This emotionally charged breakup story finds Zac Brown singing of a man who knows the love of his life is leaving him and he cannot do anything about it. "Sometimes I feel like a clown that can't wash off his makeup," he croons sadly. Both this song and another Uncaged track, "Sweet Annie" started out with Brown's songwriting partner Wyatt Durrette. "Those are true stories for him," ZBB multi-instrumentalist Clay Cook told The Boot. "'Goodbye in Her Eyes,' they've been trying to write for ten years. It finally came together during our arrangement process."
The tune had been around for over 10 years before it made it onto Uncaged. "It's a really old song," the band's keyboardist and guitarist Coy Bowles told The Boot. "It's probably one of the oldest if not the oldest song Zac, Sonia Leigh and Wyatt Durrette have written. It was inspired by a time when one of Wyatt's first relationships was going sour. He had a single moment when he realized that this is the end and he saw the goodbye in her eyes. So it's explaining that moment of revelation he had."
"Sometimes you don't want things to go a certain way but you know they do," added percussionist Daniel De Los Reyes. "We have to accept it, but it's easier said than done. But it still has to be done."
The song's music video was directed by Wayne Isham and tells the story of a romance in an old-time circus. The clip features Jaime Murray as the female lead. The English actress is best known for playing Stacie Monroe in season two of the Showtime series Dexter and Stacie Monroe in the BBC series Hustle. Zac Brown's wife, Shelley, designed the costumes.