Goin‘ Back

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I remember Dusty Springfield's version of "Goin’ Back" from my early childhood (yes, it was an oldie even then!). I recall announcing I liked it because it was the only English-language song I'd heard mentioning things kids cared about. I must have been about four.

A bunch of people have covered and continue to cover it: The Byrds, Freddie Mercury, Diana Ross, Nils Lofgren, Chrissie Hynde, *cough* Bon Jovi*cough*, etc etc. I only recently learned it had a bit of a weird history: it was originally recorded and released by Goldie in 1966 but was withdrawn after a week because the songwriters (the famed Brill Building stalwarts Gerry Goffin and Carole King) objected to lyric changes. Dusty Springfield recorded it a few months later—apparently with more lyric changes, or at least with lyrics that don't match what Carole King herself used. Everyone else changes the words too: even Phil Collins couldn't resist. So I figured I could safely tweak a phrase: I'll just flash the Carole King gang sign and deliver mad props to CK1 regardless. (It's also—apocryphally—the song that got David Crosby fired from The Byrds, so it has that going for it!)

At any rate: trying this tune is kind of a flashback to my very early years, and an attempt to do something downtempo: all musicians will tell you the slow songs are the hardest. It's also late in the calendar, so I figured it was time to drown something in reverb. I borrowed a second acoustic guitar for this (I'm still trying to figure out how to record those), and Geoff Novi kindly played some real lap steel to replace my very weak attempts at lap steel fakery.

Geoff Novi - Lap steel
Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King

(Released November 2019)