Too Late for Goodbyes

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"Too Late for Goodbyes"
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Single by Julian Lennon
from the album Valotte
B-side "Well I Don't Know" (UK 7")
"Let Me Be" (US 7")
"Big Mama", "Well I Don't Know" (UK 12")
Released 24 September 1984 (UK)
January 1985 (US)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded February – August 1984
Genre New wave
Length 3:30
Label Charisma (UK)
Atlantic (US)
Writer(s) Julian Lennon
Producer(s) Phil Ramone
Julian Lennon singles chronology
"Too Late for Goodbyes"

"Too Late for Goodbyes" is the first single (second in the U.S.) from Julian Lennon's 1984 album Valotte. It featured the harmonica of Jean "Toots" Thielemans, and it was a top-ten hit in the UK and U.S., reaching No. 6 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1984,[1] and No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in late March 1985.[2] B-side "Big Mama" has been described by Lennon as "semi-hard rock".[3][4]

"Too Late for Goodbyes" peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart in 1985,[2] spending two weeks at the top of this chart. The music video for the song was directed by Sam Peckinpah,[5] and produced by Martin Lewis.[6] To date, it is the most successful song of Lennon's singing career.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" single (Charisma JL1)[7]
  1. "Too Late for Goodbyes" – 3:30
  2. "Well I Don't Know" – 4:35
US 7" single (Atlantic 7-89589)[7]
  1. "Too Late for Goodbyes" – 3:30
  2. "Let Me Be" – 2:12
UK 12" single (Charisma JL112)[7]
  1. "Too Late for Goodbyes" – 3:30
  2. "Big Mama" – 3:16
  3. "Well I Don't Know" – 4:35
US 12" single (Atlantic 0-86899)[7]
  1. "Too Late for Goodbyes (Extended Special Mix)" – 5:55
  2. "Too Late for Goodbyes" – 3:30
  3. "Let Me Be" – 2:12

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto V on the in-game radio station, Los Santos Rock Radio.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Julian Lennon's UK chart positions Chart Stats. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Billboard chart history for Too Late for Goodbyes" Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  3. ^ Burianek, CJ. "Valotte: Big Mama". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Harvey, Phil (Host); Lennon, Julian (Star) (23–28 May 1985). Too Late For Goodbyes The Julian Lennon Radio Special (Radio). Radio International. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Burianek, CJ. "1984 - The Debut Release Valotte". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Encyclopedia of American Cinema (illustrated ed.). Boston: 2007. ISBN 9781605011455. 
  7. ^ a b c d Burianek, CJ. "Julian Lennon Singles from the 80s". Retrieved 15 June 2013. 

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