“Who Says You Can’t Go Home” is a song written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora for the American rock band Bon Jovi’s ninth album Have a Nice Day (2005). The song was produced by John Shanks, Jon Bon Jovi, and Richie Sambora. It was released as the second single in North America in the first quarter of 2006 and reached the top 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, peaking at #23. Outside North America, “Welcome to Wherever You Are” was released as the second single with “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” being released as the album’s third release on June 12, 2006. The song reached #5 in the UK, becoming the band’s second Top 10 single from the album. A version of the song was also shipped to country music radio, featuring duet vocals from Jennifer Nettles of the duo Sugarland and peaked at #1 on the Country charts.
Both versions of the song feature on Have a Nice Day; the original version features as the fourth track, while the country version features as the thirteenth and final track.
The music video for the country/Jennifer Nettles version, released in November 2005 and directed by Jon’s brother, Anthony M. Bongiovi, features Habitat for Humanity volunteers, including members of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football League team owned in part by Jon Bon Jovi, building homes for low-income families and was used to promote the organization. It won an award for Best Collaborative Video at the CMT Music Awards in 2006.
The shooting of the music video for the regular version, featuring a man dressed up as a dog, began at March 9, 2006, Bon Jovi concert at the Glendale Arena outside Phoenix and continued in the Los Angeles area. The video was released in the week of week of March 27, 2006. It was directed by Jeff Labbé through @radical.media, lensed by David Lanzenberg, and edited by Steve Prestemon.
In the United States, a version of the song was released to the country music format as a duet with Jennifer Nettles, lead singer of the duo Sugarland.
The country music version was originally recorded as a duet with Keith Urban, who also played banjo on the song. After Jon Bon Jovi decided that Urban’s voice was too similar to his own, he asked a representative of Mercury Records to recommend a female duet partner.
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