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"I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That"
Single by Elton John
from the album Reg Strikes Back
B-side "Rope Around a Fool"
Released 1988
Format CD maxi, 7" single, 12" maxi
Genre Pop, New Wave, piano rock
Length 4:35
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Music: Elton John
Lyrics: Bernie Taupin
Producer Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Take Me to the Pilot" [live] (1988) "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That"
(1988)
"Town of Plenty"
(1988)

"I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" is a hit song from British pop-rock performer Elton John's 1988 album, Reg Strikes Back. The song was written by John and his long-time songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin. The song reached #30 on the UK Singles Chart. It fared better in the United States, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August of 1988, kept out of the top spot by fellow British singer (and vocal collaborator) George Michael's hit single, "Monkey". The song also became John's eighth #1 on the adult contemporary chart.[1] There is also a 12" extended single of the song released on vinyl during the song's initial release period; this remix appears on the CD box set compilation, To Be Continued, released in 1990. The song describes a lovers' relationship breaking up. According to the music video, he plays a Roland piano.

The song was regularly played by John in concert during the 1990s, before he retired it in 2000.

Contents

Track listings

7" single
  1. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" — 4:32
  2. "Rope Around a Fool" — 3:46
12" maxi
  1. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" (remix) — 7:20
  2. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" — 4:32
  3. "Rope Around a Fool" — 3:46
CD maxi
  1. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" — 4:33
  2. "Rope Around a Fool" — 3:49
  3. "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That" (extended mix) — 7:20

Personnel

  • Elton John: piano, vocals, Roland Electric Piano
  • Davey Johnstone: acoustic guitar, backing vocals
  • Fred Mandel: synthesizers
  • Charlie Morgan: drums
  • Dee Murray: backing vocals
  • Nigel Olsson: backing vocals
  • David Patton: bass

Charts

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 24
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 6
Canadian Singles Chart 1
French SNEP Singles Chart[2] 19
German Singles Chart[3] 22
Irish Singles Chart[4] 25
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 10
UK Singles Chart[5] 30
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[6] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[6] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[6] 13

References

  1. ^ The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996
  2. ^ a b c d "I Don't Wanna Go on with You Like That", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  3. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  4. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  6. ^ a b c d Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
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