February 15

When Love is Not Enough: “Goodbye Time” by Conway Twitty

“Goodbye Time” was included in the album Still in Your Dreams, released in 1988. The album features songs by Conway Twitty, such as “I Wish I Was Still in Your Dreams,” “If You Were Mine to Lose,” and “Saturday Night Special.”

The song, written by Roger Murrah and James Dean Hicks, charted at the 7th spot on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and 11th in the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. Twitty’s hit song was also covered by Blake Shelton, whose rendition charted at 10th place on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Meaning behind the song

Conway Twitty’s “Goodbye Time” has a painful message about divorce and the reality that comes with it.

According to songwriters Hicks and Murrah, they thought of the song while Hicks’s brother was going through a rough patch in his marriage, which eventually led to a divorce. The songwriters were inspired to write the song when Hicks said that his brother was somehow holding on to something that was already gone. 

True enough, the song lyrics are aimed straight at the heart as it plays. Divorce can be devastating, and the song perfectly embodies that turmoil. The happy memories are erased, and the love, trust, and sacrifices are gone in a snap.

May your hearts heal and stay the strongest for all those going through that rough time.

Listen to Conway Twitty’s “Goodbye Time” here.


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