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Here I Am (Come and Take Me)

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"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"
Al Green Here I Am (Come and Take Me).jpg
Single by Al Green
from the album Call Me
B-side "I'm Glad You're Mine"
Released June 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded 1972
Genre Soul
Length 4:14
Label Hi Records
Songwriter(s) Al Green, Teenie Hodges
Producer(s) Willie Mitchell
Al Green singles chronology
"Call Me (Come Back Home)"
"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"
"Livin' for You"

"Call Me (Come Back Home)"
"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"
"Livin' for You"

"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" is a 1973 song by Al Green, the second single released from his album Call Me. The song reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Hot Soul Singles chart. It was certified as a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America.

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Composition and recording

Green wrote "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" with Teenie Hodges, with whom he also collaborated in writing "Take Me to the River," "Love and Happiness," "Full of Fire," and other songs. It was produced by Willie Mitchell in the 1972 recording session for the album Call Me.

Chart performance

Hi Records released the song as a single in June 1973, with "I'm Glad You're Mine" on the B-side.[1] It was the second single from Call Me, after the title track. The record received a gold certification, having sold more than 500,000 copies.[2]

Charts Peak position
(Al Green version)
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 2

UB40 version

"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"
Single by UB40
from the album Labour of Love II
B-side "Crisis"
Released January 22, 1990 (1990-01-22)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD single, cassette single
Genre Reggae-pop[3]
Length 4:00
Label Virgin
UB40 singles chronology
"The Way You Do the Things You Do"
"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"

"The Way You Do the Things You Do"
"Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"

In 1990, UB40 released "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" as the second single from their ninth studio album Labour of Love II. It reached only number 46 in the UK, but proved to be much more successful elsewhere, especially in Australasia. It peaked at number three in Australia, number six in New Zealand, and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1991. In Australia, it placed at number 24 on the 1991 year-end chart, while in the US, it reached number 72 on the 1991 year-end chart, one position behind the band's previous single "The Way You Do the Things You Do".


Weekly charts

Chart (1990–1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[4] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 34
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 43
France (SNEP)[7] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 22
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 8
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 46
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[14] 44
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 6

Year-end charts

Chart (1991) Position
Australia (ARIA)[16] 24
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 72


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[18] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other cover versions

The song has also been covered by such performers as Michael Jackson, Etta James, and Seal. Several reggae versions have been recorded, including by Marcia Griffiths, Pluto Shervington, Owen Gray, and Inner Circle.[19]


  1. ^ "Al Green - Here I Am (Come and Take Me)". 45cat. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "US Albums Certifications > Al Green". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 14 May 2013.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "UB40 - Here I Am". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. ^ " – UB40 – Here I Am (Come and Take Me)". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ " – UB40 – Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1582." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  7. ^ " – UB40 – Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Here I Am". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 11, 1990" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  10. ^ " – UB40 – Here I Am (Come and Take Me)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  11. ^ " – UB40 – Here I Am (Come and Take Me)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  13. ^ "UB40 Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  14. ^ "UB40 Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  15. ^ "UB40 Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1991". ARIA. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Top 100 Songs of 1991 - Billboard Year End Charts". Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  18. ^ "1991 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  19. ^ "Call Me Al". Versions Galore. Retrieved 14 May 2013.

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