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How Come, How Long

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"How Come, How Long"
How Come.jpg
Single by Babyface featuring Stevie Wonder
from the album The Day
Released7 July 1997
FormatCD single, promo single, airplay, maxi single
GenrePop, R&B, soul, soft rock
LabelEpic, Sony
Songwriter(s)Babyface, Stevie Wonder
Babyface singles chronology
"Every Time I Close My Eyes"
"How Come, How Long"
"Change the World"
Audio sample
How Come, How Long

"How Come, How Long" is a song written, produced and performed by Babyface (Kenneth Edmonds). It was released as the third single from his album The Day. It is a duet with American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder.

The lyrics deal with physical abuse, regarding a woman killed by her husband after tremendous physical abuse. This release met with mixed reaction by critics and did not chart on any major charts in United States, finding a better chart performance in United Kingdom, where it became a top ten hit for the performers. This song was nominated twice for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

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Song information

The track was written, produced and performed by Babyface as a duet with American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, who also co-wrote the song. The lyrics deal with domestic violence and is inspired by the Nicole Brown Simpson case.[1] On the Entertainment Weekly review of The Day, David Browne wrote that this "domestic-abuse saga" needed "tougher music to make its point."[2] At the 40th Grammy Awards this song received a nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, which it lost to "Don't Look Back" by John Lee Hooker and Van Morrison.[3] The following year, the song received the same nomination with the live version included on Babyface's Unplugged album, losing this time to Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach with their rendition of "I Still Have That Other Girl".[4]

Music video

The music video for this song, directed by F. Gary Gray, shows several people in the same building ignoring the shouts and screams and multiple fights between a married couple, ending with a twist, showing that the woman killed her abusive husband, ending with her being arrested. This video received a nomination for Best R&B Video at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, which was awarded to "I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy (Sean Combs) featuring Faith Evans and 112.[5] It also was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video, losing to "Got 'til It's Gone" by Janet Jackson.[3]

Track listing

US CD single[6]
  1. "How Come, How Long" – 5:11
  2. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Timbaland remix) – 4:23
UK CD single (XPCD2161)[7]
  1. "How Come, How Long" (Radio edit) – 4:12
CD maxi single (EPC 664402 2)[8]
  1. "How Come, How Long" (radio edit) – 4:12
  2. "How Come, How Long" (Natty & Slaps remix) – 5:08
  3. "How Come, How Long" (Laws & Craigie remix) – 6:28
  4. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Timbaland remix) – 4:55

Chart performance

Chart (1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[12] 16
Denmark (IFPI) 17
France (SNEP)[13] 22
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 14
Ireland (IRMA) 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 9
Norway (VG-lista)[17] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 10
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 10
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 21
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 31

Year-end charts

Chart (1997) Position
Australia[20] 27
Germany (Official German Charts)[21] 78


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[22] Platinum 70,000^


The following people contributed to "How Come, How Long":[6]


  1. ^ "Babyface - Timeline". Rock on the Net. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  2. ^ Browne, David (1996-11-01). "Baby Grand". Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly and Time Inc. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  3. ^ a b "40th Grammy Awards". Rock on the Net. 1998-02-25. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  4. ^ "41st Grammy Awards". Rock on the Net. 1999-02-25. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  5. ^ "1997 MTV Video Music Awards". Rock on the Net. 1997-09-04. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  6. ^ a b "How Come, How Long". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  7. ^ "How Come, How Long Radio Edit". Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  8. ^ "How Come, How Long CD Maxi single". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-01-12.
  9. ^ " – Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder – How Come, How Long". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ " – Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder – How Come, How Long" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ " – Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder – How Come, How Long" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ " – Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder – How Come, How Long" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ " – Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder – How Come, How Long" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ " – Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ " – Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder – How Come, How Long". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ " – Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder – How Come, How Long". VG-lista.
  18. ^ " – Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder – How Come, How Long". Singles Top 100.
  19. ^ " – Babyface feat. Stevie Wonder – How Come, How Long". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  22. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.

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