When a Good Thing Goes Bad Song Lyrics

Don McLean

Don McLean Prime Time cover art
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When a good thing goes bad, it's not the end of the world.
It's the end of a world that you had with a girl.
Though it's hard to admit that the memory's sad
when you think what you had, when a good thing goes bad.

Love is so strange, it's a mystery to me.
It's easy to change and to lose what could be.
So you wait and you watch for the one who'll agree
with the things that you need and the life that you lead.

When a good thing goes right, it's a joy beyond worth.
As the roots of your love intertwine with the earth.
And your bodies are one, but you're living for two
and your future looks bright, oh yes, when a good thing goes right.

Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Prime Time
  • 2 The Statue
  • 3 Jump
  • 4 Red Wing
  • 5 The Wrong Thing to Do
  • 6 The Pattern Is Broken
  • 7 When Love Begins
  • 8 Color TV Blues
  • 9 Building My Body
  • 10 Down the Road/Sally Ann
  • 11 When a Good Thing Goes Bad
  • 12 South of the Border


  • credits


    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Don Mclean
    album: Track 11 in album Prime Time
    release date: 1977
    popularity : 133 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Pop Rock/Folk Rock
    length: 3:59

    Album Information

    label: Arista
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin