Sammi Smith
Oldies Music Lyrics

1978 classic remake
"Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye"

Sammi Smith classic cover of Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.

This Sammi Smith Oldies Music Lyrics page is written about one of the best cover songs recorded by Sammi titled "Then you can tell my Goodbye."

The song was released on Smith's 1978 album titled New Winds, Old Quadrants and written by John D. Loudermilk.

The original version by "The Casinos" released in 1967 reached #6 on the charts but the following year Eddie Arnold placed his Country Vinyl record version at the top of the charts.

In 1996 another Country version by Neal McCoy reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard country charts. You can decide which of those two Top remakes you like the best but I'm going with Sammi Smith's release on her 1978 album.


Why Choose this version?

Three reasons...I have the original album, she does a great Country jukebox version of the song and my favorite backing group (The Jordanaiers) are doing the back up vocals on her song.

The Jordanaiers were original background vocals for Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline and many, many other recording artists. I point this out on several pages on this site.


Sammi Smith Oldies Music Lyrics - One Hit Wonder...I don't think so.

Sammi Smith started her career by selling two million copies of her first single in 1971, a song written by Kris Kristofferson.

It would be her only career #1 song.

Sadly, forty years later most will recognize the song, "Help Me Make It Through The Night," but couldn't tell you who the singer is.

However, the last part of a song review I read by David Cantwell says it all about Sammi Smith.

"On all of her best recordings, Smith's voice invites the listener into an emotional world so revealing and familiar that it often seems as if she's right there beside you, whispering into your ear."

Wow...He sure got that right.  

Sammi was signed with a small independent label called Mega and even though she had several hits on the country charts with Mega, it did not make enough impact to build her career.


Sammi Smith Oldies Music Lyrics - Sammi turns Outlaw!

In the 70s Sammi had been one of the rare women in the "outlaw country" movement that was sweeping Country music at the time. She toured with Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson during this time.

Sammi had a son and named him Waylon.

He is named after his godfather Waylon Jennings and played the part of Jerry Lee Lewis in the 2005 movie Walk the Line. His father, Jody Payne, is a longtime guitarist with Willie Nelson.


Merle enjoyed Sammi's version best.

In 1975 Sammi had her second biggest hit, a remake written by Merle Haggard, called "Today I Started Loving You Again." The song has often been covered but some believe Sammi's is the best cover of the song. I agree.

I have read that Merle really liked Sammi's version. The song peaked at #9 on the Country charts and would be the last Top Ten hit for Sammi.

Sammi Smith died at her home in Oklahoma City on February 12, 2005, at the age of 61. She is buried in Guymon, Oklahoma.

She is another lady that made me appreciate what good country music is all about. Enjoy this wonderful Country cover by Sammi Smith.

And if you ever have the opportunity to hear "Waltz Across Texas" by Sammi, you may agree with me that her version is the best cover of that song also.


Sammi Smith Oldies Music Lyrics | Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
Written by John D. Loudermilk
Released by The Casinos on Fraternity Records 1967
Cover by Sammi Smith - 1978 Album - New Winds | Old Quadrants

Kiss me each morning for a million years
Hold me each evening by your side
Tell me you'll love me for a million years
Then if it don't work out...Then if it don't work out
Then you can tell me goodbye

Sweeten my coffee with a morning kiss
Soften my dreams with your sighs
Tell me you'll love me for a million years
Then if it don't work out...Then if it don't work out
Then you can tell me goodbye

If you must go, oh no, I won't grieve
If you wait a lifetime before you leave

Then if you must go...Mmm, I won't tell you no
Just so that we can say we tried
Tell me you'll love me for a million years
Then if it don't work out...Then if it don't work out
Then you can tell me goodbye

Tell me you'll love me for a million years
Then if it don't work out...Then if it don't work out
Then you can tell me goodbye


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