Old friends, lost love and the final moments with both… that’s a hell of a recipe for a sad country song.
Back in 2017, off his Blink You’ll Miss It album, Mike Ryan gave us the perfect song to reflect back on our lives and the moments when one part of it faded into the next. When you said “so long” to what you knew so you could look ahead at what’s to come. He gave us a “Damn Good Goodbye.”
From the last time sneaking beers with your buddies to the last time you see your first love, this song tells these growing up moments in such a simple and relatable way you just can’t help but to remember those times in your life when you left something or someone behind.
It’s a hell of a walk down memory lane.
“We met up at my place ‘Cause my folks were out of town It was our last night together We were gonna make it count We were headed off out to Auburn, Texas Tech, and Kansas state Like a band of brothers breaking up With one more show to play
So we drink a case of Shiner And all my daddy’s Maker’s Mark Pull them speakers on the back porch Sat around and smoked cigars We sang along and laughed till dawn And watched that red sunrise That was a damn good goodbye
They ain’t ever easy And sometimes they go bad Oh but sometimes they turn into The best times you ever had Nothing makes a memory That you’ll take with you all your life Like a damn good goodbye”
The whole last verse is pretty spot on, but those last three lines get me every time I hear it…