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El Lute / Gotta Go Home

"El Lute / Gotta Go Home"
Oceans of Fantasy
Released August 1979
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1979
Genre Pop, euro disco
Label Hansa Records (FRG)
Producer Frank Farian
Boney M singles chronology

"Hooray! Hooray! It's a Holi-Holiday"
"El Lute" / "Gotta Go Home"
"I'm Born Again / Bahama Mama"

"El Lute" / "Gotta Go Home" is a double A-side single by 70's disco band Boney M. It was the lead single from their fourth album Oceans of Fantasy (1979) and was the group's eighth and final number 1 single in the German charts. In the UK where "Gotta Go Home" was chosen as the main A-side, the single was their first one since their debut single not to reach the Top 10, peaking at number 12. Boney M. used the double A-side format over the next years, typically with the A1 being the song intended for radio and A2 being more squarely aimed at discos. The sides were usually switched on the accompanying 12" single.

El Lute

The ABBA-esque pop melody "El Lute" told the true story of Spanish outlaw Eleuterio Sánchez who was still in prison at the time the song was released. During a promotional visit in Spain, Boney M. met him and gave him a golden record for the sales of the single.

Margot Borgström translated the song into Swedish, as Swedish dansband Wizex covered the song on the 1979 album Some Girls & Trouble Boys.[1] The song became a Svensktoppen hit in late 1979.[2]-early 1980[3]

Gotta Go Home

A fast-paced disco track, the song was re-written from a German single "Hallo Bimmelbahn" (1973) by Nighttrain with the brothers Heinz and Jürgen Huth, both also credited as co-writers on Boney M.'s version. Boney M. first promoted it in a few TV shows in its early version "Going Back Home". Several single versions featured a 4:40 version (timing on label 4:22), a slightly remixed edit of the full 5:04 version, and longer than the 3:45 album edit. Later single pressings featured a 4:00 edit. In 2010 "Gotta Go Home" was used extensively on the Duck Sauce track "Barbra Streisand".[4]

"Gotta Go Home" was issued as an A-side in Canada, and was a Top 40 hit on the RPM Magazine charts there, peaking at #35 in late November 1979.


7" Single

  • "El Lute" (Frank Farian, Hans Blum, Fred Jay) - 4:58 / "Gotta Go Home" (Farian, Huth, Huth, Jay) - 4:40 (Hansa 100 804-100, Germany)
  • "El Lute" (Frank Farian, Hans Blum, Fred Jay) - 4:58 / "Gotta Go Home" (Farian, Huth, Huth, Jay) - 4:00 (Hansa 100 804-100, Germany)
  • "Gotta Go Home" - 4:00 / "El Lute" - 4:58 (Atlantic K 11351, UK)
  • "Gotta Go Home" - 4:00 / "El Lute" - 4:58 (Atlantic P-481, Japan)

12" Single

  • "Gotta Go Home" - 5:04 / "El Lute" - 5:09 (Hansa 600 081-213, Germany)
  • "Gotta Go Home" - 5:04 / "El Lute" - 5:09 (Hansa 600 081-213, Germany) - clear vinyl

Chart performance

Chart (1979) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles[6] 35
France (SNEP)[7] 5
Irish Singles Chart[8] 11
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 2
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[10] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 42
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 4
South African Chart[13] 2
UK (Official Charts Company)[14] 12


  • Albums by Boney M. Rate Your Music
  • Fantastic Boney M. An Unofficial WebSite


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