Goodbye Girl (1978) – David Gates

I wrote about this song back in November, 2019 because it premiered in the hit movie of the same name and is one of my mother’s favourites – Goodbye Girl. I loved this song from the moment it played at the end of the movie. Who can forget the impact of this song after Elliot asks Paula to restring his prized guitar? The song always elicits a lot of emotions because I tend to associate it with my early upbringing; the special people in my life; and the memories we share.

All your life you’ve waited for love to
Come and stay
And now that I have found you, you must
Not slip away
I know it’s hard believin’ the words you’ve
Heard before
But darlin’ you must trust them just once
More, ’cause baby
Goodbye doesn’t mean forever

Goodbye Girl is the title track from David Gates’ third solo album and was his biggest hit in his solo career. It was a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart peaking at #15. Gates was lead singer of the group Bread who have also featured here. Hootie and the Blowfish did an interesting cover of this song.

Davis Gates is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, Gates was surrounded by music from infancy, as the son of Clarence, a band director, and Wanda Gates (née Rollins), a piano teacher. He became proficient in piano, violin, bass and guitar by the time he enrolled in Tulsa’s Will Rogers High School.

According to a 1996 article in People, Gates has remained married to high school sweetheart Jo Rita since 1959. Together they raised four children: three lawyers and a cardiothoracic surgeon. Gates, who studied the cattle ranching business while touring with Bread, purchased a 1,400-acre (570 ha) cattle ranch financed by royalties he earned during his time with the band – Bread.

Someone wrote in the you tube comments of this song: ‘Richard Dreyfuss is my fourth cousin on my dad’s side of the family. I met him a couple times I always told him this is my all-time favorite movie next to jaws‘. And another responded: ‘Fourth cousin? You might as well say, “We’re on the same planet, so…

Reference:
1. David Gates – wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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4 comments on “Goodbye Girl (1978) – David Gates
  1. Ahh! Lovely! Whatever happened to music as good as this?

    • It’s probably considered too sacharine for people’s tastes these days. It’s unfortunate.

    • Someone wrote in the you tube comments of this song: ‘Richard Dreyfuss is my fourth cousin on my dad’s side of the family. I met him a couple times I always told him this is my all-time favorite movie next to jaws‘. And another responded: ‘Fourth cousin? You might as well say, “We’re on the same planet, so…“ haha. I had to add this to the post

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