Never Be You

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"Never Be You"
Single by Rosanne Cash
from the album Rhythm & Romance
B-side Closing Time
Released September 1985
Genre Country
Length 3:28
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Benmont Tench
Tom Petty
Producer(s) David Malloy
Rodney Crowell
David Thoener
Rosanne Cash singles chronology
"I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me"
"Never Be You"
"Hold On"

"Never Be You" is a song written by Tom Petty and Benmont Tench, and was first released in 1983 by Maria McKee. The song appeared on the "Streets of Fire" film soundtrack album and was recorded by American country music artist Rosanne Cash. Cash recorded a version for the film, but her version was not used (Cash's original version was released for the first time on her 2005 compilation "The Very Best of Rosanne Cash"). Cash's version was released in September 1985 as the second single from the album Rhythm & Romance. "Never Be You" was Rosanne Cash's fifth number one on the country chart. The single went to number one for one week and spent a total of 16 weeks on the chart.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985–1986) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 77. 
  2. ^ "Rosanne Cash – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Rosanne Cash.

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Preceded by
by Dan Seals
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

January 25, 1986
Succeeded by
"Just in Case"
by The Forester Sisters
Preceded by
"Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)"
by Ronnie Milsap
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single of the year

Succeeded by
"Give Me Wings"
by Michael Johnson