When You Come Back to Me Again

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"When You Come Back to Me Again"
Single by Garth Brooks
from the album Scarecrow
Released May 8, 2000
Format CD single, 7"
Genre Country
Length 4:44
Label Capitol Nashville
Songwriter(s) Jenny Yates, Garth Brooks
Producer(s) Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks singles chronology
"Do What You Gotta Do"
"When You Come Back to Me Again"
"Katie Wants a Fast One"
"Do What You Gotta Do"
"When You Come Back to Me Again"
"Katie Wants a Fast One"

"When You Come Back to Me Again" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Garth Brooks. The other writer on the song was Jenny Yates. The song was recorded for the movie Frequency. It was then released in May 2000 as the lead single from the album, Scarecrow. Trisha Yearwood, who later became Brooks' wife, provides harmony vocals. The song reached number 21 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts and peaked at number 23 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.[1] The song received a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Original Song.

Background and writing[edit]

The song is a ballad, penned, in part about Brooks' mother's death. He told Billboard magazine that the song is about lighthouses in his life. Brooks said, "that lighthouse is my mother, that lighthouse is also those people you played live to, that lighthouse is also the music because the music is like the air or the water, it simply is."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was co-directed by Gerry Wenner and Brooks and premiered in May 2000. The video was put together with clips from the film as well as Brooks singing the song against a black background, wearing all black (the view only being a face shot). The video begins and ends with a glow of light from a lighthouse panning out across the screen. Once in each end of the video a figure (presumably Garth) can be seen on the far right of the screen during one of the light movements.

Chart performance[edit]

"When You Come Back to Me Again" debuted at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the chart week of May 13, 2000.

Chart (2000) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 23
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[4] 5
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[5] 29
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 21

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 75

Other versions[edit]

In 2014, Steve Lawrence released a version of this song after watching the movie Frequency about three times on cable. While sitting in the audience at a Garth Brooks show in Las Vegas, Lawrence requested the song from the audience at the end of a show, but Brooks couldn't see who had requested the song due to the arena spotlights.[8][9]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Billboard, November 3, 2001, Vol. 107, No. 24, Page 106.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 7228." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. July 24, 2000. Retrieved July 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "Garth Brooks Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Garth Brooks Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Garth Brooks Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Best of 2000: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2000. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ Miller, Dennis (2014-02-12). "The Dennis Miller Show" (Interview). Interviewed by Dennis Miller. 
  9. ^ "Steve Lawrence Finds Friend in Garth Brooks on First Album Since Eydie's Passing". Retrieved 2014-05-13.