One Direction‘s fifth album, Made in the A.M., showcases the band’s full range of influences and capabilities. The latest in a series of songs they’ve released to preview the LP is the break-up ballad “Love You Goodbye,” co-written by member Louis Tomlinson.
The power ballad follows in the heartbreak footsteps of recent track “History” and is accompanied by a string orchestra to make the track even more booming. “Oh why you wearing that to walk out on my life,” they sing on the chorus. “Even though it’s over, you should stay the night/If tomorrow you won’t be mine/Won’t you give it to me one last time/Oh, baby let me love you goodbye.”
“‘Love You Goodbye’ is probably the most personal, to me,” Tomlinson said in a video interview posted by the band on their Twitter account. “It was one of those moments when the song was starting to come together, you felt a real excitement for it. Just the idea of the song is interesting to me. Everybody has that song after a break-up where you do have to see your ex again, and it’s kind of about that.”
The pop group’s latest album will be released on November 13th and is their first without original member Zayn Malik, who inked a solo deal with RCA earlier this year. “There’s a lot of love and loss and success and failure crammed into this [album],” the album’s main co-writer Julian Bunetta told Rolling Stone. “We just had the most you can ever have doing it. That’s the truth.”