10 Best Songs To Say Goodbye
Saying Goodbye comes much easier if you remember one of the 10 best songs to say goodbye. Whether it is a lover's tender parting or an angry breakup, people enjoy taking leave of each other to music. Here are the ten best songs to say goodbye.
- "Danny Boy" by FredericWeatherly. Contrary to popular belief, Danny Boy was not written as a goodbye song to say goodbye from a father to his son. Soon after it was written in 1910, one edition of Danny Boy sheet music instructed that the song was to be sung only by women. If men wanted to sing it, they should change it to a woman's name. Now however, it is mostly sung by male tenors and is regarded as an Irish Anthem.
- "Sealed With a Kiss" by Peter Udell and Gary Geld is a college song in which a lover about to leave college for summer break murmurs to his girl the memorable line, “I don't wanna say goodbye for the summer.” This song to say goodbye was written in 1960 and has been a hit several times over the years as various artist covered it..
- "Fifty ways to Leave a Lover" by Paul Simon. If a simple "so long" won't do, then here are 50 humorous suggestions in this song to say goodbye, including “Just slip out the back, Jack and Make a new plan, Stan.” The song was written in 1976 following Simon's divorce from his first wife.
- "Hit the Road Jack" by Percy Mayfield is in the same spirit as "Leave a Lover." This song to say goodbye was written in 1960 and became a hit when Ray Charles recorded it. It is a humorous goodbye song most remembered for its chorus: "Hit the Road Jack, and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more."
- "Aloha Oe" by Queen Lili'uokalani. Hawaii's last queen composed this song while on a horseback ride in 1878. After witnessing a particularly poignant parting between a member of her riding party and a native girl, she began humming and making up lyrics for their song to say goodbye and finished the song by the time the ride was over. It has been translated from the original Hawaiian several times containing the lyrics, "Til we meet again, or Farewell to Thee."
- "The Song of the Marines" by Harry Warren. This robust marching song to say goodbye was a favorite during World War II, but it was actually written a few years earlier in 1937. In the song, sailors who are about to depart on a long ocean voyage assure their girlfriends, “We'll just be gone for years and years and then, we're shovin' right off for home again."
- "Leaving On A Jet Airplane" by John Denver. Written in 1966, this number is often regarded as the song to say goodbye of the Vietnam era. Today, hearing the Denver sing lyrics, “I'm leaving on a jet plane, I don’t know when I'll be back again,” seems like he is singing of his own future death in a jet plane.
- "Goodbye old Paint" -a trail drive folksong. Tender goodbyes don't have to be between two humans. In this old cowboy song to say goodbye a young man has stopped by to say farewell to his horse because he is leaving Cheyenne and going to Montana.
- "Graduation (Friends Forever)" by Vitamin C was released in 2000 by the young pop singer. It is widely used now in high school and middle school graduation ceremonies as a song to say goodbye.
- "I Will Remember You"by Sarah McLachlan was written in 1995 as a soundtrack for the movie, the brothers McMullen. It earned McLachlan much deserved success.
Posted on: Dec. 29, 2010