50 Ways to Say Goodbye

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"50 Ways to Say Goodbye"
Train 50 Ways to Say Goodbye.jpg
Single by Train
from the album California 37
B-side "Brand New Book"
Released June 12, 2012 (2012-06-12)
Format
Genre
Length 4:08
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Train singles chronology
"Drive By"
(2012)
"50 Ways to Say Goodbye"
(2012)
"Bruises"
(2012)

"Drive By"
(2012)
"50 Ways to Say Goodbye"
(2012)
"Bruises"
(2012)
Music video
"50 Ways To Say Goodbye" on YouTube

"50 Ways to Say Goodbye" is a song by American pop rock band Train. It is the second single from their sixth studio album, California 37 and is the fifth track on the album. It officially impacted adult contemporary and pop radio in the United States on June 12, 2012. It peaked at number 20 on the Hot 100. It was certified gold by the RIAA on September 20, 2012.[1]

Composition[edit]

"50 Ways to Say Goodbye" is a pop rock song in the key of E minor. It is in common time with a tempo of 140 beats per minute. It utilizes electric guitars and a mariachi influenced brass section and acoustic guitar.

The lyrics are a tongue-in-cheek narrative where, to save face, the singer claims he will say his girlfriend died in a variety of outlandish ways rather than admit she dumped him. The song had some inspiration from Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" and was originally going to be titled "50 Ways to Kill Your Lover".[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Nick Bassett of The Re-View compared "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" to its predecessor, saying that "whilst it lacks that Summery carefree vibe [of "Drive By"], this newbie is still buoyed by a jaunty radio-friendly chorus".[3] The melody of the song has also been compared with the song "The Phantom of the Opera" from the eponymous musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.[4][5][6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Marc Klasfeld and features David Hasselhoff, Taryn Manning, Jonathan Lipnicki, and a Mariachi trio. It is set in a supermarket (Jimmy portrays the checker and Scott plays the butcher), with cutaways to the various excuses Pat makes for his girlfriend's absence and the band performing onstage.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" – 4:08
  1. "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" – 4:08
  2. "Brand New Book" – 3:47

Credits[edit]

  • Pat Monahan - songwriter, lead vocals
  • Espen Lind - songwriter, producer, additional guitars, bass, keyboards, backing vocals, programming
  • Amund Bjorklund - songwriter, producer, programming
  • Jimmy Stafford - guitar
  • Scott Underwood - drums
  • Hector Maldonado - bass
  • Jerry Becker - keyboards
  • Brad Magers - horns

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States June 12, 2012[30] Adult contemporary radio airplay Columbia Records, Sony Music
July 31, 2012[31] Mainstream radio airplay

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA".
  2. ^ "Train Frontman Reveals Original Gruesome Title of "50 Ways to Say Goodbye"". September 27, 2012. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "Train: 50 Ways To Say Goodbye (Official Music Video)". Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  4. ^ "Train: 50 Ways to Say Goodbye (TRAINVEVO) (Comment by JA Products)".
  5. ^ "LISTEN: New Train Single Sounds Like Phantom Of The Opera Theme Song. Hear '50 Ways To Say Goodbye.'(Comment by JA Products)".
  6. ^ "Comparison - Train's 50 Ways To Say Goodbye & Phantom Of The Opera".
  7. ^ "Train - 50 Ways to Say Goodbye" (in German). Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH. Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Train – 50 Ways To Say Goodbye". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Train – 50 Ways To Say Goodbye" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "Train Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201250 into search.
  12. ^ "Train: 50 Ways to Say Goodbye" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved February 11, 2015.
  13. ^ "Icelandic Singles Chart". Tonlist.is. Retrieved 2013-05-11.
  14. ^ "Train – 50 Ways To Say Goodbye Media Forest". Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest.
  15. ^ "The Official Lebanese Top 20 - Train". The Official Lebanese Top 20. July 1, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 34, 2012" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Train – 50 Ways To Say Goodbye" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  20. ^ "Train Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Train Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Train Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Train Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "Train Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  25. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 – Year-End 2012". Billboard. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  26. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 2012" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  27. ^ "Best of 2012 - Hot 100 Songs". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
  28. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs – Year-End 2012". Billboard. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  29. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs – Year-End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  30. ^ "Hot/Modern/AC Future Releases - Hot Adult Contemporary Rock Songs and Release Dates - ..."
  31. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases - Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release Dates ..."

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