Going, Going, Gone

Album: Growin' Up (2022)
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Songfacts®:

  • "Going, Going, Gone" is a heartbreak song where Luke Combs sings of falling in love with a free spirit. Because the girl follows her own path, Combs knows there's no way he can stop her from disappearing when she wants to move on.
  • During the chorus, Combs compares the girl's reluctance to stick around to things that happen over a short period.

    Like lightning in the sky
    Like fireworks in July
    Like a left field home run ball
    Like a whiskey shot at last call


    Like the things Combs has listed, it won't be long before the girl is "going, going, gone."
  • Going, going, gone" is an auctioneer's traditional announcement that bidding is ending. Other artists with songs titled "Going, Going, Gone" include:

    Bob Dylan for his 1974 Planet Waves album.

    Lee Greenwood for his 1983 album Somebody's Gonna Love You. Released as a single, it topped the Country chart.

    George Strait for his 2015 Cold Beer Album.

    2018 American Idol winner Maddie Poppe for her coronation song.

    Lucy Dacus for her 2021 Home Video album.
  • "Going, Going, Gone" is the closing track of Growin' Up. Luke Combs wrote the songs over a two-year period with Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton. Matthews and Singleton previously co-produced the six bonus tracks on the deluxe edition of Combs' previous album, What You See Ain't Always What You Get.
  • Combs penned "Going, Going, Gone" with his frequent writing partner Ray Fulcher, and with James McNair ("Lovin' On You," "On the Other Line").
  • The musicians are:

    Acoustic guitar: Charlie Worsham
    Electric guitar: Jonathan Singleton, Rob McNelley and Sol Philcox-Littlefield
    Bass: Jonathan Singleton and Steve Mackey
    Drums: Jerry Roe
    Keyboards: Jim "Moose" Brown

    Steve Mackey is one of the most sought-out Nashville studio musicians. In 2021 the Academy of Country Music nominated him as "Bass Player of the Year." He first worked with Combs on the country star's What You See Ain't Always What You Get deluxe album.

    He's not the same Steve Mackey as the English musician who was Pulp's bass guitarist.

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