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You'll Accomp'ny Me

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"You'll Accomp'ny Me"
Single by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
from the album Against the Wind
B-side"Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight"
ReleasedJuly 1980
StudioCriteria (Miami)
GenreSoft rock, country rock
  • 4:00 (album version)
  • 3:36 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Bob Seger
Producer(s)Punch Andrews, Bob Seger
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band singles chronology
"Against the Wind"
"You'll Accomp'ny Me"
"The Horizontal Bop"

"You'll Accomp'ny Me" is a song written and recorded by American rock singer Bob Seger. It appears on his album Against the Wind.[1]


The song is in the key of E major with a main chord pattern of A–E.[2]


It reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3]

An entry in the Encyclopedia of Classic Rock describes the song as "forecast[ing] his career direction by crossing over onto Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart".[4] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic wrote in a review of Against the Wind that "the record really starts to kick into high gear with 'You'll Accomp'ny Me,' a ballad the equal of anything on its two predecessors."[5] Jim Harrington of The Mercury News selected "You'll Accomp'ny Me" as one of Seger's 10 best songs and as his "best love song."[6] Billboard said that it "starts out as a melodic ballad and gains almost inspirational momentum" by the end.[7] Cash Box called it a "genteel mid-tempo romance," stating that "drum and woodblock set the rhythm, but piano and swelling organ provide the passion."[8] Record World predicted the single would reach the Top 10, saying that Seger's inimitable vocals are backed by gospel-like chorus colors."[9]


Credits are adapted from the liner notes of Seger's 1994 Greatest Hits compilation.[10]

The Silver Bullet Band

Additional musicians

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[11] 23
Canadian RPM Top 100 8
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[13] 17

Other versions[edit]

Country music artist Frankie Ballard covered the song for his 2016 album El Río, and it was released to country radio in February 2017.[14] The song charted at number 57, becoming Ballard's lowest-peaking single of his career.

French-Canadian Folk singer Anna McGarrigle wrote a French-language version of the song titled "Tu Vas M'Accompaneger". She performed it regularly at concerts during the 1980s,[15] and it was included on Kate and Anna McGarrigle's 1982 album Love Over and Over.[16]

Christine Albert included a version of the song where she altered between Bob Seger's original lyrics and Anna McGarrigle's French translation on her album Texafrance in 2008.[17]


  1. ^ "Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - You'll Accomp'ny Me - swisscharts.com". Retrieved 2008-04-28.
  2. ^ "'You'll Accomp'ny Me' sheet music". musicnotes.com. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  3. ^ "You'll Accomp'ny Me" at Billboard.com
  4. ^ Lurhssen, David; Larson, Michael (24 February 2017). Encyclopedia of Classic Rock. p. 327. ISBN 9781440835148.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Against the Wind review". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  6. ^ Harrington, Jim (March 1, 2015). "Bob Seger: Here Are 10 Best Songs". The Mercury News. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  7. ^ "Top Single Picks" (PDF). Billboard. July 26, 1980. p. 70. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  8. ^ "CashBox Singles Reviews" (PDF). Cash Box. July 26, 1980. p. 13. Retrieved 2022-01-01.
  9. ^ "Hits of the World" (PDF). Record World. July 26, 1980. p. 1. Retrieved 2023-02-20.
  10. ^ Greatest Hits (CD). Bob Seger. Capitol Records. 1994. CDP 7243 8 30334 2 3.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  11. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1980-11-15. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  12. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  13. ^ https://www.billboard.com/artist/bob-seger/chart-history/asi/
  14. ^ "Hear Frankie Ballard's Next Single, 'You'll Accomp'ny Me'". The Boot. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Toronto, May '82". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  16. ^ "Kate & Anna McGarrigle - Love Over And Over". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-08-17.
  17. ^ "Christine Albert - Texafrance". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-07-01.