Where Did Your Heart Go?

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"Where Did Your Heart Go?"
Single by Was (Not Was)
from the album Was (Not Was)
A-side"Wheel Me Out" (UK)
B-side"It's an Attack!" (France)
ReleasedSeptember 1981 (US)
Format7", 12"
RecordedThe Sound Suite, January–March 1981
GenrePost-disco, dance-rock
Length4:51
LabelZE, Island
Songwriter(s)D. Was, D. Was
Producer(s)David Was, Don Was, Jack Tann, Michael Zilkha
Was (Not Was) singles chronology
"Out Come the Freaks"
(1981)
"Where Did Your Heart Go?" / "Wheel Me Out"
(1981)
"Tell Me That I'm Dreaming"
(1982)

"Where Did Your Heart Go?" is a song written by American musicians David Was and Don Was. The song was first recorded and released by the writers' disco-dance-rock band Was (Not Was) as a single in the UK as a double A-side with "Wheel Me Out" in September 1981. The single did not chart. It was featured as the second track on the band's début album Was (Not Was) in August 1981. French editions of the single included the track "It's an Attack!" as the B-side.

A live recording of "Where Did Your Heart Go?" was included as a B-side to the 1992 single "Somewhere in America (There's a Street Named After My Dad)".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by D. Was and D. Was.

7": ZE-Island / WIP 6716 (UK)
No.TitleLength
1."Where Did Your Heart Go?"4:51
2."Wheel Me Out"3:33

All tracks written by D. Was and D. Was.

12": ZE-Island / 12WIP 6716 (UK)
No.TitleLength
1."Where Did Your Heart Go?"4:51
2."Wheel Me Out" (long version)7:04

Wham! version[edit]

"Where Did Your Heart Go?"
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Single by Wham!
from the album The Final / Music from the Edge of Heaven
B-side"Wham Rap '86"
ReleasedOctober 14, 1986
Format7", 12"
Recorded1986
GenrePop
Length5:42
5:05 (7" edit)
LabelCBS Records
Epic Records
Songwriter(s)Dave Was, Don Was
Producer(s)George Michael
Wham! singles chronology
"The Edge of Heaven"
(1986)
"Where Did Your Heart Go?"
(1986)

"Where Did Your Heart Go?" was covered by the British pop duo Wham! on 14 October 1986 as one of the three B-sides to "The Edge of Heaven" in the UK, where it reached number 1.[1] The song was also released separately as Wham!'s final single in several territories most notably in the US where it peaked at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1986. It was produced and re-arranged by George Michael with engineering by Chris Porter. "Where Did Your Heart Go?" was also included on The Final and Music from the Edge of Heaven albums.

Arrangement[edit]

George Michael's arrangement of "Where Did Your Heart Go?" is relatively faithful to the original Was (Not Was) version making only subtle changes to the song's instrumentation and structure. Michael alters the song by dropping the opening chorus in favour of an instrumental introduction of the chorus melody. The subdued ending is protracted in the Wham! recording, where the Was (Not Was) original quickly fades out after the completion of the final chorus; Michael's arrangement continues for an additional half a minute.

Wham!'s recording of "Where Did Your Heart Go?", while structurally similar to the Was (Not Was) original, leans toward to a soft rock ballad due to changes to the tempo and vocal inflection. Michael's arrangement is more spare and reliant on synthesizers and saxophone to convey the melody. Michael's vocals are less immersed in the backing arrangement in which the bass guitar and drums are markedly quieter in the mix. His vocal is more low-key than Sweet Pea Atkinson's, except for the final line of the third verse, "and drifted out of sight", which is accentuated.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the Wham! version of the song was directed by George Michael and Andy Morahan.[2]

Track listing[edit]

7": Columbia / 38-06294 (US)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Where Did Your Heart Go?"Dave Was, Don Was5:05
2."Wham Rap '86"George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley6:33
12": Epic / EPC 650150 6 (Netherlands)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Where Did Your Heart Go?"Dave Was, Don Was5:45
2."Wham Rap '86"George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley6:33

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[3] 54
Ö3 Austria Top 40[4] 23
Iceland (RÚV)[5] 15
Dutch Top 100[6] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK Charts > Wham!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
  2. ^ Garcia, Alex S. "mvdbase.com - Wham! - "Where did your heart go?"". Music Video DataBase. Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc)|format= requires |url= (help). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Austrian Charts > Wham!" (in German). austriancharts.at Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  5. ^ "Wham! Chart History". RÚV. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  6. ^ "Dutch Charts > Wham!" (ASP). Hung Medien (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
  7. ^ "Wham! > Album & Song Chart History > Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2012-12-23.