The Long Goodbye (song)

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"The Long Goodbye"
Single by Paul Brady
from the album Oh What a World
Released24 April 2000 (2000-04-24)
FormatCD single
GenreRock, folk
Length4:22 (album version)
3:57 (single version)
LabelRykodisc
Songwriter(s)Paul Brady, Ronan Keating
Producer(s)Alastair McMillan, Paul Brady

"The Long Goodbye" is a song written by Irish singer-songwriters Paul Brady and Ronan Keating for Brady's 2000 album Oh What a World. In 2001, it was covered by country music duo Brooks & Dunn for their album Steers & Stripes. Ronan Keating released his version in April 2003 as the last single from his album Destination (2002).

Track listing[edit]

  • Promotional CD single
  1. "The Long Goodbye" – 3:57

Brooks & Dunn version[edit]

"The Long Goodbye"
Brooks & Dunn - The Long Goodbye.jpg
Single by Brooks & Dunn
from the album Steers & Stripes
B-side"Only in America"
ReleasedOctober 22, 2001
FormatCD single
GenreCountry
Length3:15 (single edit)
3:51 (album version)
LabelArista Nashville 69101
Songwriter(s)Paul Brady
Ronan Keating
Producer(s)Kix Brooks
Ronnie Dunn
Mark Wright
Brooks & Dunn singles chronology
"Only in America"
(2001)
"The Long Goodbye"
(2001)
"My Heart Is Lost to You"
(2002)

"The Long Goodbye" was recorded by country music duo Brooks & Dunn for their album Steers & Stripes (2001). The single was Number One hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, and a #39 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background[edit]

Ronnie Dunn was initially challenged by this song. "For me, I didn't know if I could sing some of these songs, if I could get inside them. So I'd take the tracks home...Paul Brady's demo of 'The Long Good-bye was intimidating...How do you do that? I'd work in my barn, explore the songs, try things, really learn where the song wanted to go, where I wanted to go."[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Chuck Taylor, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably saying that the song has more of a pop flavor than most of their other music. Taylor also says that Dunn's "earnest emotion exudes quiet desperation mixed with knowing acceptance."[2]

Charts[edit]

"The Long Goodbye" debuted at number 53 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for the week of October 27, 2001.

Chart (2001-2002) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 39

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 17

Ronan Keating version[edit]

"The Long Goodbye"
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Single by Ronan Keating
from the album Destination
Released28 April 2003
FormatCD single
Recorded2002
GenrePop
Length4:43 (album version)
4:18 (single version)
LabelPolydor
Songwriter(s)Paul Brady, Ronan Keating
Producer(s)Stephen Lipson
Ronan Keating singles chronology
"We've Got Tonight"
(2002)
"The Long Goodbye"
(2003)
"Lost For Words"
(2003)

"The Long Goodbye" was released as the fourth and last single from Irish singer-songwriter Ronan Keating's second studio album, Destination. The single version was produced by Stephen Lipson. The single peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart, number 10 in Ireland, and reached the top 50 in Australia, Austria, Germany, and New Zealand.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1

  1. "The Long Goodbye" - 4:44
  2. "Love Won't Work (If We Don't Try)" - 3:31
  3. "This Is It" - 4:03
  4. "The Long Goodbye" (Video) - 4:40

UK CD2

  1. "The Long Goodbye" - 4:44
  2. "We've Got Tonight" (Feat. Jeanette) - 4:11
  3. "Love Won't Work (If We Don't Try)" (Video) - 3:31

UK cassette

  1. "The Long Goodbye" - 4:44
  2. "The Long Goodbye" (Bimbo Jones Vocal Mix) - 6:18

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 49
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 45
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[8] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 44
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 10
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 74
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 47
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[13] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 70
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 126

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anon (2001). "Biography: Steers & Stripes" Arista Nashville.com. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  2. ^ Billboard, October 6, 2001
  3. ^ "Brooks & Dunn Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Brooks & Dunn Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Best of 2002: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2002. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Ronan Keating – The Long Goodbye". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Ronan Keating – The Long Goodbye" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ronan Keating – The Long Goodbye" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Ronan Keating – The Long Goodbye". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Long Goodbye". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Ronan Keating – The Long Goodbye" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Ronan Keating – The Long Goodbye". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ronan Keating – The Long Goodbye". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  16. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2003" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 21 September 2018.

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