BACK FOR GOOD by Take That

October 17, 2022

Today’s song is “Back for Good” by the band Take That. It was featured in their 1995 album, Nobody Else.

Although the band disbanded the year after releasing “Back for Good,” the song is still widely played.  

Fun Facts:

  • The band got together in Manchester in 1990. “Back for Good” was acclaimed as one of the best the band ever formed. Music writers were skeptical the band would ever release another hit single to rival its success.
  • “Back for Good” was released on March 27, 1995. It was part of the last album the band released before disbanding in 1996.
  • Both RCA and Arista worked to release “Back for Good.”
  • Gary Barlow wrote the lyrics for this song. He also sang lead vocals part-time.
  • Robbie Williams left the band in 1995 after a drug problem that nearly led to a drug overdose. The band agreed to part ways in Christmas of 1995.
  • “Back for Good” was released on March 21, 1995, through RCA and Arista record labels.
  • The song’s lyrics were penned by Gary Barlow, who also took part in producing the hit single.
  • Robbie Williams left the band due to a drug problem after the band gave him an ultimatum.
  • James Masterton, an acclaimed music writer, wrote that the song “is one of the most breathtaking brilliant pop singles that has been heard in a long time.”
  • “Back for Good” won the Brit Award for British Single of the Year at the 1996 Brit awards.
  • The music video has over 73 million views as of September 2021.

Lyrics 

I guess now it’s time for me to give up, I feel it’s time

Got a picture of you beside me

Got your lipstick mark still on your coffee cup, oh yeah

Got a fist of pure emotion

Got a head of shattered dreams

Gotta leave it, gotta leave it all behind now

Whatever I said, whatever I did

I didn’t mean it

I just want you back for good

Want you back, want you back

I want you back for good

Whenever I’m wrong

Just tell me the song and I’ll sing it

You’ll be right and understood

Want you back, want you back

I want you back for good

Unaware but underlined

I figured out this story, it wasn’t good

But in the corner of my mind I celebrated glory

But that was not to be

In the twist of separation

You excelled at being free

Can’t you find a little room inside for me

Whatever I said, whatever I did

I didn’t mean it

I just want you back for good

Want you back, want you back

I want you back for good

Whenever I’m wrong

Just tell me the song and I’ll sing it

You’ll be right and understood

Want you back, want you back

I want you back for good

And we’ll be together, this time is forever

We’ll be fighting and forever we will be

So complete in our love

We will never be uncovered again

Whatever I said, whatever I did

I didn’t mean it

I just want you back for good

Want you back, want you back

I want you back for good

Whenever I’m wrong

Just tell me the song and I’ll sing it

You’ll be right and understood

Want you back, want you back

I want you back for good

Whatever I said, whatever I did

I didn’t mean it

I just want you back for good

Want you back, want you back

I want you back for good

Whenever I’m wrong

Just tell me the song and I’ll sing it

You’ll be right and understood

Want you back, want you back

I want you back for good

Oh yeah

I guess now it’s time

That you came back for good

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