Goodbye Stranger

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"Goodbye Stranger"
Goodbye Stranger.jpg
Single by Supertramp
from the album Breakfast in America
B-side"Even in the Quietest Moments"
ReleasedJune 1979
StudioThe Village Recorder, Los Angeles
GenreSoft rock, progressive rock
Songwriter(s)Rick Davies
Producer(s)Peter Henderson, Supertramp
Supertramp singles chronology
"Breakfast in America"
"Goodbye Stranger"
"Take the Long Way Home"

"Goodbye Stranger" is a song by the English rock band Supertramp, which first appeared on their sixth studio album, Breakfast in America (1979). Despite being met with only limited success in the UK, it was a major hit elsewhere, even a Top 20 hit in the United States and Canada, reaching number 15 and 6 respectively. It was written by Rick Davies.[1]

Context and meaning[edit]

The song features two voices, representing two protagonists, both sung by Davies. It tells a story of the two protagonists leaving each other, and the end of their relationship.


Chart (1979) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[2] 6
French Singles Chart[3] 9
New Zealand Singles Chart[4] 40
UK Singles Chart[5] 57
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 15
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[7] 32



  1. ^ Breakfast in America (1979). Inner sleeve credits. A&M Records.
  2. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 32, No. 1, September 29, 1979". RPM. Archived from the original on 3 December 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Song artist 344 - Supertramp". Tsort.
  4. ^ " - Supertramp - Goodbye Stranger".
  5. ^ "Supertramp in the UK Charts". Archived from the original on 17 February 2011., The Official Charts.
  6. ^ "Goodbye Stranger - Supertramp". Billboard. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 234.

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