Goodbye Marie

For the song "Goodbye Marie" by the Gear Daddies, see Billy's Live Bait.
"Goodbye Marie"
Single by Bobby Goldsboro
from the album Bobby Goldsboro
Released 1980
Genre Country
Label Curb
Writer(s) Mel McDaniel
Dennis Linde
Bobby Goldsboro singles chronology
"Black Fool's Gold"
"Goodbye Marie"
"Alice Doesn't Love Here Anymore"

"Goodbye Marie" is a country-pop song written by Mel McDaniel and Dennis Linde.[1][2] The song is about a man who has to leave his lover to head for "the lonesome highway" back to his home in Houston, Texas.

Bobby Goldsboro took a version of the song to #17 on the Billboard Country chart in 1981.[3][4] Kenny Rogers had previously recorded the song on his 1979 #1 album Kenny.[5][6][7] Although the song was not issued as a single at the time, after Kenny Rogers signed to RCA Records his former label Liberty Records issued a newly overdubbed version as a single that went to #47 in 1986.[8][9]

McDaniel also released the song on his I'm Countryfied album in 1981, and as the B-side of his single "I Call It Love."

Chart performance

Bobby Goldsboro

Chart (1980) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 17[3]

Kenny Rogers

Chart (1986) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 47[9]


  1. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
  2. "Soon McDaniel was signed to a songwriting contract with Combine and he and another Combine writer Dennis Linde wrote Goodbye Marie which was recorded by ..." Hurse, Jack, Country, Chicago Tribune, February 26, 1984
  3. 1 2 The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. pg. 434.
  4. "His other Top 20 country singles include "Muddy Mississippi Line" (1969), "Goodbye Marie" (1980), ...", The comprehensive country music encyclopedia by Country Music Magazine Editors, Times Books, 1994, Pg. 146
  5. Edwards, Joe, "20 Years of patience, Polish Pay Off", The Victoria Advocate, June 30, 1985
  6. "McDaniel, Royal to entertain fairgoers", Kentucky New Era, July 29, 1988
  7. "Then his song "Roll Your Own" was recorded by Hoyt Axton. Although he was not making a fortune, at least he had grocery money. Things got even better when Kenny Rogers included Mel's "Goodbye Marie" on one of his albums. ..." The insider's country music handbook by Joseph H. Flint and Judy A. Nelson, Gibbs-Smith, 1993, Pg. 213
  8. ""Goodbye Marie," the new Liberty release of a cut recorded some years ago by Kenny Rogers, was cowritten by Mel McDaniel. biography of George Jones written ..." Hurst, Jack, Stage fright takes on new meaning when singer moves to TV, Chicago Tribune, February 6, 1986
  9. 1 2 "Hot Country Singles", Billboard, February 15, 1986
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