I Can Never Go Home Anymore

The Shangri-Las

About I Can Never Go Home Anymore

"I Can Never Go Home Anymore" is a song written by Shadow Morton and performed by The Shangri-Las. It reached #6 on the U. S. pop chart in 1965. It was featured on their 1966 album I Can Never Go Home Anymore. The single was arranged by Artie Butler and produced by Shadow Morton.


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I'm gonna hide if she don't leave me alone
I'm gonna run away

Cause you can never go home anymore

Listen.  Does this sound familiar?  You wake up every morning, go to 
School every day, spend your nights on the corner just passing the time away.  
Your life is so lonely like a child without a toy.  Then a miracle-a boy.  And that's 
Called "glad."  Now my mom is a good mom and she loves me with all her heart.  
But she said I was too young to be in love and the boy and I would have to part.  
And no matter how I ranted and raved, I screamed, I pleaded, I cried-she told me it 
Was not really love but only my girlish pride.  And that's called "bad."

(Never go home anymore)

Now if that's happened to you, don't let this.  I packed my clothes and 
Left home that night.  Though she begged me to stay, I was sure I was right.  And 
You know something funny?? I forgot that boy right away.  Instead I remember 
Being tucked in bed and hearing my mama say

(Hush, little baby, don't you cry)
(Mama won't go away)

(You can never go home anymore)
I can never go home anymore

Do you ever get that feeling and want to kiss and hug her?  Do it now
Tell her you love her.  Don't do to your mom what I did to mine.  She grew so lonely 
In the end.  Angels picked her for a friend.

And I can never go home (never) anymore
And that's called "sad".

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The Shangri-Las

The Shangri-Las were an American pop girl group of the 1960s. Between 1964 and 1966 they charted with often heartbreaking teen melodramas, and remain best known for "Leader of the Pack" and "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)". more »

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12 facts about this song

Release Information
"I Can Never Go Home Anymore" by The Shangri-Las was released in 1965 as a single.
Billboard Rank
The song reached #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Produced by
Shadow Morton, a songwriter and producer famous for creating hits for the girl group genre, produced the single.
Band Members
The Shangri-Las were a girl group consisting of four members: Mary Weiss (lead singer), Betty Weiss, and twins Margie and Mary Ann Ganser.
Background Vocals
The song features a boys' choir singing the chorus in the background.
Emotional Storytelling
The song is renowned for its narrative storytelling, detailing a girl's emotional turmoil after leaving home.
Unique Concept
This song incorporated spoken verse to recount the story, which was relatively unheard of back in the 1960s pop music scene.
Re-Recorded Versions
In 1976, lead singer Mary Weiss re-recorded the song for a compilation album.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by several artists in the years since its release, including a 1972 version by Dolly Parton.
Pop Culture
"I Can Never Go Home Anymore" was used in Martin Scorsese's film "Goodfellas" in 1990, which helped introduce the song to a new generation of listeners.
Despite its melancholic themes, the song was generally well-received by critics, often recognized as one of The Shangri-Las' best singles.
Genre Classification
"I Can Never Go Home Anymore" falls under the Pop genre but with a strong flavor of R&B and the "girl group" sound of the 1960s.

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