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"Goodness Gracious" is a song by English recording artist Ellie Goulding from Halcyon Days (2013), the reissue of her second studio album, Halcyon (2012). The song was written by Greg Kurstin, Goulding and Nate Ruess. It was released in 2014 as the third single from the reissue.

BackgroundEdit

Goulding explained the meaning behind "Goodness Gracious" to Rolling Stone, saying, "I've been in situations where I knew someone wasn't right for me, yet I kept bringing them back", adding that the song "is about dissing yourself for not thinking straight and not being fair."[1]

LyricsEdit

I lost a signal and put you away
Swore upon my sun I'd save you for a rainy day
Loosened the noose then let go of the rope
I know if it's never coming back it has to go

I keep calling your name
(I keep calling your name)
I wanna hold you close
But I never wanna feel ashamed
So I keep calling at night
(I keep calling at night)
I wanna hold you close
I just never wanna hold you tight

Goodness gracious I can't seem to stop
Calling you up
Calling you up
Just to keep crawling to your arms
Goodness gracious I can't seem to stop
Calling you up
Calling you up
Just to keep crawling to your arms

I found the weakness and put it to play
Swore upon the stars I'd keep you till the night was day
Shake my head dizzy so I'll never know
You said if you're never coming back you have to go

I keep calling your name
(I keep calling your name)
I wanna hold you close
But I never wanna feel ashamed
So I keep calling at night
(I keep calling at night)
I wanna hold you close
I just never wanna hold you tight

Goodness gracious I can't seem to stop
Calling you up
Calling you up
Just to keep crawling to your arms
Goodness gracious I can't seem to stop
Calling you up
Calling you up
Just to keep crawling to your arms

Calling you up
Just to keep crawling to your arms
Calling you up
Just to keep crawling to your arms

Oh my goodness here I go again
Pulling you back to me
Pulling you back into my arms so selfishly
I don't think I understand
Cause I don't really know myself
I keep calling you up
Calling you up
Calling you up
Calling you up
Calling you up

Goodness gracious I can't seem to stop
Calling you up
Calling you up
Just to keep crawling to your arms
Goodness gracious I can't seem to stop
Calling you up
Calling you up
Just to keep crawling to your arms

Commercial performanceEdit

After entering the UK Singles Chart at number 124, "Goodness Gracious" climbed to number eighty-six with 2,867 copies sold.[2] The song rose to number forty-nine the following week, selling 5,061 copies.[3] In its fourth week on the chart, the single climbed to number thirty-six with sales of 7,254 copies[4]and jumped to 26 on it's fifth week. In its sixth week, "Goodness Gracious" jumped from number twenty-six to number sixteen with sales of 16,233 copies, becoming Goulding's tenth top twenty hit.[5]

Music videoEdit

Ellie Goulding - Goodness Gracious03:55

Ellie Goulding - Goodness Gracious

Information

Premiere date: Jan 5, 2014
Director(s): Kinga Burza
Stylist(s): Laura Francis, Emilie Pereira
Choreographer: Claire Stubbs, Jeff Pantaleo
Photographer(s):

Eli Born

Goulding unveiled a teaser trailer for the music video for "Goodness Gracious" on 31 December 2013.[6] The video, directed by Kinga Burza, was filmed on location in Los Angeles,[7][8] and premiered on 5 January 2014.[9][10] The video is 3 minutes and 55 seconds long. The 'Behind The Scenes' video was uploaded to the official Polydor Youtube account.

SynopsisEdit

"Kinga Burza brings out Ellie Goulding's more playful side in this neo-psychedelic promo for Goodness Gracious.

The dazzling, retina-burning clip sees Ellie turn up the energy partying with her futuristic friends, adding shots of bleached-out palm trees, shoes that light up, sparklers, skateboards and lots and lots of neon..." [11]

—Jimmy Brown

Ellie Goulding - 'Goodness Gracious' Official Music Video (Behind The Scenes)03:22

Ellie Goulding - 'Goodness Gracious' Official Music Video (Behind The Scenes)












01/03/14


Behind the Scenes

Track listingEdit

  1. "Goodness Gracious" – 3:46
  2. "Goodness Gracious" (Chainsmokers Extended Remix) – 4:19
  3. "Goodness Gracious" (Honest Remix) – 4:36

Remix CoversEdit

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Halcyon Days.[13]

  • Ellie Goulding – vocals
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • John Hanes – mix engineering
  • Joe Kearns – vocal engineering, vocal production
  • Greg Kurstin – engineering, keyboards, programming, vocal production
  • Alex Pasco – additional engineering
  • Nate Ruess – backing vocals
  • Jesse Shatkin – additional engineering

ChartsEdit

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA 39
Croatia Airplay Radio Chart 28
Flanders Tip 40
Ireland (IRMA) 41
Scotland 29
Slovakia 91
UK Singles 16

