Danielle Bradbery Teams With Thomas Rhett for Wistful ‘Goodbye Summer’ [Listen]
"Goodbye Summer" is actually a re-imagining of "Hello Summer," a song from Bradbery's sophomore album, I Don't Believe We've Met. Rhett wrote that song with Rhett Akins, Julian Bunetta and the Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston, and it explored the ups and downs of a summer love. "Goodbye Summer" is a bittersweet take on the same thing, but with Rhett joining in to give the male perspective on the subject matter.
"Goodbye Summer" retains the pop-country musical elements that made "Hello Summer" such an alluring record. However, Rhett's presence on the track turns it from a one-sided narration of a short-but-intense love affair into a song in which both lovers are lamenting their shared loss, and the give-and-take of Bradbery and Rhett's voices singing different verses and then joining on the choruses gives the record added depth and appeal.
"Hello summer, goodbye to my heart / Blue skies and blue eyes are a hell of a way to start / Letting it go would be the hardest part / Hello summer, goodbye to my heart," they sing in the chorus.
“Thomas Rhett was one of the first mentors I had in Nashville and we’ve become really good friends over the years. He's like a big brother to me, so to be able to record a song he wrote was incredibly special,” Bradbery says in a press release. “I remember when I first heard the demo, I actually jammed to it with Thomas Rhett's vocal on it as if it wasn't even going to be mine. Now to have the opportunity to re-record the song with him — it’s a dream scenario.”
"It's been fun watching this song evolve since I first recorded the demo," Rhett adds. "Danielle's voice really took it to another level, and I'm pumped that we got the chance to team up on a new version. It's always a blast getting to create with your friends."
Did You Know? Much of the music on Bradbery's most recent album was inspired by the ups and downs of her own relationship.
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Danielle Bradbery's "Goodbye Summer" Lyrics:
He pulled into that parking lot with them out-of-state tags / I fell in love before he unpacked his bags / One look, one smile, one what's your name? / One whatcha doing later, wanna grab a drink?
Hello summer, goodbye to my heart / Blue skies and blue eyes are a hell of a way to start / Letting it go would be the hardest part / Hello summer, goodbye to my heart
Who knew that one drink would turn into five? / Crazy how June burns into July / Trying to keep September from creeping in my head / But I knew what I was getting into the minute that I said
Yeah, he packed his bags, filled his tank with gas / Man, it went by so fast / Too good to last, yeah, just like that
It was goodbye summer, you tore me apart / Blue eyes and blue skies fade into the dark / Letting it go is the hardest part / Hello summer, goodbye to my broken heart / To my broken heart / To my broken heart / To my broken heart
Hello summer / Goodbye summer
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