|Single by Lady Antebellum|
|from the album Golden|
|Released||May 13, 2013|
|Lady Antebellum singles chronology|
"Goodbye Town" is a song recorded by American country music group Lady Antebellum. It was released on May 13, 2013, as the second single from their fifth studio album Golden. The song was written by band members Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood, along with Josh Kear.
The song is about a breakup, seen mainly from the perspective of the male in the relationship, who sees the sights of his town and expresses desire to leave, because every aspect of the town reminds him of his lover. Co-writer Josh Kear brought the idea for the song to Lady Antebellum during a writing session, drawing experience from a girlfriend with whom he broke up during his last year of college. He and the three members of Lady Antebellum wrote the song during the group's Own The Night Tour.
Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four stars out of five, writing that "the growth of Lady Antebellum -- already one of the top groups in country music -- is as exciting as this new music." He praised the song's "fresh production" and called the vocals "pleasantly surprising." Joseph Hudak of Country Weekly was less favorable, saying that the song has "an air of seriousness that doesn't exactly scream 'summer singalong.' Its pace feels overly deliberate, and the piano breakdown midway through calls to mind everything that weighed down portions of Need You Now and Own the Night." Hudak praised Kelley's "rough-hewn" voice and "whoa-oh-oh payoff" at the end, ultimately giving the song a C+.
"Goodbye Town" debuted at number 46 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week dated May 25, 2013, and at number 36 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week dated June 1, 2013. It also debuted at number 98 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number 95 on the Canadian Hot 100.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||77|
|Canada Country (Billboard)||11|
|US Billboard Hot 100||80|
|US Country Airplay (Billboard)||11|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||22|