Good Goodbye

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"Good Goodbye"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album One More Light
Working title Good Goodbye
Recorded 2016
Released April 13, 2017
Length 3:31
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 128
Key A Minor
Live debut May 6, 2017
Last played July 6, 2017
Writer(s) Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Jesse Shatkin, Pusha T, Stormzy
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Jesse Shatkin
Label Warner Bros. Records

One More Light track listing
  1. Nobody Can Save Me
  2. Good Goodbye
  3. Talking To Myself
  4. Battle Symphony
  5. Invisible
  6. Heavy
  7. Sorry For Now
  8. Halfway Right
  9. One More Light
  10. Sharp Edges

"Good Goodbye" is the second track on One More Light. The song had its lyrics premiered through Genius on April 10,[1] three days before the song was released for fans who pre-ordered the album. Although it wasn't released as a single in the US, "Good Goodbye" received radio airplay in Europe and a music video was created for the song.

Mike Shinoda raps heavily on the track,[2] making it one of the few songs with rap on the album. It features guest vocals by Pusha T and Stormzy[3] and additional production by Jesse Shatkin. The track has been described as a hip hop track with a sarcastic tone to it that doesn't fit in with any other song on One More Light.[4]

Background

The title "Good Goodbye" was first seen in a picture posted on Joe Hahn's Instagram story on September 6, 2016 of Brad playing acoustic guitar with the band's song board behind him.[5] According to Mike Shinoda, the song was created very early in the album process. He came up with the hook and the track in a day while working alone with Jesse Shatkin. Mike originally had two verses on the song[6] and wanted to add an electronic drop to the bridge but it didn't sound good and he thought a third rap verse by him would be too much,[7] so they started thinking about who they could bring in on the track for rap verses.[8] That ended up being Pusha T (who was previously featured on DJ Vice's remix of "I'll Be Gone") and Stormzy.[9]

Explaining how the collaboration with Stormzy came together, Mike Shinoda said, "Our manager ran into Stormzy’s manager, and mentioned we had a couple of songs that Stormzy would sound great on. He came through right at the last moment, understandably, since he’s [busy] dropping the biggest record you’ve ever heard. We didn’t know how crazy it was [for Stormzy] over here, by the way, we just liked him from afar."[10] According to Chester, Stormzy had been on the band's radar for quite a while.[3]

About the inspiration for the song, Mike said, "I wanted this song to be about one of my favourite moments in a basketball game. This is when, at a Lakers game, the rival team fouls out and the whole place erupts into this moment where they sing Hit the Road, Jack and they kick them out of the building. The cheerleaders are swishing their pompoms around and literally sending them out of the door, and the crowd do it too. There’s a couple of songs they use there, but I wanted to write one which they would also make use of in that kind of situation. A song which you can use to kick people out of the door."[9] Chester added, "We wanted this song to apply to two things at the same time: someone getting kicked out of a game, and someone getting out of a bad relationship."[1]

Music Video

Lyric Video

A lyric video for "Good Goodbye" was directed by Rafatoon (who also directed "Battle Symphony") and released on April 13, 2017 on Linkin Park's official YouTube channel.

Music Video

The official music video for "Good Goodbye" was directed by Isaac Rentz and features Pusha T and Stormzy, who are featured on the track, and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.[12] The video was released on May 5, 2017 without any previous announcement.

During a Facebook chat on April 02, 2017, Mike Shinoda announced Linkin Park were working on a new video for a new song that is "not super silly, but it's still not very serious," commenting it was a change of pace for the band.[13] It was later revealed that the music video was for the song "Good Goodbye". It has been filmed in Los Angeles over a day on March 14th and Stormzy flew out to be a part of it.[6] Just like on the "Heavy" music video, Linkin Park partnered with Mercedes-Benz for "Good Goodbye", having 3 cars featured on the video.

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Good Goodbye (feat. Pusha T & Stormzy) One More Light 3:31 2016 April 13, 2017
  • Features vocals by Pusha T and Stormzy.
Good Goodbye (Official Video) 3:54 2016 May 5, 2017
  • Extended synth intro.
Good Goodbye Good Goodbye (Radio Promo)

One More Light Instrumentals

3:31 2016 April 2017
  • Official instrumental version.
  • Contains pitch-shifted vocals.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Good Goodbye (feat. Stormzy) One More Light Live 4:08 2017 December 15, 2017
Good Goodbye (feat. Stormzy) One More Light Live (Clean) 4:08 2017 December 15, 2017
  • Censored.

Live

Shortly after the release of "Good Goodbye", Mike Shinoda announced he would rap his original verse in the place of Stormzy's/Pusha T's verse (if they're not with Linkin Park) when performing live.[14] Linkin Park went live on Facebook to promote the announcement of the North American Tour on May 2nd and performed "Good Goodbye" from the rehearsals.[15] The song featured a brand new extended intro as well as Mike rapping a second verse over the instrumental of Stormzy's verse. The second chorus and Pusha T's verse were skipped.

