Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)

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"Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)"
Single by Céline Dion
from the album A New Day Has Come
B-side "All Because of You"
Released November 18, 2002 (2002-11-18)
Format CD single, CS
Recorded Studio Piccolo
Genre Pop
Length 5:19 (Album Version)
4:23 (Radio Edit)
Label Columbia, Epic
Writer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Céline Dion singles chronology
"Aun Existe Amor"
(2002)
"Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)"
(2002)
"At Last"
(2002)

"Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" is a song recorded by Canadian recording artist Céline Dion for her sixth English-language album A New Day Has Come (2002). The song was written and produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, while Lange and his then-wife, country singer Shania Twain did the backing vocals. Lyrically, the song speaks about motherly love and fear of losing one's mother. It was released as the album's third and last commercial single on November 18, 2002.

The song received favorable reviews from music critics, who called it a "heartfelt and emotional song", while praising Dion's performance. The "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" music video was directed by Chris Applebaum between October 12–13, 2002 in Paris, France, and premiered in November 2002. The song performed moderately on the charts, peaking inside the top fifty in the countries that it charted, but it did not matched the success of the previous singles.

Background and composition[edit]

"Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" was written and produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who already worked with Céline Dion in 1999 on "If Walls Could Talk."[1] Lange and his then-wife, country singer Shania Twain did the backing vocals.[2] The song runs to 5 minutes 19 seconds with a radio edit of 4 minutes 23 seconds.[3] It was recorded at Studio Piccolo[3] and released November 18, 2002.

Lyrically, the devastatingly emotional ballad speaks about the absolute love between a child and her mother.[4] "There is no other love like a mother's love for her child," she sings.[5] Céline first heard the Robert John "Mutt" Lange song three years ago [1999] and turn it down. "Now, being a mother, I found the strength to sing it, but it was hard," she said. Its lesson? "Never wait too long to tell someone how you feel," she answered.[4]

In October 2008, "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" was included on the European version of My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection greatest hits.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine commented, "It is the kind of sappy mama-lovin' tune that will leave you nauseous or in tears."[2] Barnes & Noble's editorial review called it "a heartfelt, country-tinged song."[5] Neal Sky of "Pop Dirt" perceived that she’s singing now such sweet, sweet verses like "I found it all in the eyes of a boy (in A New Day Has Come" or an even sweeter combination with her accient subject: "there’s is no other love like a mother’s for her child" penned by Robert “Mutt” Lange.[7] Mike Ross of Jam! Canoe wrote: "Celine is at her lovey-doveyest in Mutt Lange's Goodbye's (The Saddest Word), helped by not one, but two soaring key changes in the same song, which is then launched into a high Earth orbit of melodrama by an orchestra that would make John Williams blush with envy."[8]

Commenting for Rolling Stone in May 2002, Rob Sheffield said of the Mutt Lange composition it is "sure to inspire many hours of dull debate with Bernie Taupin", it was obviously a reference to "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word," with which it has nothing in common.[9] The reviewer also allude to Dion's voice as "just furniture polish".[9]

Chuck Taylor of Billboard criticized the choice of the third single, "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)," a ballad relegated solely to adult contemporary radio stations. He noticed that the song is "devastatingly beautiful," offering a loving tribute to one's mother at death's door and that Dion "delivers it with a heaving helping of passion, emotionally drawing one's attention to the devotional message." Although he felt that many will connect to the loss of a parent, on a commercial level, this was a disappointing decision.

Chart performance[edit]

The song performed moderately on the charts, peaking inside the top-forty in some countries. On the Belgian Flanders Singles Chart, the song debuted at number 47, on December 14, 2002.[10] The following week, the song fell to number 49, but on December 28, 2002, the song climbed to number 46.[10] In its fourth week, the song peaked at number 39.[10] On the Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart, the song debuted and peaked at number 36, leaving the charts the following week.[11] In Netherlands, the song debuted at number 67 on the Dutch Top 40, on November 30, 2002.[12] The following week, the song jumped to number 51.[12] The song kept fluctuating on the chart for the next two weeks, until it climbed from number 67 to number 42.[12] On January 18, 2003, the song peaked at number 38, spending 11 consecutive weeks on the chart.[12]

In Austria, the song debuted at number 50 on the Ö3 Austria Top 40.[13] The following week, the song climbed to number 49 and later, it moved to number 45, until it peaked at number 41.[13] The song spent 10 weeks on the chart.[13] In the UK, the song debuted at number 38 on the UK Singles Chart, on December 7, 2002.[14] The following week, the song dropped to number 60, spending only 2 weeks on the UK charts.[14] In Ireland, the song debuted at number 42 on the Irish Singles Chart, on November 28, 2002.[15] The following week, the song remained at the same position[16] and it dropped at number 49, spending 3 weeks on the chart.[17]

Music video[edit]

The "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" music video was directed by Chris Applebaum between October 12–13, 2002 in Paris, France, and premiered in November 2002.[18] In 2006, a second version of the video leaked to the internet, including never before seen footage. This unreleased version was also directed by Chris Applebaum in October 2002 but shows more Dion sexier scenes. Some lyrics near the end of the song were omitted and/or altered.[19]

