Goodbye Time

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"Goodbye Time"
Single by Conway Twitty
from the album Still in Your Dreams
B-side"Your Loving Side"
ReleasedFebruary 1988
Songwriter(s)James Dean Hicks
Roger Murrah
Producer(s)Jimmy Bowen
Dee Henry
Conway Twitty
Conway Twitty singles chronology
"That's My Job"
"Goodbye Time"
"Saturday Night Special"
"Goodbye Time"
Blake Shelton - Goodbye Time.jpg
Single by Blake Shelton
from the album Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill
ReleasedJanuary 24, 2005
FormatCD single
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
Songwriter(s)James Dean Hicks
Roger Murrah
Producer(s)Bobby Braddock
Blake Shelton singles chronology
"Some Beach"
"Goodbye Time"
"Nobody but Me"

"Goodbye Time" is a song recorded by American country music singer Conway Twitty. It was released in February 1988 as the first single from Twitty's album Still in Your Dreams. The song reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

In 2004, a cover was recorded by country music artist Blake Shelton on his album Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill. This cover was issued in early 2005 as that album's third single, and by mid-2005, it became the fourth Top Ten hit of Shelton's career, peaking at number 10 on the U.S. Billboard country charts and number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background and writing[edit]

James Dean Hicks and Roger Murrah were inspired to write "Goodbye Time" while Hicks's brother was going through a divorce. According to Hicks, his brother was "holding on to something that was already gone", and his situation inspired Hicks and Murrah to write the song.[1] Murrah pointed out that the two "just started playing music and singing lyrics", and the song came together.[1]

Initially, the two songwriters had planned for Reba McEntire to record "Goodbye Time". However, McEntire felt that she could not sing the song, as she, too, had been going through a divorce at the time, and she felt that several of the song's lyrics matched what her ex-husband had told her when they split.[1] The song was then pitched to Conway Twitty who recorded it. His version features Vince Gill on background vocals.[1]


"Goodbye Time" is a ballad in which the narrator addresses a former lover, attempting to keep her from leaving him. Ultimately, he tells her that "if the feeling's gone / Words won't stop you anyway". In the chorus, he adds that "if it's too late for love to change your mind / Then it's goodbye time".

Blake Shelton cover[edit]

16 years after Twitty's rendition, Blake Shelton recorded "Goodbye Time" for his third studio album, 2004's Blake Shelton's Barn & Grill, having been inspired to record the song after hearing it on a television special about Twitty.[1] Murrah felt positively of Shelton's rendition, stating that Shelton "[made] the song his own".[1]

Chart positions[edit]

Conway Twitty[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 7
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 11

Blake Shelton[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 73
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 47


  1. ^ a b c d e f Salonica, Kelly (2005-11-07). "Story Behind the Song". Country Weekly. 12 (23): 70.
  2. ^ "Conway Twitty Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  4. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  5. ^ "Best of 2005: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2005. Retrieved July 11, 2012.

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