This Merseybeat-echoing ballad documents the doomed collapse of a hedonistic relationship. Guitarist and principal songwriter Serge Pizzorno told Q magazine: "I've never really written a song like this before. I had this beautiful tune for ages and didn't know what to do with it. It's got a Phil Spector, Burt Bacharach kind of feel. It's about a self-destructive love affair, one which is great for a bit but you both know it can't last or someone is going to die. And Tom's vocals are genius."
Pizzorno told NME he has "a tendency to be attracted to the darker side of the personality - creatively. He continued: "'Goodbye Kiss' is a break-up song. It's not, 'we fell in love and everything worked out', it's like 'we had a great time, but its f--ked now. You'best f--king walk away.' I probably go there quite often."
A live video was shot for the song, which in addition to the normal Kasabian quintet, also features live keyboardist Ben Kealey and trumpet player Gary Alesbrook. Regarding the video release, the band said on their official website: "Shot in no-nonsense, classic black and white, it captures the band live on stage during their massive gigs at London's O2."
"It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" was inspired by a dream where Michael Stipe conjured up images of people with the initials L.B.: Lester Bangs, Leonid Breshnev, Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein.