Late Goodbye

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"Late Goodbye"
Single by Poets of the Fall
from the album Signs of Life[1]
Released30 June 2004
FormatCD single
GenreAlternative rock, post-grunge, acoustic rock
Songwriter(s)Markus Kaarlonen, Marko Saaresto and Olli Tukiainen.
Poets of the Fall singles chronology
"Late Goodbye"

"Late Goodbye" is a song by the Finnish rock band Poets of the Fall that appeared in the 2003 video game Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne as well as on the band's debut album Signs of Life.[2][3] It was also the first single released from the album and reached No. 14 on the Finnish Singles Chart[4] as well as No. 1 on Radio SuomiPOP's Top 30 chart.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Late Goodbye" (album version) – 03:47
  2. "Late Goodbye" (radio edit) – 03:18
  3. "Late Goodbye" (unplugged) – 03:33
  4. "Late Goodbye" (piano instrumental) – 03:19
  5. "Everything Fades" – 03:09

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date
Finland 30 June 2004[6]
Worldwide iTunes 12 April 2008[7]


Year Award Title Result
2004 Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G) Awards Best Original Vocal Song – Pop Won[8]
YleX's"Best of 2004" Best Finnish Song 7th place[9]
2007 Helsingin Sanomat Most Beloved Finnish Rock Song Nominated[10]

Max Payne 2[edit]

The song can be heard by the player at various times during the game:

  • It is overheard playing through the headphones of the janitor cleaning the basement of Max's apartment. He also sings and hums along to the lyrics.
  • It is played by a cleaner on a piano for 24 seconds in a room in the apartments where several Inner Circle members live.
  • The game's antagonists often whistle or hum the song when not talking or fighting.
  • Max tries to play different versions of the song on a piano in one of the missions.
  • Mona Sax sings it in the shower at her flat at the closed-down Address Unknown amusement park.
  • It is also heard over the credits upon completion of the game.


  1. ^ – Discography Archived 2014-03-30 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Poets of the Fall – Discography Archived 2014-03-30 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Poets song "Late Goodbye" appears in Max Payne 2 Archived 2007-07-17 at the Wayback Machine "Poets of the Fall News, 23 October 2003
  5. ^ Late Goodbye hits no. 1 Archived 2007-10-07 at the Wayback Machine,, 8 May 2004
  6. ^ Late Goodbye single OUT NOW! Archived 2013-12-27 at the Wayback Machine,, 30 June 2004
  7. ^ Poets of the Fall now on iTunes worldwide Archived 2008-04-13 at the Wayback Machine,, 12 April 2008
  8. ^ Poets Of The Fall wins at G.A.N.G. Awards Archived 2007-07-17 at the Wayback Machine,, 29 March 2004
  9. ^ POTF is the Best Newcomer of 2004 Archived 2010-07-02 at the Wayback Machine,, 1 January 2005
  10. ^ Vote to make a difference Archived 2014-03-02 at the Wayback Machine,, 28 June 2007

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