Leaving Here

"Leaving Here"
Single by Eddie Holland
ReleasedDecember 19, 1963
Format7" single
RecordedNovember 26, 1963
LabelMotown 1052
Eddie Holland singles chronology
"I'm on the Outside Looking In"
"Leaving Here"
"Just Ain't Enough Love"

"Leaving Here" is a song written in 1963 by Motown songwriters Holland–Dozier–Holland. Written at the beginning of the partnership, it is notable in several recordings. It was originally released as a single in December 1963 by H-D-H lyricist Eddie Holland and peaked at number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 27 on the Billboard R&B chart.

The original recording has subsequently been released on compilation albums such as Heaven Must Have Sent You: Holland/Dozier/Holland Story, released in 2005, and The Complete Motown Singles Vol.3 (1963), released in 2006. As of 2016, the only CD to find the track in stereo is "A Collection of 16 Big Hits, Vol. 2" on Motown MOTD-5449.

Motörhead version

"Leaving Here"
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Single by Motörhead
B-side"White Line Fever"
RecordedPeeble Beach Studio,
Worthing, England
GenreHard rock
LabelStiff Records
Motörhead singles chronology
"Leaving Here"
Alternative cover
1977 Blitz Records (Sweden) release
1977 Blitz Records (Sweden) release

The song was the debut single from the English hard rock group Motörhead, released in 1977. Despite it being their first single, only the band's founder Lemmy remained from the band's original line-up.

On April 28, 1979, Lemmy was interviewed by John Tobler on BBC Radio 1's Rock on Saturday show, and "Motorhead", "Leaving Here" and "Limb from Limb" were played.

The recording was inspired by The Birds' 1965 cover version of Eddie Holland's "Leaving Here". Lemmy was a great fan of the band.


Motorhead had originally recorded a version of this song for their debut album On Parole, but unsure of its commercial viability their record company United Artists, to whom they were still under contract, were refusing to issue it. Jake Riviera of Stiff Records, a casual acquaintance of Lemmy's, offered to release a new single from the band. No official deals were made, the band paid for the studio time whilst Riviera paid all other expenses. The single was scheduled for release with catalogue number BUY9 when United Artists intervened forcing Stiff to shelve its distribution.

The single was issued in France (on Skydog Records, MH001, black on white sleeve) and Sweden (on Blitz Records, MH001, purple on white sleeve) with some copies being imported into the UK.[1] The tracks were included on two 1977 Stiff compilation albums, A Bunch of Stiff Records (SEEZ2,1/April/1977) contained "White Line Fever", and Hits Greatest Stiffs (FIST1,16/September/1977) contained "Leavin' Here". The single did eventually see a release as part of a box set of Stiff's first ten singles, limited to 5000 in 1979.[2] Both tracks are currently available on the Stone Deaf Forever! CD box set.

A live version of "Leaving Here" was issued in 1980 as the lead track on The Golden Years EP, reaching #8 in the UK singles chart. "White Line Fever" was re-recorded for their 1977 debut album release Motörhead.

Track listing

  1. "Leaving Here" (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland) – 3:20
  2. "White Line Fever" [Stiff] (Eddie Clarke, Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor) – 3:00
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