I Can't Go Back
Recording Artist: The Cast of Pretty Woman: The Musical
Writers: Jim Vallance
Bryan Adams
Date Written: August 2016, Mustique
Album: Pretty Woman: The Musical (Atlantic Records / 2018)
Audio: Pending
 
Vocals: Samantha Barks, the Company
 

Will Van Dyke: keyboards, conductor, music supervisor, orchestrator and arranger
Patrick Sulken: keyboards
Brian Koonin: guitar
Nate Brown: guitar
Steve Gilewski: bass
Sammy Merendino: drums
Juliette Jones: violin
Jocelin Pan: viola
Susan Mandel: cello

 
Produced by Jim Vallance and Bryan Adams. Recorded and edited by Derik Lee at Power Station and Atlantic Studios, New York (assisted by Ebonie Smith, Joe Pomarico, Dan Fyfe, Brett Mayer, Neal Shaw). Mixed by Neal Avron at The Casita, Hollywood, CA (assisted by Scott Skrzynsk). Mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound, New Jersey.
Comments:
This is the moment when Vivian decides to leave Hollywood Boulevard behind, regardless what the future might hold. She's seen a better life and she's determined to move in that direction and never go back.

The music is driven by a pulsing synthesizer, but the song also works as a traditional Rock arrangement, as proven when Samantha sang "I Can't Go Back" with Bryan and his band at London's O2 arena.
Lyrics:

YOU MAKE ME HAPPY
YOU KNOW JUST WHAT TO SAY
BUT I AIN’T CINDERELLA
WHO’D WANNA BE ANYWAY

OF ALL THE THINGS I WANTED
ONE THING I NEVER GOT
WAS TO BE TREATED LIKE SOMEBODY
JUST TO HAVE ONE SHOT

I CAN'T GO BACK
NO - I CAN'T GO BACK

BUT NOW YOU GOT ME THINKIN'
ABOUT WORKIN' ON A DREAM
I’M NOT QUITE THERE YET
I’M SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN

I HEAR YOU TALKIN'
HOW I DESERVE THE BEST
A VOICE INSIDE MY HEAD KEEPS SAYIN'
DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS

I CAN'T GO BACK - I’VE SEEN A DIFFERENT WORLD
I CAN'T GO BACK - I’M A DIFFERENT GIRL
I CAN'T GO BACK - TO WHO I WAS BEFORE
I CAN'T GO BACK - I ALWAYS WANTED MORE

I HAVE REGRETS
BUT I CAN’T CHANGE THE PAST
I WANT THE REAL THING
IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE
IT GETS TO BE MY CHOICE
I FEEL I’VE FOUND MYSELF, YEAH
I’VE FOUND MY VOICE

I CAN’T GO BACK - I’VE SEEN A DIFFERENT WORLD
I CAN’T GO BACK - I’M A DIFFERENT GIRL
I CAN’T GO BACK - TO WHO I WAS BEFORE
I CAN’T GO BACK - I ALWAYS WANTED MORE

I CAN SEE MY FUTURE
IN ALL MY PLANS
I’M GONNA BE OK
THIS IS WHO I AM

IT’S TRUE, I SOLD MY BODY
BUT I NEVER SOLD MY SOUL
I’VE LEARNED I DON’T NEED ANYONE
IT’S ME WHO’S IN CONTROL

THEY CAN TAKE AWAY MY INNOCENCE
BUT THEY CAN’T ERASE MY PRIDE
I’VE SEEN A BETTER LIFE
I’VE SEEN THE OTHER SIDE

I CAN’T GO BACK
I’VE SEEN A DIFFERENT WORLD
I CAN’T GO BACK
I’M A DIFFERENT GIRL

I CAN’T GO BACK
TO WHO I WAS BEFORE
I CAN’T GO BACK
I CAN’T GO BACK

NO - I CAN’T GO BACK