I Will Not Say Goodbye

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"I Will Not Say Goodbye"
Single by Danny Gokey
from the album My Best Days
Released June 28, 2010 (2010-06-28)
Format Digital download
Genre Country
Length 3:52
Label RCA Nashville/19
Songwriter(s) Lari White
Chuck Cannon
Vicky McGehee
Producer(s) Mark Bright
Danny Gokey singles chronology
"My Best Days Are Ahead of Me"
"I Will Not Say Goodbye"
"Second Hand Heart"
"My Best Days Are Ahead of Me"
"I Will Not Say Goodbye"
"Second Hand Heart"
Music video
"I Will Not Say Goodbye" on YouTube

"I Will Not Say Goodbye" is a song written by Lari White, Chuck Cannon and Vicky McGehee, and recorded by American Idol season 8 finalist Danny Gokey. It was released in June 2010 as the second single from his debut album My Best Days, which was released on March 2, 2010 via RCA Nashville.

The song garnered positive reviews from critics who called it the best song off My Best Days. "I Will Not Say Goodbye" had minor success in the US, peaking at number 32 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The accompanying music video was directed by Wes Edwards and tells stories of people who've lost loved ones in life, while including live performances of Gokey performing the song.

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock described the song positively in his review of the album, saying that it "is a definite show stopper".[1] Brian Mansfield of USA Today also said that "It'll be a showstopper live".[2] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times gave a positive review of the song by calling it "devastating" and "by far the album’s best song."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Wes Edwards. It tells the stories of people who have lost a husband, a mother, and a son, including footage of Gokey performing the song in a theatre and house in Nashville, Tennessee. The video is almost 7 minutes in length and ends with a dedication to Gokey's late wife, Sophia.

Chart performance[edit]

"I Will Not Say Goodbye" debuted at number 53 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week ending July 3, 2010. The single peaked at number 32 in August after eleven weeks.

Chart (2010) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 32


  1. ^ Matt Bjorke (June 2, 2010). "My Best Days review". Roughstock. 
  2. ^ Mansfield, Brian (March 2, 2010). "Danny Gokey's 'My Best Days': Track-by-track". USA Today. Gannett Company. 
  3. ^ "New CDs". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. March 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Danny Gokey – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Danny Gokey. Retrieved January 22, 2011.