There She Goes

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This article is about the song by The La's. For the song by Babyface, see There She Goes (Babyface song). For the song by Taio Cruz, see There She Goes (Taio Cruz song). For the song by Velvet Underground, see There She Goes Again.
"There She Goes"
Single by The La's
from the album The La's
B-side "Come In, Come Out"
"Who Knows"
"Man I'm Only Human"
"All by Myself"
Released 31 October 1988
22 October 1990 (re-issue)
20 September 1999 (2nd re-issue)
31 March 2008 (3rd re-issue)
Format 7" single, CD single
Recorded 1988
Woodcray Studios, Wokingham
Genre Alternative rock, power pop, jangle pop, psychedelic pop
Length 2:31
Label Go! Discs (GOLAS 2)
Writer(s) L.A. Mavers
Producer(s) Bob Andrews
The La's singles chronology
"Way Out"
"There She Goes"
"Timeless Melody"
The La's singles chronology
"Timeless Melody"
"There She Goes"

"There She Goes (2nd Re-issue)"

"There She Goes (3rd Re-issue)"

Music sample

"There She Goes" is a song by English rock band, The La's and written by the band's frontman Lee Mavers.

In May 2007, the NME magazine placed the song at number 45 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.[1]

Lyrics and meaning[edit]

Structurally, the song is very simple and contains no verses, only a single chorus repeated four times and a bridge. The song borrows from The Velvet Underground's "There She Goes Again", particularly the accents that separate the choruses.[citation needed]

"There She Goes" has gained a reputation for being about the use of heroin, possibly as a result of the lines: "There she goes again... racing through my brain... pulsing through my vein... no one else can heal my pain". Several newspapers ran articles about The La's and their apparent ode to heroin. When asked about the rumour in 1995, the group's bassist John Power replied: "I don't know. Truth is, I don't wanna know. Drugs and madness go hand in hand. People who you've known all your life... they're steady, then they're not. But you can't ponder, 'cause it kills you, la."[2] However, in the book In Search of The La's: A Secret Liverpool (2003) by MW Macefield, ex-La's guitarist Paul Hemmings denied the rumour and added: "Jeremy Fisher, you don't know what you are talking about." In an interview with the BBC, lead guitarist for the single John Byrne also denied the rumour, stating: "It’s just a love song about a girl that you like but never talk to."[citation needed]

Release and reception[edit]

The first version of the song, produced by Bob Andrews, was released by The La's in 1988, and again on 2 January 1989, but failed to chart. Andrews' production of the song was remixed by Steve Lillywhite in 1990 for inclusion on their debut album The La's.[3] This remixed version was issued as a single on 22 October 1990 and hit number 13 in the UK charts (and later hit number 49 in the U.S.). It was the biggest success The La's were ever to enjoy and remains the song for which the band is chiefly remembered.[citation needed]

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "There She Goes" at number 45 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.[1] In 2008, it was also re-released as a vinyl single for its 20th anniversary.

Music video[edit]

There are two music videos for this song. The first music video, released in 1988 and recorded on a camcorder, was shot in the English countryside and in the band's home town of Liverpool. It shows the band performing in an alleyway and on a hill, as well as footage from their concerts. The band are also seen in a park. The video ends with a shot of the drum logo.

The second music video, released in 1990, was more professional. Recorded with a TV camera and shot in Los Angeles, California, it shows the band performing in a street and a town and in a ghetto with footage of a woman in her 20's or 30's in the video. They are also shown performing with city buildings behind them: one revealed to be the U.S. Bank Tower. The lead guitarist, Peter Camell and drummer Neil Mavers are revealed as the two new members. The video ends with a shot of the woman's face.

Use in media[edit]

It has appeared on several film soundtracks, including The Parent Trap; Fever Pitch; Girl, Interrupted; Cold Case, and So I Married an Axe Murderer (where both the original and Boo Radleys version appear). It also opens the "Pilot" episode of Gilmore Girls.[4]

For several seasons in the 1990s the song's distinctive guitar riff was used as backing for the 'Goal of the Month' clips on BBC TV's Match Of The Day.[citation needed]

The song appeared in the 20th episode of the British television comedy-drama Shameless.

The song was used as the theme music for the 1999 BBC docusoap, Holiday Reps.

In 2010 the song was used in an advert for DFS.

It has been used by the BBC news programme Newsnight over five times between 1990 and 2013, as of latest. Mostly as soundtrack to whenever they showed Margaret Thatcher leaving 10 Downing Street after she resigned in 1990. It was last used when the show did a special tribute to her death, the day she died in April 2013.

The song was played at the end of the fourth episode of the VH1 series Hindsight.

The song was also used for the opening montage of the first episode of Channel 4's drama series This Is England '90 which also featured Margaret Thatcher's resignation speech.[5]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Other reissues[edit]


The La's[6]
  • Lee Mavers – guitar, vocals
  • John Power – bass, backing vocals
  • John "Boo" Byrne – guitar
  • Chris Sharrock – drums
  • Barry Sutton – guitar (on "All by Myself")
  • Paul Hemmings – guitar (on "Way Out")
  • John "Timmo" Timson – drums (on "Way Out")
  • Peter "Cammy" Camell – guitar (on "Man I'm Only Human" and "There She Goes" John Leckie version)
  • Iain Templeton – drums (on "Man I'm Only Human" and "There She Goes" John Leckie version)
  • Bob Andrews – producer
  • Dave Charles – engineer
  • Jeremy Allom – engineer, producer (on "All by Myself")
  • Mike Haas – engineer (on "All by Myself")
  • Steve Lillywhite – producer, mixing (on "Freedom Song"), remixing (on "There She Goes" 1990 version)
  • Mark Wallis – additional producer, engineer (on "Freedom Song")
Other personnel
  • Ryan Art – design

Chart performance[edit]

1988 release[edit]

Charts (1988) Peak position(s)
UK Singles Chart 57

1990 release[edit]

Charts (1990–1991) Peak position(s)
UK Singles Chart 13
Dutch Top 40 57
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 49
U.S. Modern Rock Tracks 2

Sixpence None the Richer version[edit]

"There She Goes"
Single by Sixpence None the Richer
from the album Sixpence None the Richer
Released April 14, 1999
Format CD, Radio airplay
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 2:43
Label Squint/Elektra
Sixpence None the Richer singles chronology
"Kiss Me"
"There She Goes"
"I Can't Catch You"

Sixpence None the Richer released a cover version of the song in 1999 as the second single from their self-titled album, Sixpence None the Richer. The band's rendition of the song reached no. 14 on the UK Singles Chart, the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top 10 of Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart.

This version of the song is featured in the opening sequence of the episode "The Opening" (season 3, episode 9) of HBO drama Six Feet Under, when a female character shuts herself in the garage in her activated car, while listening to the song on a cassette.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "There She Goes" – 2:42
  2. "There She Goes" (Ben Grosse mix) – 2:42
  3. "Kiss Me" (acoustic version) – 3:12

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
UK Singles Chart 14
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 32
US Billboard Adult Top 40[7] 7
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[7] 19
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40[7] 13

Other cover versions[edit]


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