“What a rotten day this turned out to be.” That’s the forlorn first line of one of my favorite George Strait songs, “Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye.” Written by Tony Martin and Troy Martin, the heartbreak ballad hit No. 1 in the spring of 1989, yet the traditional arrangement and understated delivery make it sound timeless.
In the video, Strait strolls into tour rehearsal, working with the band to learn a brand new song. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the cowgirl rides away — to downtown Las Vegas. She bypasses all the glittering casinos and heads straight to the hock shop. Even though Strait wonders if she’s going to come back one more time, the viewer already knows the answer.
Luckily, there’s a happy ending. The instant classic helped George Strait claim the 1989 ACM entertainer of the year award, a crowning achievement he duplicated earlier this month.
Take a look at George Strait’s “Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye.”