Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes (Official Video)

Sam Smith documents romantic breakdown in his stirring video for new single “Too Good at Goodbyes.” After opening with the singer crooning in a recording studio, the clip cycles through a series of anguished scenes – including distraught couples consoling each other, a boxer taking out his frustration on a punching bag and Smith staring pensively in a field.

Singer remarked that he might be the first openly gay man to ever win an Oscar while accepting the award for Best Original Song.
“Too Good at Goodbyes,” a quintessentially smooth Smith piano ballad, is the singer’s first new song since his 2015 Oscar-winning James Bond theme, “Writing’s On the Wall.” The track marks the first sample of his upcoming second LP, which follows his multi-platinum 2014 debut, In the Lonely Hour.

In an Apple Music interview prior to the song’s release, Smith said “Too Good at Goodbyes” is one of the most personal moments from the new, as-yet-untitled album. “This song is about me and about a relationship I was in,” he said. “This album actually is not all about me. There’s about four songs that are about me, and the rest are about different things and different people in my life and what they’ve gone through.”

While Smith didn’t reveal the album’s release date, he explained that it will be out before Christmas. He also teased that the LP will include collaboration with Timbaland and a duet.

The singer recently told celebrity interview Sir Elton John that his latest songs sprung from a particularly dark period in his personal life.

“I was in a really bad place,” he said. “I got dumped, which wasn’t very nice. Writing music about that kind of thing is normally like therapy for me, but when I got dumped this time ’round I just couldn’t write for about two months … My team had to force me to get into the studio, because I almost felt as if I didn’t want to do it any more. So, there were moments on there where it got a bit intense and I started to lose myself.”

Lyrics:

You must think that I’m stupid
You must think that I’m a fool
You must think that I’m new to this
But I have seen this all before

I’m never going to let you close to me
Even though you mean the most to me
‘Cause every time I open up it hurts
So I’m never going to get too close to you
Even when I mean the most to you
In case you go and leave me in the dirt

But every time you hurt me, the less that I cry
And every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry
And every time you walk out, the less I love you
Baby we don’t stand a chance, it’s sad but it’s true
I’m way too good at goodbyes (I’m way too good at goodbyes)
I’m way too good at goodbyes (I’m way too good at goodbyes)
No way that you’ll see me cry (No way that you’ll see me cry)
I’m way too good at goodbyes (I’m way too good at goodbyes)

I know you’re thinking I’m heartless
I know you’re thinking I’m cold
I’m just protecting my innocence
I’m just protecting my soul

I’m never going to let you close to me
Even though you
mean the most to me
‘Cause every time I open up it hurts
So I’m never going to get too close to you
Even when I mean the most to you
In case you go and leave me in the dirt

But every time you hurt me, the less that I cry
And every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry
And every time you walk out, the less I love you
Baby we don’t stand a chance, it’s sad but it’s true
I’m way too good at goodbyes (I’m way too good at goodbyes)
I’m way too good at goodbyes (I’m way too good at goodbyes)
No way that you’ll see me cry (No way that you’ll see me cry)
I’m way too good at goodbyes (I’m way too good at goodbyes)

No…
(I’m way too good at goodbyes)
(I’m way too good at goodbyes)
(No way that you’ll see me cry)
Oh…
(I’m way too good at goodbyes)

‘Cause every time you hurt me, the less that I cry
And every time you leave me, the quicker these tears dry
And every time you walk out, the less I love you
Baby we don’t stand a chance, it’s sad but it’s true
I’m way too good at goodbyes

(via RollingStone)