Steve Earle, Paul Bley, Jimmy Giuffre, Steve Swallow

About Goodbye

"Goodbye's All We've Got Left" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Steve Earle. It was released in January 1987 as the fourth single from the album Guitar Town. The song reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.


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I remember holdin on to you
All them long and lonely nights i put you through
Somewhere in there i'm sure i made you cry
But i can't remember if we said goodbye

But i recall all of them nights down in mexico
One place i may never go in my life again
Was i just off somewhere just too high
But i can't remember if we said goodbye

I only miss you here every now and then
Like the soft breeze blowin; up from the caribbean
Most novembers i break down and cry
But i can't remember if we said goodbye


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Steve Earle

Steve Earle ( /ˈɜrl/; born Stephen Fain Earle on January 17, 1955) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, author and actor. Earle grew up near San Antonio, Texas, and began learning the guitar at age 11. more »

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Written by: STEVE EARLE

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10 facts about this song

Artist Background
Steve Earle is an American rock, country, and folk singer-songwriter, record producer, author, and actor. He gained popularity in the 1980s with his debut album "Guitar Town".
Song Release
"Goodbye" is a track from Steve Earle's 1995 album, "Train a Comin'", which marked his comeback after battling personal issues including drug addiction.
Lyrics and Theme
The song's lyrics are a melancholic reflection on a failed relationship, portraying the complexity and pain of saying goodbye. It is considered one of Earle's most poignant and emotionally impactful songs.
"Train a Comin'" received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1996; "Goodbye" being one of the standout tracks on the album.
Song Ambiance
With its stark instrumentation - primarily an acoustic guitar - "Goodbye" showcases Earle's power as a solo performer and his ability to convey a deep emotional intensity.
Live Performances
"Goodbye" is a fan-favorite at Steve Earle's shows. It has been performed multiple times during his tours and also trhough special events.
Critical Reception
Steve Earle's "Goodbye" is often cited by critics as one of his best works for its raw emotional depth and masterful songwriting.
Cover Versions
"Goodbye" has been covered by numerous other artists including Emmylou Harris on her 1995 album "Wrecking Ball", a testament to its enduring appeal and quality.
Personal Life Connection
The song is believed to have been strongly influenced by Steve Earle's personal experiences with heartache and separation, making it even more resonating with the audience.
Song Writing
The song is eminent not only for Earle's evocative vocals but also for his songwriting skills. It showcases his ability to narrate a story through his lyrics, making "Goodbye" a classic Steve Earle song.

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