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Here I Go Again by Whitesnake

Album: Whitesnake 1987Released: 1987Charted:
  • Whitesnake leader David Coverdale wrote this song in Portugal. While it's typically thought of as an inspiring song about facing your challenges head-on, it's really a song about heartbreak and the loneliness that comes with it. The song documents the breakdown of Coverdale's first marriage to Julia, with whom he tied the knot in 1974.
  • This was written in 1981 after Whitesnake toured the UK. The band went on hiatus when lead singer David Coverdale's daughter got sick that year, but this was resurrected in 1982 when he reformed the group and released Saints 'N' Sinners. The new version changed the line "Like a hobo I was born to walk alone" to "Like a drifter I was born to walk alone."
  • This was first released in 1982 on Whitesnake's album Saints 'N' Sinners. The album went to #34 in the UK, but was hardly noticed in the US. In 1987, it was remixed with new backing vocals and more slick production for the album Whitesnake 1987. It became a huge hit in the US and also did well in England, where it was released as the "US Mix."
  • Coverdale formed Whitesnake after leaving Deep Purple. Since he was well known in the UK, Whitesnake did well there, but they did not hit it big in the US until this album, which had a very radio-friendly sound.
  • Whitesnake opened for Motley Crue when they toured the US in support of the Whitesnake 1987 album.
  • The video features very quick clips of the actress Tawny Kitaen dancing seductively on the hood of two Jaguars (cars, not cats). One belonged to Coverdale, the other belonged to the guy who directed the video. It was a huge hit on MTV, and one of the first "tease" videos. Especially among hair bands, it became popular to show flashes of beautiful women throughout the video to keep the viewers interested.

    Kitaen, who was in the movie Bachelor Party, also appeared in the Whitesnake videos "Still Of The Night," "Is This Love?," and "The Deeper The Love." She and Coverdale were married in 1989 and divorced in 1991.
  • This song entered the news in 2002 under some strange circumstances. Tawny Kitaen married the baseball player Chuck Finley in 1997. In April 2002, she was arrested for spousal abuse after kicking him with her high-heeled shoes while he was driving. Finley filed for divorce soon after.

    Soon after Kitaen was arrested, the DJ for the Chicago White Sox was fired for playing this song to the stadium while Finley was warning up for his team, the Cleveland Indians.
  • As portrayed in the 2010 movie The Fighter, this was the theme song for the boxer Micky Ward, who used it for inspiration during training and before fights. Coverdale recalled on the VH1 Classic program That Metal Show that he read the script for The Fighter before he gave permission for the song to be used in the movie. "I [didn't] know how good it [was] going to be," he said. "But to see Christian Bale, 'Batman' singing your tune, are you kidding! It was amazing, very uplifting and inspiring. I thought the movie was great."
  • The song was used by retail giant Walmart in an August 2016 "Back To School" commercial.
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Comments: 27

