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Goodbye Girl


David Gates

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This was the theme song to the popular 1977 Neil Simon play The Goodbye Girl, which starred Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason (Simon's wife at the time). The song is about falling in love with an untrusting woman who's been hurt before. (thanks, Mike - Santa Barbara, CA)
Gates was lead singer of the group Bread. He released this tune as a solo single and it peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. To capitalize on that success, Gates put an album together that featured material from his first two solo albums mixed with some new material and made this tune his title track. However, the album flopped only reaching #165 and Gates never again entered the Top 20 of the singles chart.
The song was covered by Pakistani-English singer-songwriter Rumer as the third single from her 2011 debut album Seasons Of My Soul.
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Comments (6):

A beautiful song by David Gates! He is among my favorite top ten of singer/songwriters. Such a superb array of melodies & lyrics! I wish David was still active today. We need songwriters like him now.
- David, Honolulu, HI
I loved this song from the moment it played at the end of the movie. I was 17 and with my first love. She is long gone, but I continue to love this song. David Gates wrote a wonderful song!
- Brent, Idaho Falls, ID
David is a prolific song writer, one of the many songs that he has written is titled "Popsicles and Icicles by the Murmaids. It was a top ten record in 1963
- louis rodriguez, lancaster, CA
Hootie and the Blowfish did a good cover of this song.
- Mitch, Indy, IN
Excellent song, very haunting
- Dave, Des Moines, IA
SO this is the song that goes "Goodbye girl now your home at last"
- Nick, Pepperell, MA
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