“Too Late for Goodbyes” is a song by British singer-songwriter Julian Lennon. It was released on September 24, 1984 with “Well I Don’t Know” on the B-side (January 1985 with “Let Me Be” on the B-side in the U.S.) as the lead single from his debut album, “Valotte.” The song is one of Julian Lennon’s most well-known hits and is celebrated for its melodic pop sound and catchy chorus. “Too Late for Goodbyes” became a commercial success, reaching high positions on music charts in multiple countries, including #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in the United States. Its catchy melody and Julian Lennon’s strong vocal performance resonated with audiences.
“Too Late for Goodbyes” is characterized by its upbeat tempo, jangly guitar, and Julian Lennon’s clear and expressive vocals. The song’s production captures a sense of youthful energy and optimism.
The music video for the song was directed by Sam Peckinpah, and produced by Martin Lewis.
The lyrics of “Too Late for Goodbyes” convey themes of love, attachment, and the reluctance to say goodbye to a significant other: The chorus, with its repeated refrain, adds to the song’s memorable and sing-along quality. The song remains a favorite among fans of 1980s pop music and is often included in retrospectives of the era. It’s considered one of Julian Lennon’s signature tracks and a classic of his early career.