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Daily Archives: June 23, 2009

Classic Rewind: Charley Pride – ‘Just Between You and Me’

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Recommendation: Songs about saying goodbye

regina-spektor-far-album-artToday an album that I’ve been anticipating for a while came out, namely Far by Regina Spektor- a very unique artist indeed. Listening to the album’s lead-off single, “Laughing With” (See the music video here), a line hit me kind of hard:

No one laughs at God on the day they realize
that the last sight they’ll ever see is a pair of hateful eyes,
No one’s laughing at God
When they’re saying their goodbyes…

I guess I’m getting to a changing point in my life, going to college on the other side of the country, meaning I have a lot of goodbyes to say over the summer- and it won’t be easy. So then I turned to my music collection, as I usually do, and I started looking for songs about saying goodbye.

I found many ways to say goodbye: a quiet prayer (“Sissy’s Song” by Alan Jackson), loading a car in the night (“Small Town Jericho” by Sugarland), a litany of “never-ever”s to an ex (“I’ll Take You Back” by Brad Paisley) or a misguided funeral service for a grandfather (“The Grandpa I Know” by Patty Loveless). Those are all songs I love, but I’ll talk about another song.

JoeyroryFor my recommendation, I settled on “To Say Goodbye” by Joey + Rory.

This song is all about wanting to say goodbye to the ones that we love, using two different stories. It’s heartbreaking and the stories are specific and real. I won’t spell out the stories here, I think it’s better to listen to the song for yourself.

What I like about this song is that it never gets overblown like many singers would end up doing, but it stays simple and heartfelt, even if the song ends up a little cliche. Joey and Rory give a fantastic performance, with a wonderful backing with lots of piano and country-ness.

What are your favorite songs about saying goodbye?