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Lady Antebellum, ‘Goodbye Town’ – Lyrics Uncovered

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If you listen to Lady Antebellum‘s ‘Goodbye Town’ lyrics, it’s pretty obvious that the words about a lover scorned are inspired by a true story. Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood co-wrote the song with songwriter Josh Kear based on one of Kear’s past relationships.

From the first verse of ‘Goodbye Town,’ the lyrics paint the picture of a small community that has just too much history for the narrator.

Right there’s the high school where we met / We’d sneak out back for a couple kisses and a cigarette / And that parking lot was our first date / And her momma slammed the door when I dropped her off too late,” are the reminders of places where the narrator and his ex used to go.

It turns out, Kear went through a breakup that was all too similar to the one described in ‘Goodbye Town.’

“I lived with a girl in college, my sophomore year. And at the end of that year she bailed and left town,” Kear explains in an episode of Lady A’s Webisode Wednesday. “So, I had two more years of school left in that little town, and it was absolute misery. Because, everywhere I went was somewhere we’d been or something we’d done. It was two of the longest years of my life.”

Fast forward a few years later, and Kear got “the hell out of” that tiny town. He moved to Nashville for a publishing deal, but that feeling of being trapped in a place where everything reminded him of his ex never left.

Those feelings turned into a shred of an idea for a song, and when Kear was out on the road with country music trio Lady A, he said they captured his feelings beautifully.

“I’m absolutely in love with this song and what they did with it,” he adds.

Lady Antebellum are pretty ecstatic about the song, too, as Scott reveals: “It’s one that we’re really excited about.”

When the trio first tried to record ‘Goodbye Town,’ they just couldn’t seem to give the lyrics the life they deserve. But after a little production magic, the song turned into one of the lead singles from the band’s latest album, ‘Golden.’

“We had written it a while back, but it kind of got put on the back burner a little bit,” Kelley says. “We weren’t sure how it would come out, and the minute Paul Worley said, ‘Let’s just approach it a completely different way,’ it just showed itself as one of the frontrunners of this record.”

Listen to Lady Antebellum, 'Goodbye Town'

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