Goodbye Stranger

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"Goodbye Stranger"
Single by Supertramp
from the album Breakfast in America
B-side "Even in the Quietest Moments"
Released June 1979
Recorded September 1978 at The Village Recorder/Studio B, Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop rock, progressive rock
Length 5:50
Label A&M
Writer(s) Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson
Producer(s) Supertramp, Peter Henderson
Certification Gold (CRIA)[1]
Supertramp singles chronology
"Breakfast in America"
(1979)
"Goodbye Stranger"
(1979)
"Take the Long Way Home"
(1979)

"Goodbye Stranger" is a song by British progressive rock band Supertramp, which first appeared on their 1979 album Breakfast in America. It met with only limited success in the band's native country but was a major hit elsewhere, reaching number 15 in the USA and number 6 in Canada.

The main "body" of the song is backed by a simple Wurlitzer electric piano melody; the arrangement intensifies as the song progresses. This is eventually joined by intermittent electric guitar chords and bass. The song features several layers of vocals to complete the melody and has falsetto vocals during the chorus.

In the music video, the band play the track on a soundstage. Rick Davies is playing the Wurlitzer electric piano, Roger Hodgson and Dougie Thomson are playing their guitars (Hodgson on electric, Thomson on bass), John Helliwell is playing keyboards and Bob Siebenberg is playing drums and percussion.

It was featured on the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati on the episode "Baby, If You Ever Wondered". It was also featured on the 1999 soundtrack to Magnolia album, along with "The Logical Song", its predecessor on the Billboard singles charts. The TV show Supernatural has the episode Goodbye Stranger named after the song, and ends with the soundtrack.

A parody of this song, called "Goodbye, Toby" was featured on the 4th season finale of The Office, sung by Michael Scott (Steve Carell).[2]

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Chart (1979) Peak
Position
UK Singles Chart[3] 57
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 15
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[5] 6

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