I Want to Be There (When You Come)

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"I Want to Be There (When You Come)"
CD#1 cover
Single by Echo & the Bunnymen
from the album Evergreen
Released September 1997
Format CD single, 7" single
Recorded Olympic Studios, London
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:38
Label London
Writer(s) Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch, Les Pattinson
Producer(s) Echo & the Bunnymen
Echo & the Bunnymen singles chronology
"Nothing Lasts Forever"
"I Want to Be There (When You Come)"
"Don't Let It Get You Down"
CD#2 cover
7" single cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
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"I Want to Be There (When You Come)" is a single by Echo & the Bunnymen which was released in September 1997. It was the second single released after Ian McCulloch, Will Sergeant and Les Pattinson reformed the band. It was also the second single to be released from their 1997 album, Evergreen. It reached number 30 on the UK Singles Chart,[1] number 26 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart,[2] and number 16 on the Canadian RPM Alternative 30 chart.[3]


Like their previous single, "Nothing Lasts Forever", the single was released on London Records as a 7-inch single and as two separate CD versions – apart from the title track all three releases had different track listings and each with a different cover.

The B-side to the 7-inch single and the extra tracks of the second CD are acoustic live tracks which were recorded for WHYT radio in Detroit, Michigan. The extra tracks for the first CD are tracks which were recorded for The Jo Whiley Show and were first transmitted on BBC Radio 1 on 11 June 1997.[4]

Written by Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch and Les Pattinson, the title track was also self-produced by the band. It was engineered by Cenzo Townsend and mixed by Mark Stent.[5] The Jo Wiley session tracks were produced by Miti.[4]

Track listings[edit]

All tracks written by Will Sergeant, Ian McCulloch and Les Pattinson except where noted.

7-inch release (London LON399 and 850 986-7)
  1. "I Want to Be There (When You Come)"
  2. "The Killing Moon" (live acoustic version) (Sergeant, McCulloch, Pattinson, Pete de Freitas)
CD No. 1 release (London LONCD399)
  1. "I Want to Be There (When You Come)" – 3:38
  2. "The Killing Moon" (Jo Whiley session) (Sergeant, McCulloch, Pattinson, de Freitas) – 4:51
  3. "Nothing Lasts Forever" (Jo Whiley session) – 4:20
CD No. 2 release (London LOCDP399)
  1. "I Want to Be There (When You Come)" – 3:38
  2. "Lips Like Sugar" (live acoustic version) (Sergeant, McCulloch, Pattinson, de Freitas) – 4:18
  3. "I Want to Be There (When You Come)" (live acoustic version) – 3:36

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 30
US Modern Rock Tracks[2] 26
Canadian RPM Alternative 30[3] 16





  1. ^ a b Roberts, David, ed. (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). HIT Entertainment. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b "Echo & the Bunnymen > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "RPM Alternative 30". RPM 65 (25). 25 August 1997. Retrieved 5 July 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Echo & The Bunnymen – I Want to Be There When You Come". Discogs.com. Retrieved 6 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Echo & The Bunnymen: I Want to Be There When You Come (#1)". Artistdirect. Retrieved 6 May 2008. 

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