Open Nav

Behind The Lyrics: Sam Smith “Too Good At Goodbyes”

Posted on September 28, 2017

Sam Smith gave us a song that we can’t get out of our heads, and his lyrics are absolutely beautiful.

Too Good At Goodbyes” is a masterpiece – musically and lyrically. We decided to go through some lyrics of Sam Smith’s song to better understand his point of view. Lets get started:

Verse 1.

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

Sam Smith is no stranger to upsets in personal relationships. He has clearly been misunderstood by the other person who thinks he can take advantage of Sam’s seeming innocence. In return Sam is claiming to be able to defend himself. – Genius


I’m never gonna 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 gonna get too close to you
Even when I mean the most to you
In case you go and leave me in the dirt

The refrain tells a story of someone who is now concerned to protect himself, having learned from experience, an assertiveness that was missing from the passive, lonely songs on his first album In The Lonely Hour. – Genius

Verse 2.

I know you’re thinkin’ I’m heartless
I know you’re thinkin’ I’m cold
I’m just protectin’ my innocence
I’m just protectin’ my soul

Sam is claiming that he is not selfish, cold or heartless, but simply protecting the most crucial and essential aspects of his deeper self. – Genius

Too Good At Goodbyes

“This song is about a relationship I was in and it’s basically about getting good at getting dumped. People are going to see, this one as I’ve said is about me and something that I’ve gone through.” – Sam Smith

What did everyone think about the meaning behind Sam Smith’s “Too Good At Goodbyes“? Any thoughts that are different – let us know in the comments below!