Leaving Las Vegas (song)

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"Leaving Las Vegas"
Sheryl crow seven inch vinyl leaving las vegas US.jpg
7" US single
Single by Sheryl Crow
from the album Tuesday Night Music Club
B-side "The Na-Na Song" "Reach Around Jerk"
Released June 18, 1994
Format CD single, Cassette
Genre Rock
Length 5:10 (album version)
Writer(s) Sheryl Crow, David Baerwald, Bill Bottrell, Brian MacLeod, David Ricketts, Kevin Gilbert
Producer(s) Bill Bottrell
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"All I Wanna Do"
"Leaving Las Vegas"
"Strong Enough"

"Leaving Las Vegas" is a song written by David Baerwald and performed by Sheryl Crow which appears on Crow's debut album Tuesday Night Music Club. Sheryl Crow performed the song on her live album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park.


The song's title was based on a book by the same name by the late John O'Brien, who was a good friend of one of the song's writers, David Baerwald. However, on a performance on the Late Show with David Letterman, Sheryl Crow stated that the song was "autobiographical". This infuriated Baerwald and the rest of the original Tuesday Night Music Club who helped write most of the album. Though O'Brien's suicide occurred soon after this incident, his family came forward to state there was no connection.[1]

Music video[edit]

The song was accompanied by Crow's first ever promotional video. It was directed by David Hogan, who also shot her video for "All I Wanna Do". The 1993 video shows Crow performing the song with her guitar in the dark, with only some parts of her face lit up. Other scenes include famous Vegas images such as dancers and Elvis Presley lookalikes walking on a highway, "leaving Las Vegas", and Peter Berg driving with Crow in the passenger seat of his convertible. The video uses an edited version of the song.

Track listing[edit]

UK cassette single (Cat. No. 580 644-4)
  1. "Leaving Las Vegas"
  2. "Leaving Las Vegas" - Live in Nashville
UK CD #1 (Cat. No. 580 645-2)
  1. "Leaving Las Vegas"
  2. "I Shall Believe" - Live at the Borderline
  3. "What I Can Do for You" - Live at the Borderline
UK CD #2 (Cat. No. 580 647-2)
  1. "Leaving Las Vegas" - Live in Nashville
  2. "No One Said It Would Be Easy" - Live in Nashville
  3. "The Na-Na Song" - Live in Nashville

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
Canada (RPM) 29
UK Singles Chart 66
US Billboard Hot 100 60
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 31
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 8