"Good Goodbye" got its live debut on May 6th at Linkin Park's performance in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Mike slightly changing the seventh and eighth lines from the second verse performed in the rehearsal and with an extended, sing-a-long intro. The full song was debuted at the band's show in London, when Stormzy came out to play the song with the band. Mike rapped his original verse in place of Pusha T's instead of Stormzy's.

Variations

Last Updated: October 30, 2017

Type Description First Played Last Played
Intro Synth Intro w/ Light Guitar May 2, 2017 May 2, 2017
Intro Synth Intro w/ Sing-a-Long May 6, 2017 July 6, 2017
Alternative Shortened (No Second Chorus or Second Verse) w/ Live Verse May 2, 2017 July 6, 2017
Alternative w/ Live Verse July 3, 2017 July 4, 2017

Live Guests

  • Stormzy

Personnel

Linkin Park

  • Chester Bennington - Vocals
  • Rob Bourdon - Drums, Background Vocals
  • Brad Delson - Guitar, Background Vocals
  • Joseph Hahn - Programming, Background Vocals
  • Phoenix - Bass, Background Vocals
  • Mike Shinoda - Keyboards, Programming, Vocals

Additional Musicians

  • Pusha T's vocals recorded at No Name Studios, North Hollywood, CA by Tom Kahre
  • Stormzy's vocals recorded at Matrix Studios, London, UK by Fraser T. Smith

Production

  • Written by Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Jesse Shatkin, Terrance Thornton and Michael Omari
  • Produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson
  • Additional production by Jesse Shatkin
  • Vocal production by Jesse Shatkin
  • Pusha T appears courtesy of Def Jam Recordings. A division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
  • Stormzy appears courtesy of #Merky Records
  • Music performed by Linkin Park
  • Vocals by Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda
  • Chester's vocals recorded at The Pool Recording Studio, London, UK
  • Mike's vocals recorded at The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, CA
  • Music recorded at Larrabee Studios, North Hollywood, CA and Sphere Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Engineered by Ethan Mates, Mike Shinoda and Josh Newell
  • Assistant engineer: Alejandro Baima
  • Studio B assistant engineer: Warren Willis
  • Studio drum tech: Jerry Johnson
  • Mixed by Manny Marooquin at Larrabee Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Mix engineer: Chris Galland assisted by Jeff Jackson and Robin Florent

Lyrics

Gallery

External Links

Music Videos

Live Videos

  • Good Goodbye (Rehearsal Video): LP FB

LPTV

  • Good Goodbye - Behind The Scenes: LPTV | LP FB

Facebook

Other

  • Making Of Good Goodbye (Official Lyric Video): Rafatoon IG

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Linkin Park Premieres The Lyrics To "Good Goodbye" Featuring Pusha T & Stormzy | Genius, April 10, 2017
  2. Linkin Park - Timeline, February 21, 2017
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stormzy, Linkin Park & Pusha T collaborate on new song 'Good Goodbye' | Gigwise, March 27, 2017
  4. LPAssociation on Twitter: "Today @mikeshinoda said Good Goodbye is a hip hop track that doesnt fit in with any other song on #OneMoreLight. Has a sarcastic tone to it." ., March 30, 2017
  5. LP7 New Album Updates - Page 7 - Everything Linkin Park - Linkin Park Live - Page 7, September 07, 2016
  6. 6.0 6.1 Linkin Park talk about their collab track with Stormzy! – Be Real, Be On It. Be Box., April 06, 2017
  7. Linkin Park Live on Twitter: "'Good Goodbye' originally had a bridge that didn't work too well and two Mike verses. Mike felt a third verse would be too much..." ., April 13, 2017
  8. Linkin Park Live on Twitter: "...so he brought in the other collaborators to fill in the gaps!" ., April 13, 2017
  9. 9.0 9.1 Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda: “If you’re expecting ESP guitars, then this album is not for you” – All Things Loud, April 11, 2017
  10. Nine things we learned from Linkin Park's intimate unplugged session - TeamRock, March 31, 2017
  11. Rafael Perez (@rafatoon) on Instagram: “Es una alegría presentarles el nuevo video que dirigí para @linkinpark - Good Goodbye feat…”, April 14, 2017
  12. Linkin Park - Watch the music video for #GoodGoodbye featuring..., May 05, 2017
  13. Mike Shinoda live on Facebook (02.04.17) - YouTube, April 02, 2017
  14. Linkin Park Live on Twitter: "When performing 'Good Goodbye' live, Mike will rap his original verse in the place of Stormzy's/Pusha T's verse (if they're not with LP)" ., April 13, 2017
  15. Linkin Park - ONE MORE LIGHT NORTH AMERICAN TOUR - Get..., May 02, 2017