10 Saying Goodbye Songs From The 90’s

If you're struggling with a painful goodbye, it might help to listen to these 10 saying goodbye songs from the 90's.  They all have something thought-provoking to say about the end of something that was once beautiful, and they're darned cathartic, too.

  1. “Black” by Pearl Jam.  “Black,” one of the most heartbreaking saying goodbye songs from the 90's, describes how, in the wake of love lost, things can never be the same.  Pearl Jam sings, “I know you'll be a sun in somebody else's sky, but why, why, why can't it be, can't it be mine?”
  2. “Linger” by the Cranberries.  In “Linger,” the Cranberries sing about a relationship that's coming apart because of cheating.  Still, bittersweet love lingers.  In one of the saddest saying goodbye songs from the 90's, the Cranberries ask, “Were you lying all the time?  Was it just a game to you?”
  3. “You Suck” by the Murmurs.  In one of the most tell-it-like-it-is goodbye songs from the 90's, the Murmurs express disgust at the mind games that often accompany the end of a relationship.  “We all take risks, we all fall hard," they sing. "But you you went too far."
  4. “Violet” by Hole.  The relationship described in “Violet” is mutually abusive and toxic.  “I wanna give my violet more violence,” Courtney Love sings before she screams, “Go on, take everything, take everything, I dare you to.”  This song focuses on anger, which sometimes accompanies a disintegrating relationship.
  5. “Prayer for the Dying” by Seal.  One of the most depressing saying goodbye songs from the 90's, “Prayer for the Dying” does nothing short of putting on black and mourning.  “Harsh words are spoken,” Seal sings, “and lives are broken.”  He urges his beloved, “Please don't cry.  It's just a prayer for the dying.”
  6. “Something I Can Never Have” by Nine Inch Nails.  In “Something I Can Never Have,” Trent Reznor misses the person he was while in love and reflects with anguish on the loss of that love.  “My favorite dreams of you still wash ashore: scraping through my head 'til I don't want to sleep anymore.”
  7. “Putting the Damage On” by Tori Amos.  “Putting the Damage On”, one of the most evocative saying goodbye songs from the 90's, expresses poetically the feeling of loss that follows the demise of an intense, passionate love affair.  “Boy, you still look pretty,” Tori Amos wistfully sings. “I'm trying not to move; it's just your ghost passing through.”
  8. “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day.  Though “Good Riddance” is one of the more upbeat saying goodbye songs from the 90's, its title still smacks of bitterness.  It's difficult to break up without hard feelings, even when both partners know the split is for the best.  “It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right,” Green Day sings.  “I hope you had the time of your life.”
  9. “Hold On” by Sarah McLachlan.  This song describes a goodbye that's being brought on by death.  Try to listen to this one without getting a tear in your eye.  In “Hold On,” Sarah McLachlan sings, “Oh God, the man I love is leaving.  Won't you take him when he comes to your door?”  This song reminds you to better appreciate life and love.
  10. “One” by U2.  One of most cerebral saying goodbye songs from the 90's, “One” describes a couple that's inexorably growing apart, despite their efforts to hold things together.  “You act like you never had love, and you want me to go without,” U2 sings.  “I can't be holding on to what you got when all you got is hurt.”
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