Joni Mitchell, in her evocative anthem, Woodstock, summarizes the aspiration of that moment in her phrase “and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden“…

Whether seeking a physical, emotional or spiritual return, popular music has often turned to returning as inspiration for song.  With today’s collection I conclude our current theme of direction and will look in other directions for my next post.  So let’s get back

And, in this case, I probably don’t need to explain either the artists involved or the song’s  chart placement.


We’ll just move on (or back) to…

Back in Love Again   The Buckinghams

In 1968 The Buckinghams, a Chicago band which had enjoyed a string of hits over the two preceding years, cracked the Top 100 for a final time with this song.

Baby Come Back  Player

In the previous song, the lyricist is exalting in a return to love.  This song takes the form of a plea… and it must have resonated with record buyers because this smooth single by Player reached #1 in 1978.  It was to be their only major hit, however…no comeback.

Take Me Back   Andrae Crouch and The Disciples

We’ve spoken of Andrae Crouch in several posts already.  And so, in this case, it won’t come as much of a surprise to see that he’s referring to a spiritual return in his lyrics.  The song is found on the album of the same name, released in 1975.

andrae crouch

Welcome Back   John Sebastian

Although John Sebastian arguably achieved greatest fame as the leading figure in the 60’s group, The Lovin’ Spoonful, he also enjoyed success as a solo performer.  His song, Welcome Back, reached #1 in 1976 and is inextricably linked to the 70’s series Welcome Back Kotter.  That series (1975-1979)also introduced audiences to Vinnie Barbarino aka John Travolta.

It’s All Coming Back to Me Now         Celine Dion

Sometimes it’s a a return of the physical and memory…

The flesh and the fantasies
All coming back to me
I can barely recall but it’s all coming back to me now

Apparently Meatloaf wanted it but Celine Dion got there first.  Composer Jim Steinman was inspired by Wuthering Heights and envisioned It’s All Coming Back to Me Now as a “woman’s song”.  And it became a major hit for Dion, her second in 1996 (following the success of Because You Loved Me).

That’s the newest song (chronologically) in this set and so how appropriate to finish by going back to the earliest selection…

My Boyfriend’s Back     The Angels

It’s 1963 and the song’s release coincides with the end of summer holidays.  For three weeks, it’s a #1 hit for The Angels.  This “back” comes with a warning…

and, if we’re travelling the road back today, Van Morrison has some sound advice… take us home, Van…





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