“It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye”
Written by Roger Greenaway and Geoff Stephens
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
April 4 – April 11, 1980
#1 (1 week)
April 19, 1980
Crystal Gayle had found major success on the country and pop charts throughout the seventies while recording for United Artists. In 1979, she moved to Columbia Records. The lead single from her first album for the label, Miss the Mississippi, was “Half the Way.” It went to No. 2 on the country charts and became her last big solo crossover single, going top ten AC and top fifteen on the Hot 100.
She entered the eighties with the second single from Miss the Mississippi, and it returned her to the top of the country charts.
“It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye” has production quite similar to “Half the Way,” with Gayle singing over a dramatic string section that heightens the impact of her typically understated vocal. Because Gayle was never a power singer, she could temper all of that drama going on behind her and keep her records grounded.
The song itself is well written, and Gayle effectively communicates a sense of wonder that her former lover is back and things feel like they did back then. Her reserved delivery adds additional emotional shading to the lyric, conveying hints of disbelief and uncertainty through her performance, adding a complexity that wasn’t there on paper.
Gayle released one more single from Miss the Mississippi. “The Blue Side” went top ten. She’ll return later in 1980 with the lead single from her next album, These Days.
“It’s Like We Never Said Goodbye” gets a B+.
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