Goodbye Doesn't Mean Goodbye (#1 Country-Americana)

Story Behind The Song

Inspired by an ice storm in western Kansas....that closed the roads...but a 4WD got him thru....

Song Description

TOP TEN COUNTRY TOP TEN COUNTRY-AMERICANA TOP TEN COUNTRY-TRADITIONAL #1 Country-Americana #1 Country #1 Country-Traditional #1 Illinois

Song Length 4:26 Genre Folk - Americana, Folk - Americana
Tempo Slow (71 - 90) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Poignant Subject Breaking Up, Making Up
Similar Artists Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum Language English
Era 2000 and later


"Goodbye Doesn't Goodbye"
Lyrics and Music by Chet Nichols
Copyright 2011(99) by Chet Nichols (ASCAP)/Magic Garage Music (ASCAP) *

Verse 1
The ice was falling on the High Plains
A winter storm had closed the roads again
My only choice was to ignore the warnings
'Cause you called and left a message you were giving back my ring .... now....

Goodbye, usually means goodbye
When lovers don't talk it through and give love one more try
What could be worse than losing a lover and best friend?
Goodbye seems so final
When your love is a downhill climb
And goodbye really means goodbye

Verse 2
I know I can see you anytime
On the hall of pictures framed inside my mind
I can smell the roses in those photos
But they only fuel the questions burning deep inside my soul....why does....

Goodbye, usually means goodbye
When lovers don't talk it through and give love one more try?
What could be worse than losing a lover and best friend?
Goodbye seems so final
When your love is a downhill climb
And goodbye really means goodbye

I pulled into a Texaco to place another call
And it only took a moment for your "hello" to say it all
In an instant, my heart was sailing down the road
Through your tears you told me, all I needed to know ..... that.....

Goodbye, doesn't have to mean goodbye
When lovers talk it through and give love one more try
What could be worse than losing a lover and best friend?
Goodbye seems so final
When your love is a downhill climb
But, goodbye, doesn't mean goodbye
Oh, I knew we could I do it
If we only talked through it
Because goodbye doesn't mean goodbye
Doesn't mean goodbye
Doesn't mean goodbye

Copyright © 2016 ® by Chet Nichols (ASCAP) & Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
(Chet Nichols Creative Services, Inc-Magic Garage Music Division)

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instrumentation was awesome

Here's a straight to the heart story of a sad breakup...that might not really happen if the songwriter has his way. The lyrics paint a cold winter picture paralleled with a relationship that has gone south. The images portrayed in the lyrics are so real (hall of pictures, Texaco station). The Bridge is carefully crafted to pull the song elements together toward the end. Obviously this songwriter knows what he is doing. I really like the hook! Very memorable.

I'll admit i don't listen to this style of music very often...but playing a lot of country music and doing a great deal of country sessions in Nashville and playing with Mel Tillis has really helped me to identify a well written tune...and you've written one...great job, intelligently written,a lyric that told a story!

Very pretty song. Great lyrics. It really makes you follow the story/concept. Well done.

nice song. nice intro quality production. i liked the string parts very subtle and really add a nice touch of orchestration
sweet song nice vocals too

A very nice piece very smooth the vocals definitely flow with the melody. Although the vocalist is very good I can tell that his voice has far more power than he is releasing in the end of the song. This would be a great match for a film or TV placement. This would be a great addition to any music library or any publishers catalog.

This could be a country crossover with Americana/folk...The intro grabbed me as a contemporary country song...the prosody is good...the lyric matched the sadness of the music...The melodies were all well crafted and memorable. Your vocal fit the Americana folk genre well. I could hear this being used in a tv show or movie as background music...

Wonderful Song! Great arrangement! I especially enjoyed the way you arranged the guitar and piano - great idea!

The instrumentation and production of this song was great. It had a really nice feel too it. The song told a story, which is exactly what Country music is all about. Overall, very nicely done. I enjoyed listening to it.

Great vocal; great poignant feel to the song; brings up emotions to the listener

nailed the sad song thing

Beautiful song, such lovely lyrics, well written, brought a tear to my eye, really great!

A very nice song with a good tune. The basis and sentiment of the song work well.

A very passionate way to say goodby

Lyrics Chet Nichols Music Chet Nichols
Producer Chet Nichols Publisher Chet Nichols/Magic Garage Music (ASCAP)
Performance Chet Nichols - vocals, all instruments Label Magic Garage Music
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