Blake Shelton during his mullet days | Photo credit: musictelevision.fi

When Blake Shelton debuted to the music scene in 2001, he did not only record original songs but also cut a few classic tunes by country legends. One of the first cover songs that the Austin” singer recorded was Goodbye Time.” The poignant country ballad was originally recorded by Conway Twitty in 1988. It was a Top 10 hit for the country icon reaching No. 7 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Sixteen years had passed since the song’s original recording, Shelton covered it and later appeared on his 2005 album Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill. The song was released as the third single on the said album. As the year 2005 reached midway, Shelton’s version of “Goodbye Time” gave him his fourth Top 10 hit. Specifically, the song peaked at No. 10 on the country chart. In addition, it cracked Billboard Hot 100. Peaking at No. 73, the song was a minor crossover hit for Shelton.

Watch the official music video for Blake Shelton’s cover of “Goodbye Time” below.

About the Song

As the song’s title suggests, “Goodbye Time” is a heartbreaking ballad. The protagonist is making a plea to his former lover. He tries to stop her from leaving him but to no avail. This specifically became apparent in the line: If the feeling’s gone, words won’t stop you anyway. In the end, he decided to let her go saying: If it’s too late for love to change your mind, then it’s goodbye time.

Songwriters James Dean Hicks and Roger Murrah were the great men behind the tune’s text. They wrote it out of a tough time. One of the songwriters, Hicks, shared that the song was inspired by a divorce. He revealed that at that time, his brother was

“holding on to something that was already gone.”

Murrah, on the other hand, disclosed how easily the song was completed. They were just playing music and singing lyrics and then ended up with a song. Thinking that their composition is a perfect tune for a woman, the two had initially planned to pitch it to Reba McEntireThe Queen of Country didn’t record the song though as she herself was also going through a divorce at that time. That led the song to Conway Twitty’s hand. Accordingly, he recorded it with backing vocals from Vince GillEventually, the song became one of his Top 10 hits in the late ’80s.

Below is a live performance “Goodbye Time” by Conway Twitty in 1988.

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