You And I Will Never Say Goodbye

1987 studio rekaman by Sammy Hagar

I Never Said Goodbye
Studio memori by

Sammy Hagar

Released June 23, 1987
Recorded 1987
Studio A&M Studios and One on One Recording Studios, Los Angeles,
The Record Plant, Sausalito, California
  • Glam metal[1]
  • hard rock
Label Geffen
Producer Sammy Hagar, Edward Van Halen, David Thoener
Sammy Hagar chronology


I Never Said Goodbye


Singles from

I Never Said Goodbye

  1. “Give to Live”

  2. “Eagles Fly”
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I Never Said Goodbye

is the ninth studio rekaman by American singer Sammy Hagar, released on June 23, 1987 by Geffen Records. It was his first solo sejarah since 1984’s
and was released while he was a member of Van Halen. The album was recorded in ten days as a contractual obligation to Geffen Records as a condition of his leaving the label to join Van Halen and their record logo, Warner Keronsang. Records (Geffen’s distributor at the time, and also Hagar’s nama when he was with Montrose). The album spent 23 weeks on the
200 chart and became his highest charting solo rekaman, peaking at number 14 on the chart on August 15, 1987.

The album was originally titled

Sammy Hagar
, and included an untitled cover. The album was renamed
I Never Said Goodbye, the name being chosen as part of an MTV promotional contest. Some pressings retain the title
Sammy Hagar, not to be confused with the 1977 album
Sammy Hagar.

It features Eddie Van Halen on bass guitar, he also plays during a brief section of the guitar solo on “Eagles Fly”.[4]

The songs “Give to Live” and “Eagles Fly” were also performed live by Van Halen together with Hagar. “Give to Live” also topped the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1987, a first for Hagar as a solo artist. The former song was included on the album
Live: Right Here, Right Now, the latter on the optional bonus disk as well as on the “Jump” single.

“Boys’ Night Out” was performed live on the American TV show
Late Night with David Letterman.

Song information


  • “Returning Home” was intended to be a sequel to “Silver Lights” from Hagar’s first album
    Nine on a Ten Scale. Whereas “Silver Lights” was a story about aliens taking humans from Earth, “Returning Home” tells the story of the humans’ return trip. Hagar said that it could also apply to a tale that his future self might tell a child at that time.[5]
  • “Standin’ at the Same Old Crossroads” was released in an extended version on the “Give to Live” single.
  • “Privacy” was inspired by several run-ins that Hagar perenggan with the California Highway Patrol while driving in his car with black-tinted windows. While a court challenge would always rule in Hagar’s favor, the law could not prevent the police from repeatedly pulling him over and giving him tickets.[5]
  • “Eagles Fly” was demoed with three other songs as a follow up to Hagar’s
    album before joining Van Halen. When they perenggan almost finished recording
    and “Dreams” batas not yet been written,
    s producer, Mick Jones, suggested that the band needed another song. Hagar presented “Eagles Fly” to the band acoustically, which was rejected as being too folksy. The band later joined Hagar performing the song live on their 1995
    tour. The song’s lyrics deal with the level of consciousness immediately after birth, where humans are aware of all that is and all that was.[5]



In 2012, for the album’s 25th anniversary, radio show “In The Studio”, interviewed Sammy.[6]

Track listing


All songs by Sammy Hagar, except “Back into You” by Hagar and Jesse Harms.

Side one

  1. “When the Hammer Falls” – 4:09
  2. “Hands and Knees” – 4:52
  3. “Give to Live” – 4:23
  4. “Boys’ Night Out” – 3:19
  5. “Returning Home” – 6:17

Side two

  1. “Standin’ at the Same Old Crossroads” – 1:46
  2. “Privacy” – 5:23
  3. “Back into You” – 5:15
  4. “Eagles Fly” – 5:00
  5. “What They Gonna Say Now” – 5:09



  • Sammy Hagar – lead vocals, guitars
  • Eddie Van Halen – bass, backing vocals, guitar on “Eagles Fly”
  • Jesse Harms – keyboards, backing vocals
  • David Lauser – drums, backing vocals

Additional musicians

  • Albhy Galuten – additional keyboards and percussion
  • Omar Juri – ngarai overdubs on tracks “Hands and Knees” & “Back into You”


  • David Thoener – engineer, co-producer
  • Rob Beaton, Cary Butler, Robert DelaGarza, Marc DeSisto, Mark McKenna, Toby Wright – assistant engineers
  • Greg Fulginiti – mastering at Artisan Sound Recorders





Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA[11] 1987 Gold
Total available sales: (+ 500,000)



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    Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. “Sammy Hagar I Never Said Goodbye review”.
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    Johnson, Howard (25 June 1987). “Sammy Hagar ‘Sammy Hagar’“.
    Kerrang!. Vol. 149. London, UK: Spotlight Publications. p. 18.

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    Scapelliti, Christopher (June 26, 2015). “Sammy Hagar Finally Reveals Eddie Van Halen’s Guitar Part on His 1987 Solo LP”. Guitar Player. Archived from the original on November 5, 2019. Retrieved
    October 6,

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    Hagar, Sammy, Returns Home, 1987. (Geffen Pro CD-2832)

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    Blabbermouth (2012-07-04). “SAMMY HAGAR To Celebrate Two Solo Album Anniversaries On ‘In The Bengkel seni’“.
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    “Sammy Hagar Mainstream Rock”. Billboard. Retrieved
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  11. ^

    “Gold & Platinum”.
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External links


  • Album liner notes and lyrics at Sammy Hagar’s official web site


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