"Here I Go Again" is a song by British rock band Whitesnake. Originally released on their 1982 album, Saints & Sinners, the power ballad[1] 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.[2]

"Here I Go Again"
Single by Whitesnake
from the album Saints & Sinners
B-side"Bloody Luxury"
Released15 November 1982
Format7" single
StudioGoodnight L.A. Studios, Los Angeles, USA, 1989-1990
Producer(s)Martin Birch
Whitesnake singles chronology
"Would I Lie to You"
"Here I Go Again"
"Victim of Love"
"Here I Go Again"
Single by Whitesnake
from the album Whitesnake
B-side"Guilty of Love"
GenreGlam metal
  • 4:36 (album version)
  • 3:54 (radio edit mix)
Whitesnake singles chronology
"Crying in the Rain"
"Here I Go Again"
"Is This Love"

Background and writingEdit

The 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".[3]


The song is composed in the key of G major and a tempo of 91 BPM.[4]

Music videoEdit

The music video for the re-recorded version was directed by Marty Callner.[5] The video includes appearances by model Julie E. "Tawny" Kitaen, who was briefly married to Whitesnake's David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991.

Single versionsEdit

There 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.[8]


Original 1982 version from Saints & Sinners:

1987 version from Whitesnake:

1987 radio-mix version:

Chart performanceEdit

This song is notable for being the only Whitesnake song to get airplay on adult contemporary stations despite the fact "Is This Love" reached number 38 there and this song did not chart at all on the AC charts.[9]

Charts and certificationsEdit

Cover versionsEdit

  • A dance cover version by Frash was a minor hit in the UK in 1995, reaching number 69.[27]
  • In 2004, a dance/pop version of "Here I Go Again" was recorded by Polish dancer and singer Mandaryna.[28] Released as the debut single from her debut album Mandaryna.com, the song became a hit in Poland. It was later remixed by Axel Konrad of Groove Coverage for the single release in German speaking countries.


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  26. ^ "British single certifications – Whitesnake – Here I Go Again". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 January 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Here I Go Again in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  27. ^ "FRASH | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  28. ^ "Mandaryna Here I go again - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 20 October 2017.