a diner with some cake, whilst being poured a coffee.[6]

Track listing[edit]

CD Single
  1. "I've Always Got You" - 3:40
  2. "Everlasting Love" - 4:34
CD Single (American promo)
  1. "I've Always Got You" - 3:40
CD Single (German Maxi-CD release)
  1. "I've Always Got You" - 3:40
  2. "Everlasting Love" - 4:34
  3. "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" - 4:48
Cassette Single
  1. "I've Always Got You" - 3:40
  2. "Everlasting Love" - 4:34

Critical reception[edit]

In the review for the album Robin Zander, AllMusic noted the song when listing the different musical styles on certain tracks, describing it as "taut, power pop".[11]

In the July 21, 1993, issue of St. Petersburg Times, a review of the album spoke of the song, stating "Sure, there are a few radio-ready cuts here ("Show Me Heaven" and "I've Always Got You"), but overall the album is fairly bland guitar-and-synthesizer formula."[12][13]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart[3] 64
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart[2] 13


  • Robin Zander - lead vocals
  • Producer on "I've Always Got You" - Jimmy Iovine, Mike Campbell
  • Mixer on "I've Always Got You" - David Bianco
  • Drums on "I've Always Got You" - Carlos Vega
  • Acoustic Guitar on "I've Always Got You" - Robin Zander
  • Guitar, synthesizer, Dobro resonator guitar, bass guitar on "I've Always Got You" – Mike Campbell
  • Additional vocals on "I've Always Got You" - J.D. Souther
  • Producer on "Everlasting Love" - Jimmy Iovine, Robin Zander
  • Mixer on "Everlasting Love" - Phil Kaffel
  • Co-producer, programming, keyboards on "Everlasting Love" - Mick MacNeil
  • Drums on "Everlasting Love" - Brian McGhee
  • Guitar on "Everlasting Love" - Gary Taylar
  • Bass guitar on "Everlasting Love" - Derrick Forbes
  • Producer on "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" - Jimmy Iovine, Robin Zander
  • Co-producer, engineer on "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" - Phil Kaffel
  • Mixer on "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" - Bob Clearmountain
  • Drums on "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" - Clem Burke
  • Guitar on "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" - Mike Campbell
  • Keyboards on "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" - Bonnie Hayes
  • Bass guitar on "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" - Richard Ruce
  • Background vocals on "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" - Maria McKee, Edna Wright
  • Writers of "I've Always Got You" – Mike Campbell, Robin Zander, J.D. Souther
  • Writers of "Everlasting Love" - Mick MacNeil, Robin Zander
  • Writers of "Stone Cold Rhythm Shake" – Robert Vaughan
  • A&R Direction - Tom Whalley
  • Management - Ken Adamany
  • Art Direction - Gabrielle Raumberger
  • Typography - Dylan Tran
  • Photography - Mark Seliger


  1. ^ "Robin Zander - Robin Zander at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Robin Zander - Robin Zander". AllMusic. 1993-07-06. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  4. ^ YouTube (2012-06-03). "Robin Zander I've Always Got You". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  5. ^ "Robin Zander "I've Always Got You" Live, Acoustic". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  6. ^ a b "Robin Zander - I've Always Got You (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  7. ^ Image of album
  8. ^ "Songs from the Riverhouse - Robert Vaughan". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  9. ^ Credits listed in booklet for "I've Always Got You" maxi-CD single
  10. ^ "I'Ve Always Got You - Robin Zander: CD". GEMM.com. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  11. ^ Demalon, Tom (1993-07-06). "Robin Zander - Robin Zander". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  12. ^ "SOUND BITES Series%3A SOUND BITES". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 1993-07-23. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  13. ^ https://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&gl=uk&tbm=nws&q=+there+are+a+few+radio-ready+cuts+here+%28Show+Me+Heaven+and+I%27ve+Always+Got+You%29&oq=+there+are+a+few+radio-ready+cuts+here+%28Show+Me+Heaven+and+I%27ve+Always+Got+You%29&gs_l=news-cc.3..43j43i400.2616.2616.0.2944.,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=83c523529644c326&bpcl=36601534&biw=1280&bih=587