To Jeff....if you watch the YouTube video attached to this page, you can see said breast at 2:19. Sorry you're not the only one who "has" the video.Candy - Augusta, Ks
There are actually 3 versions of this song: 1) On the "Saints & Sinners" album in 1982, 2) the album version released in 1987 and 3) the radio version that actually went to no. 1 in the US. The radio version doesn't feature any of the musicians playing on the 1987 album and was recorded with Dann Huff on guitars, Denny Carmassi on drums and Bill Cuomo on keyboards. I think Mark Andes played some bass on it too.
The solo on the 1987 album version was played by Adrian Vandenberg, the only member who appeared on the album (he only played that solo) and eventually joined the touring band. Most people in the US think that the touring line-up of Vandenberg, Campbell, Sarzo, Aldridge and Coverdale recorded the album. That is wrong as the album was played by Coverdale, John Sykes, Neil Murray and Aynsley Dunbar with the help of a few keyboards players of which Don Airey.
Laurent - Manama, Bahrain
I love this video, Mr. Coverdale is clearly loving every minute of it and they look great together....Charity - London, United Kingdom
I have a great appreciation for this song. Figure this, your leaving something thats not working.. Your heading out on your own. You may not be a drifter however, but just a person of selfworth and perseverance. It's always tough going out on your own. Then there's a song that can make it all make sense for a moment or two. We all associate life with a song. Just turn it up and feel strong for that moment, or maybe for a day. Just a little thought.Diann - Evansville, In
David Coverdale already approached Dutch guitar player Ad(rian) Vandenberg in 1980 to join Whitesnake. David was impressed with Adrian's playing, but even more about his songwriting skills. It took six years to convince Vandenberg to finally join Whitesnake. He was the one playing that übercool guitar solo in 'Here I Go again'. After the album was released, Adrian also did the tour, for almost all other bandmembers were fired by Coverdale when the recordings were completed.Edo - Willemstad, Netherlands Antilles
this song is literally my theme song i am a very lonely person. My other theme song is behind blue eyes by the who partly because i have blue eyes both awesome songsChase - Miami, Fl
And NOT ONE PERSON has mentioned Bowling for Soup's 1985 ??: She was gonna shake her ass
on the hood of Whitesnake's car
Dale - Santa Fe, Nm
This song is referenced in "Talladega Nights" when Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) is sitting at a table and the girl he falls in love with starts dancing on the table, just like the girls in the video on the car do. And he says "This is just like in the Whitesnake video!"Laura K. - Toccoa, Ga
I meant he is pretty cool in the video the other comment just sounds stupidMaggie - Optional?, Oh
This song is amazing, the chorus sounds so good. The guy is pretty singing is pretty cool when he is in the music videoMaggie - Optional?, Oh
Okay, here is a very obscure reference. If anyone is familiar with the website homestarrunner.com they will understand. In a Strong Bad E-mail where The Cheat fills in for him, the e-mail asks Strong Bad if he can do a cartwheel. While cartwheeling, the Cheat's computer says "here i go again on my own." I nearly fell on the floor laughing becuase Strong Bad is a rock fan. I'm sure that this was the reason that it was put in there. Now...back to your regularly scheduled program already in progress...Brandon - Peoria, Il
I don't think "Still of the Night" sounds like Black Dog, but it definitely has a Zeppelin-esque sound to it (almost like Plant was telling Coverdale how to sing it). Here I Go Again is pretty much a perfect song.Myles - Seal Beach, Ca
This song's about a guy who is having a hard time with love and he knows he can't dwell on it so he's gotta go on his own like's he's done all along.........Kory - Atlanta, Ga
Totally agree Phil. Has anyone heard the whitesnake song Still of the night. it sounds JUST like led zeppelins "black dog"Mia - Wellston, Mi
i love this song, but what exactly is it about? To me it seems as if it were about someone trying to find themself. Am I right?Victor - Vienna, Va
This song was in the recent movie "Old School"Jonothan - Adelaide, Australia
I though David Lee Roth was in this band too.Megan - Ozark, Al
Wasn't this pretty much Whitesnake's only hit in the US at least??Aj - Cleveland, Ga
I saw Whitesnake open for Jethro Tull (Oakland), back then it was mainly members from Deep Purple, and of course Coverdale, such a Robert Plant rip off! Later remember Coverdale / Page?Phil - San Jose, Ca
Possibly my favourite band... Seen em about 12 times, and have all my guitars signed by coverdale marsden and moody!! They bloody rock dude!!Guisseppe - Bradford Uk, England
plays quite a large part in the film "old school" starring vince vaughn and will farellToby - Wolverhampton, England
Tawny Kitaen, David's ex-wife was also the subject of the Whitesnake song "Kitten's Got Claws"Anoop - Bangalore, India
i love the guiatar solo, its a really underrated soloCharlie - Thomaston, Ct
My favorite song of all-time. This song is a perfect example of why the 80's rocked!Kurt - Downers Grove, Il
For my generation, I think the first thing that comes to mind is Will Ferrell in "Old School". Awesome movie, with awesome songs to back it up.Jordan - Kissimmee, Fl
I once had a dream I was going to marry Dave Coverdale...it was really weird...at any rate, this song is one my all-time favorites. And my old college roommate said that this was the class song for her sister's graduating class, which was in 2000...Krie - Ft. Drum, Ny
The original video showed Kitaen leaning out the window of the car and the wind blew her dress open a little to much revealing her left nipple. Although only shown for a split second, it was edited out but I've still got the original on video...Jeff - Oscoda, Mi
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