Country Throwback: George Strait’s 1989 Classic ‘Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye’

by Emily Morgan

George Strait made women everywhere never want to say goodbye after the country legend released his 1989 country hit.

Written by Tony and Troy Martin, “Baby’s Gotten Good At Goodbye” quickly made it to the No. 1 spot on the charts, making it George Strait’s ninth consecutive No. 1. It also marked his 16th No. 1 hit. 

The song appeared on George Strait’s album Beyond the Blue Neon, which was certified platinum and quickly earned the No. 1 spot on the Country Albums chart.

In the song, the narrator sings about a former lover who left him. He assumed this was the final goodbye, since “this time she didn’t cry.”

The woman also didn’t shed a single tear as she left and the narrator knows she’s perfected goodbye this time.

“That’s why I’m sittin on the front steps

Starin down the road, wonderin’ if she’ll come back

This time I don’t know

After she packed when she looked back

There were no tears in her eyes

And that’s got me worried thinking

Maybe my baby’s gotten good at goodbye”

In addition to nabbing the top spot on the country music charts, it also received high marks from critics. 

Kevin John Coyne gave the song an A grade, saying the single “is so closely associated with my discovery of George Strait’s music and country music as a whole that I can’t separate the experience enough to give ‘Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye’ an objective evaluation.”

George Strait Swoons Women During Tuscon Show

At a live show in Tucson, Arizona, George Strait performed the heart-wrenching song. Due to Strait’s good looks and smooth-as-butter vocals, the female audience members’ knees went weak. 

The ladies could not get enough of The King of Country. Even though their screams overtook Strait’s singing, he was able to command the stage and give an incredible performance.

It’s evident that none of the female audience members ever want to say “goodbye” to Strait after they saw this performance.