Original Dusty Springfield version

I think I'm goin' back to the things I learned so well in my youth
I think I'm returning to those days when I was young enough to know the truth
Now there are no games to only pass the time
No more coloring books, no Christmas bells to chime
But thinking young and growing older is no sin
And I can play the game of life to win

I can recall a time when I wasn't ashamed to reach out to a friend
And now I think I've got a lot more than a skipping rope to lift
Now there's more to do than watch my sailboat glide
Then everyday can be my magic carpet ride
And I can play hide and seek with my fears
And live my days instead of counting my years

Let everyone debate the true reality
I'd rather see the world the way it used to be
A little bit of freedom's all we're left
So catch me if you can, I'm goin' back


GOIN' BACK is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King and originally released by Dusty Springfield as a single in 1966.

Dusty Springfield -- "Goin' Back / I'm Gonna Leave You" (single, A-side label)
Dusty Springfield -- "Goin' Back / I'm Gonna Leave You"

7-inch single - Philips (BF 1502) - UK, 1966

The above lyrics are for the original Dusty Springfield version of GOIN' BACK as released in 1966.

Springsteen's Version

Bruce Springsteen has performed GOIN' BACK live a few times in October 1975. See the live 17 Oct 1975 (early show) version for more details.

Available Versions

List of available versions of GOIN' BACK on this website:

GOIN' BACK [Live 17 Oct 1975 (early show) version]
GOIN' BACK [Original Dusty Springfield version]

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