champion David Cook released this song as the first single from his sophomore album. He co-penned the tune with the prolific songwriter and producer, Ryan Tedder and during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter
, Tedder explained why this is different to his old material: "I think a concern that anybody might have with working with me after 'Already Gone
,' and 'Halo
' is that I'm going to give them this huge sweeping ballad. Even on Adam (Lambert)'s last album, I gave him 'Sleepwalker
,' but I'm kind of over that. I got sick of it about a year-and-a-half ago and stopped. David was, like, 'I want to do something uptempo,' so his first single, 'The Last Goodbye,' you would never know that I wrote it. It's really emotional and it hits you with the chorus about 40 seconds into the song, so it's just immediate."