In "Goodbye To You," Michelle Branch is finally pulling the plug on a toxic relationship. She sings it rather convincingly, but she wrote the song when she was only 15 and hadn't experienced anything like the breakup she describes in the lyric. Branch, though, could articulate the feelings of love and loss quite well long before she had been through it herself. With this song, she said she channeled it in a way, like someone whispered it in her ear.
"When I first started writing songs, I was just emulating what I had heard in love songs, read in books, and seen in movies," she said in a 2021 Songfacts interview
. "I used a lot of teenage daydream stuff to find inspiration for song lyrics. It's been interesting as I've gotten older actually being able to relate to certain parts of certain songs or being able to look back and say, 'Oh, that's weirdly relevant now," although maybe it wasn't at the time.'"