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[14] 13 January 2014 Contemporary hit radio Polydor Records
Australia[15] 21 February 2014 Digital download Universal Music
Austria[16]
Finland[17]
Ireland[18] Polydor Records
Netherlands[19] Universal Music
New Zealand[20]
Switzerland[21]
United Kingdom[12] 23 February 2014 Polydor Records
Belgium[22] 24 February 2014 Universal Music
Denmark[23]
Greece[24]
Italy[25]
Luxembourg[26]
Norway[27]
Portugal[28]
Spain[29]
Sweden[30]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Frehsee, Nicole (15 August 2013). "Ellie Goulding Shifts Gears on New 'Halcyon Days' Tracks". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ellie-goulding-shifts-gears-on-new-halcyon-days-tracks-20130815. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  2. Jones, Alan (3 February 2014). "Official Charts Analysis: Clean Bandit single sells another 137k". Music Week. Intent Media. http://www.musicweek.com/businessanalysis/read/official-charts-analysis-clean-bandit-single-sells-another-137k/057506. Retrieved 16 February 2014. Template:Subscription required
  3. Jones, Alan (10 February 2014). "Official Charts Analysis: 19k sales enough for Bombay Bicycle Club to hit No.1". Music Week. Intent Media. http://www.musicweek.com/businessanalysis/read/official-charts-analysis-19k-sales-enough-for-bombay-bicycle-club-to-hit-no-1/057588. Retrieved 16 February 2014. Template:Subscription required
  4. Jones, Alan (17 February 2014). "Official Charts Analysis: Clean Bandit hold on at No.1 with 79k sales". Music Week. Intent Media. http://www.musicweek.com/businessanalysis/read/official-charts-analysis-clean-bandit-hold-on-at-no-1-with-79k-sales/057661. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  5. Jones, Alan (3 March 2014). "Official Charts Analysis: Bastille return to No.1 on 16k sales". Music Week. Intent Media. http://www.musicweek.com/businessanalysis/read/official-charts-analysis-bastille-return-to-no-1-on-16k-sales/057801. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  6. Rigby, Sam (31 December 2013). "Ellie Goulding teases "Goodness Gracious" music video – watch". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a540953/ellie-goulding-teases-goodness-gracious-music-video-watch.html. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  7. "Ellie Goulding – No.1 album & exclusive 'Goodness Gracious' music video.". MUZU.TV. 6 January 2014. http://www.muzu.tv/blog/2014/01/ellie-gouldings-goodness-gracious-halcyon-music-vide/. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  8. Brown, Jimmy (9 January 2014). "Ellie Goulding 'Goodness Gracious' by Kinga Burza". Promo News. http://www.promonews.tv/videos/2014/01/09/ellie-goulding-goodness-gracious-kinga-burza. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  9. Lipshutz, Jason (6 January 2014). "Ellie Goulding Lights Up In 'Goodness Gracious' Video: Watch". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/5862301/ellie-goulding-lights-up-in-goodness-gracious-video-watch. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  10. Thistlethwaite, Felicity (7 January 2014). "Ellie Goulding shakes off her serious side for "Goodness Gracious" music video". Daily Mail. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2535011/Goodness-Gracious-Ellie-Goulding-shakes-fun-loving-multicoloured-music-video.html. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  11. http://www.promonews.tv/videos/2014/01/09/ellie-goulding-goodness-gracious-kinga-burza
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store UK. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  13. Template:Cite AV media notes
  14. "BBC Radio 1 Playlist". BBC Radio 1. Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. http://archive.is/uWJqn. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  15. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Australia. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  16. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Austria. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/at/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872?l=en. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  17. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Finland. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/fi/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  18. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Ireland. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  19. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Netherlands. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/nl/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872?l=en. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  20. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store New Zealand. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  21. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Switzerland. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/ch/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872?l=en. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  22. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Belgium. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/be/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  23. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Denmark. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/dk/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  24. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Greece. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/gr/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  25. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Italy. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/it/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872?l=en. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  26. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Luxembourg. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/lu/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  27. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Norway. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/no/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  28. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Portugal. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/pt/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872?l=en. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  29. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Spain. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/es/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872?l=en. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  30. "Goodness Gracious – Single by Ellie Goulding". iTunes Store Sweden. Apple. https://itunes.apple.com/se/album/goodness-gracious-single/id814745872?l=en. Retrieved 16 February 2014.


Halcyon days font1

"Burn"
"Goodness Gracious"
"You My Everything"
"Hearts Without Chains"

"Stay Awake"
(Ellie Goulding & Madeon)
"Under Control"
"Flashlight"
(Ellie Goulding & DJ Fresh)

Bonus tracks:
"How Long Will I Love You"
"Tessellate [Alt-J cover]"
"Midas Touch"
(Ellie Goulding x BURNS)


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