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Goodbye Kiss

Goodbye Kiss was written by Sergio Pizzorno and is the 3rd track on Velociraptor!. It was released on 20 February 2012 as the third single off the album and peaked at #76 in the UK charts.

BackgroundEdit

An early version of Goodbye Kiss existed, according to Tom, eight or ten years prior to the album.[1] The working title of the song appears to have been "Turning Slowly" up until at least November 2010.[2] It has been likened to a Burt Bacharach song and is about "a self-destructive love affair, one which is great for a bit but you both know it can't last or someone is going to die."[3] In a German interview in summer 2011 Serge said that in a way the song was a "fuck you" to the people who didn't think Kasabian were capable of writing a song like Goodbye Kiss. He explained that it was them saying "We can do this if we want to. But we only want to do it if it's perfect. Not just to have done it."[4] A presumed demo version of the song featuring vocals by Serge and different lyrics can be heard in a video published by the London Metropolitan Orchestra in September 2011.

After Kasabian covered her song Video Games, Lana Del Rey performed a cover of Goodbye Kiss for the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge in April 2012, saying: "I really like this song. I love this song and I love the melody, I love the way the boys sing it."[5] Serge later described her cover as "fucking beautiful" and "a really nice gesture."[6]

LiveEdit

Goodbye Kiss was debuted on Later... with Jools Holland on 27 September 2011 and was played at almost every gig until 2013. During the 48:13 Tour it was performed less frequently. In November 2011 the band performed the song over the closing montage of the BBC's coverage of the Formula 1 season. Kasabian also played Goodbye Kiss acoustically several times in various radio sessions.

VideoEdit

Kasabian - Goodbye Kiss03:38

Kasabian - Goodbye Kiss

The Goodbye Kiss video was directed by Charlie Lightening and is taken from Live At The O2, but unlike the actual footage on the DVD the video is in black and white. It was released on 1 February 2011.

QuotesEdit

"I remember singing 'Goodbye Kiss' in the studio and I got really, really emotional. As the song went on, I remember getting a bit shaky, and just closing my eyes by the second verse. It was weird."
— Tom (NME, 24 September 2011)
"I suppose I have a tendency to be attracted to the darker side of the personality - creatively, it's the source I go to because I just feel comfortable there. It's like the big pop song on the album, 'Goodbye Kiss', is a break-up song. It's not 'we fell in love and everything worked out', it's like 'we had a great time, but it's fucked now, you'd best fucking walk away'. I probably go there quite often."
— Serge (NME, 24 September 2011)

ReleasesEdit

Albums

Singles

Live ReleasesEdit

Audio

Video

LyricsEdit

Doomed from the start
We met with a goodbye kiss
I'd broke my wrist

It all kicked off
I had no choice
You said that you didn't mind
'Cause love's hard to find

Maybe the days we had are gone
Living in silence far too long
Open your eyes and what do you see
No more laughs
No more photographs

Turning slowly
Looking back, see
No words can save this
You're broken and I'm pissed

Run along like I'm supposed to
Be the man I ought to
Rock and roll sent us insane
I hope someday that we will meet again

Running wild
Giving it everyone
Now that's all done

'Cause we burnt out
That's what you do
When you have everything
It can't be true

Maybe the days we had are gone
Living in silence far too long
Open your eyes and what do you see
The last stand
Let go of my hand

Turning slowly
Looking back, see
No words can save this
You're broken and I'm pissed

Run along like I'm supposed to
Be the man I ought to
Rock and roll sent us insane
I hope someday that we will meet again

You go your way
I'll go my way
No words can save us
This lifestyle made us

Run along like I'm supposed to
Be the man I ought to
Rock and roll sent us insane
I hope someday that we will meet again

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