Here I Go Again
"Here I Go Again" is a song by British rock band Whitesnake. Originally released on their 1982 album, Saints & Sinners, the power ballad was re-recorded for their 1987 self-titled album. The song was re-recorded again the same year in a new "radio-mix" version, which was released as a single and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on 10 October 1987, and number nine on the UK Singles Chart on 28 November 1987. The 1987 version also hit number one on the Canadian Singles Chart on 24 October 1987. In 2006, the 1987 version was ranked number 17 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s.
Background and writingThe song was written by the lead singer, David Coverdale, and former Whitesnake guitarist, Bernie Marsden. The most notable difference between the original and re-recorded versions are a slight change in the lyrics and a different pace, as well as a missed "flam" at 4:22.
The chorus of the original version features the lines:
And here I go again on my own Goin' down the only road I've ever known Like a hobo I was born to walk alone
In an interview, Coverdale explained that "hobo" was changed to "drifter" in the re-recorded version to ensure that it would not be misheard as "homo".
CompositionThe song is composed in the key of G major and a tempo of 91 BPM.
The music video for the re-recorded version was directed by Marty Callner. The video includes appearances by model Julie E. "Tawny" Kitaen, who was briefly married to Whitesnake's David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991.
Single versionsThere are several different versions of the song, all recorded officially by Whitesnake.
In 1987, EMI released a limited Collectors Poster Edition 'USA Single Remix' 7" vinyl [EMP 35], the B-side of which consists of an engraved signature version, and the sleeve of which unfolds into a poster of the band.
PersonnelOriginal 1982 version from Saints & Sinners:
1987 version from Whitesnake:
1987 radio-mix version: