Go West (4:12)

Cover of The Best of Village People

From The Best of Village People and 55 other releases

“Go West” is a song by the 1970s disco group Village People. The song eventually found greater success when it was covered in 1993 by the synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. Original Village People lead singer Victor Willis, Henri Belolo and Jacques Morali are credited as the song’s writers, although Willis disputes Belolo’s involvement.
Originally released as a single in 1979, it was not as popular as the group’s other contemporary singles such as “Y.M.C.A.” and “In the Navy”. The song charted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at #45, Canadian RPM Top Singles at #41, Dutch Singles Chart at #29, and the UK Singles Chart at #15.

The song’s title is attributed to the nineteenth century quote “Go West, young man” commonly attributed to Horace Greeley, a rallying cry for the colonization of the American West; though Victor Willis denies writing the song with a gay theme in mind, “Go West” is generally understood as an expression of the 1970s sentiment of San Francisco as a utopia for the Gay Liberation movement.

Both the 7” and 12” versions of the song were subsequently collected in various greatest hits collections, including a 1997 radio remix which was made in the wake of the success of Pet Shop Boys’ 1993 version.

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GO WEST Together we will go our way, together we will leave some day. Together your hand in my hand, together we will make the plans. Together we will fly so high, together tell our friends goodbye. Together we will start life new, together this is what we'll do. Go west, life is peaceful there. Go west, lots of open air. Go west, this is what we'll do. Go west to begin life new. Go west, we will do just fine. Go west, sun in winter time. Go wes t where the skies are blue . Go west, this and more we'll do. Together we will love the beach, together we will learn and teach. I love you, I know you love me; I want you happy and carefree. Together change our pace of life, together we will work and strive. So that's why I have no protest when you say you want to go west. Go west, life is peaceful there. Go west, lots of open air. Go west to begin life new. Go west, we will do just fine. Go west, this is what we'll do . Go west, sun in winter time . Go west where the skies are blue. Go west, this and more we'll do. I know that there are many ways to live there in the sun or shade. Together we will find a place to settle down and live with the space without the busy pace back east, the hustling, rustling of the feet, Go west, life is peaceful there. Go west, lots of open air. I know I'm ready to leave too, so this is what we're going to do, Go west to begin life new. Go west, sun in winter time. Go west, we will do just fine. Go west, this is what we'll do. Go west, this and more we'll do . Go west where the skies are blue. Go west...(repeat & fade) - Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo & Victor Willis

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