Who Says You Can't Go Home

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"Who Says You Can't Go Home"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Have a Nice Day
ReleasedJanuary 30, 2006
FormatCD single, digital download
Songwriter(s)Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Producer(s)John Shanks, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Have a Nice Day"
"Who Says You Can't Go Home"
"Welcome to Wherever You Are"
Audio sample
Music video
"Who Says You Can't Go Home" Video on YouTube

"Who Says You Can't Go Home" is a song written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora for the American rock band Bon Jovi's ninth album Have a Nice Day (2005). The song was produced by John Shanks, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. It was released as the second single in North America in the first quarter of 2006 and reached the top 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, peaking at #23.[1] Outside North America, "Welcome to Wherever You Are" was released as the second single with "Who Says You Can't Go Home" being released as the album's third release on June 12, 2006. The song reached #5 in the UK, becoming the band's second Top 10 single from the album. A version of the song was also shipped to country music radio, featuring duet vocals from Jennifer Nettles of the duo Sugarland and peaked at #1 on the Country charts.

Both versions of the song feature on Have a Nice Day; the original version features as the fourth track, while the country version features as the thirteenth and final track.

Country music version[edit]

In the United States, a version of the song was released to the country music format as a duet with Jennifer Nettles, lead singer of the duo Sugarland.

The country music version was originally recorded as a duet with Keith Urban, who also played banjo on the song. After Jon Bon Jovi decided that Urban's voice was too similar to his own, he asked a representative of Mercury Records to recommend a female duet partner.[2][3] The country version was performed on Saturday Night Live on October 13, 2007.

Music videos[edit]

The music video for the country/Jennifer Nettles version, released in November 2005[4] and directed by Jon's brother, Anthony M. Bongiovi,[5] features Habitat for Humanity volunteers, including members of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League team owned in part by Jon Bon Jovi, building homes for low-income families and was used to promote the organization. It won an award for Best Collaborative Video at the CMT Music Awards in 2006.[6]

The shooting of the music video for the regular version, featuring a man dressed up as a dog, began at the March 9, 2006 Bon Jovi concert at the Glendale Arena outside Phoenix and continued in the Los Angeles area.[7] The video was released in the week of week of March 27, 2006.[8] It was directed by Jeff Labbé through @radical.media,[7] lensed by David Lanzenberg,[9] and edited by Steve Prestemon.[10]

2008 Presidential Election[edit]

During the 2008 US Presidential election, the original version of "Who Says You Can't Go Home" was used frequently at public events supporting the Republican Party. Specifically, the song was a prominent feature at several large rallies supporting vice-presidential candidate and former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin. This use of the song quickly became part of a controversy over several different songs that Republican candidates had been using without the artists' permission, including music by Foo Fighters, Heart, John Mellencamp, and Boston. The Republicans, in turn, claimed "blanket rights" to play the songs at their public events.

In launching the complaint, Bon Jovi stated,

"We were not asked... we do not approve of their use of [the song]. We wrote this song as a thank you to those who have supported us over the past 25 years. The song has since become a banner for our home state of New Jersey and the de facto theme song for our partnerships around the country to build homes and rebuild communities."

Bon Jovi has been an enthusiastic Democratic Party supporter, appearing at a $30,000-per-plate fundraiser in support of President Barack Obama and performing at rallies for various Democratic candidates.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Who Says You Can't Go Home".

UK CD single #1[edit]

  1. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (Radio edit)
  2. "Complicated" (Live In Boston)

UK CD single #2[edit]

  1. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (Radio edit)
  2. "Last Man Standing" (Live in Boston)
  3. "Raise Your Hands" (Live in Boston)
  4. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" music video (dog fursuit version)

Vinyl single[edit]

  1. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (Radio edit)
  2. "Complicated" (Live in Boston)

Digital Download[edit]

  1. "Who Says You Can't Go Home" (Acoustic Version)


Chart (2005–2006) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart 36
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[11] 66
German Singles Chart 54
Irish Singles Chart 30
UK Singles Chart 5
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 23
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[13] 8
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[14] 5
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[15] 1*
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[16] 30

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[17] 9*

* - duet with Jennifer Nettles

Awards and achievements[edit]


  1. ^ "AllMusic (Bon Jovi charts & awards) Billboard singles".
  2. ^ "Bon Jovi's Duet With Jennifer Nettles Hits the Country Top 10". CMT.com. Retrieved 2007-07-14.
  3. ^ "Jon Bon Jovi still aims to connect". Post-gazette.com. July 23, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-14.
  4. ^ "Bon Jovi - Who says you can't go home [version 1: home construction] @ mvdbase.com".
  5. ^ "SARAH DONALDSON - Resume - Actors Access". resumes.actorsaccess.com.
  6. ^ "Nettles Gives Clues About Sugarland's Next Album".
  7. ^ a b "SHOT: Bon Jovi - Jeff Labbe, director".
  8. ^ "Bon Jovi - Who says you can't go home [version 2: human dog] @ mvdbase.com". mvdbase.com - the music video database.
  9. ^ "MYMANAGEMENT.CO.UK - Directors of Photography - David Lanzenberg". Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-03-11. Retrieved 2018-03-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  12. ^ "Bon Jovi Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Bon Jovi Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Bon Jovi Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Bon Jovi Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Bon Jovi Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Best of 2006: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2006. Retrieved July 10, 2012.
  18. ^ "AllMusic (Bon Jovi charts & awards)".