Live performances[edit]

Celine performed the song for the first time at the A New Day Has Come CBS Special in March 2002.[20] Celine also performed the song on Star Academy (France), in 2002.[21] She also performed it on "World Children's Day 2002".[22] Dion also performed it on the "Top of the Pops" in 2002.[23]

Formats and track listings[edit]

The European version of the single included "All Because of You," which could be found on the single and on the special limited edition of A New Day Has Come from November 2002.[12] The single featured also a duet with Anastacia on "You Shook Me All Night Long," taken from the VH1 Divas Las Vegas CD/DVD released in October 2002.[12]

European CD single

  1. "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" (radio edit) – 4:23
  2. "All Because of You" – 3:30

European CD maxi single

  1. "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" (radio edit) – 4:23
  2. "All Because of You" – 3:30
  3. "You Shook Me All Night Long" (with Anastacia - live from VH1 Divas) – 3:51
  4. "Blue Christmas" – 3:50
  5. "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" (video - live from the CBS TV special) – 4:43

UK cassette maxi single

  1. "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" (radio edit) – 4:23
  2. "Blue Christmas" – 3:50
  3. "All the Way" (with Frank Sinatra) – 3:53

UK CD maxi single

  1. "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" (radio edit) – 4:23
  2. "Blue Christmas" – 3:50
  3. "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" (video - live from the CBS TV special) – 4:43

UK CD maxi single #2

  1. "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)" – 5:19
  2. "All the Way" (with Frank Sinatra) – 3:53
  3. "You Shook Me All Night Long" (with Anastacia - live from VH1 Divas) – 3:51

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[13] 41
Belgian Flanders Singles Chart[10] 39
Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart[11] 36
Canadian Singles Chart[24] 67
Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart[25] 11
Dutch Singles Chart[12] 37
German Singles Chart[26] 56
Hungarian Singles Chart[27] 15
Irish Singles Chart[15] 42
Italian Singles Chart[28] 30
Swedish Singles Chart[29] 45
Swiss Singles Chart[30] 35
UK Singles Chart[14] 38
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[31] 27

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording locations
Personnel
  • Songwriting – Robert John "Mutt" Lange
  • Production – Robert John "Mutt" Lange
  • Backing Vocals - Mutt Lange, Shania Twain
  • Guitars - Mutt Lange
  • Mixing - Humberto Gatica
  • Strings - Gavin Greenaway

Credits adapted from the liner notes of A New Day Has Come, Epic Records.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goodbye's (The Saddest Word) : Allmusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Cinquemani, Sal (March 16, 2002). "Celine Dion: A New Day Has Come | Music Review | Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c A New Day Has Come (liner notes). Céline Dion. Epic Records. 2002. 
  4. ^ a b "Celine Dion Music: A New Day Has Come". Celine Dion Web. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Barnes & Noble | A New Day Has Come by Sony, Celine Dion". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "My Love: Essential Collection - Celine Dion". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  7. ^ Sky, Neal (June 9, 2002). "Celine Dion ‘A New Day Has Come’ Review". Pop Dirt. Retrieved August 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Ross, Mike (March 26, 2002). "Album Review: A New Day Has Come - 'Celine's latest CD full of bombast, melodrama and soaring ballads'". Jam! Canoe. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob (April 10, 2002). "Celine Dion: A New Day Has Come : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 23, 2006. Retrieved July 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d Belgian Flanders Singles Chart
  11. ^ a b Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart
  12. ^ a b c d e f g Dutch Singles Chart
  13. ^ a b c d Austrian Singles Chart
  14. ^ a b c "Chart Archive - Celine Dion - Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)". Chart Archive. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "TOP 50 SINGLES, WEEK ENDING 28 November 2002". Irish Singles Chart. November 28, 2002. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  16. ^ "TOP 50 SINGLES, WEEK ENDING 5 December 2002". Irish Singles Chart. November 28, 2002. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  17. ^ "TOP 50 SINGLES, WEEK ENDING 12 December 2002". Irish Singles Chart. November 28, 2002. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Céline Dion - Goodbye's (The Saddest Word)". YouTube. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Celine Dion - Goodbye's (The Saddest Word) (Unreleased Video Clip)". YouTube. June 28, 2002. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Celine Dion - Goodbye's (The Saddest Word) (Live ANDHC Special 2002)". YouTube. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Celine Dion - Goodbye's The Saddest Word (Star Academy, 2002)". Star Academy (France). YouTube. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Celine Dion - Goodbye's (The Saddest Word) (Live World Children's Day 2002)". YouTube. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Celine Dion "goodbye's the saddest word" Top of the Pops 2002". YouTube. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  24. ^ Canadian Singles Chart
  25. ^ Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart
  26. ^ German Singles Chart
  27. ^ Hungarian Singles Chart
  28. ^ Italian Singles Chart
  29. ^ Swedish Singles Chart
  30. ^ Swiss Singles Chart
  31. ^ Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks