"One By One" as written by Nicky Ryan, Roma Ryan and Eithne Ni Bhraonain....
Here am I
Yet another goodbye!
He says Adiós, says Adiós,
And do you know why
She won't break down and cry?
She says Adiós, says Adiós, Goodbye.

One by one my leaves fall.
One by one my tales are told.

It's no lie
She is yearning to fly.
She says Adiós, says Adiós,
And now you know why
He's a reason to sigh
She says Adiós, says Adiós, Goodbye.

One by one my leaves fall.
One by one my tales are told.

My, oh my!
She was aiming too high.
He says Adiós, says Adiós,
And now you know why
There's no moon in her sky
He says Adiós, says Adiós, Goodbye.
He says Adiós, says Adiós, Goodbye.

No Goodbyes
For love brightens their eyes.
Don't say Adiós, say Adiós,
And do you know why
There's a love that won't die?
Don't say Adiós, say Adiós, Goodbye.
Don't say Adiós, say Adiós, Goodbye.
Don't say Adiós, say Adiós, Goodbye.


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"One by One" as written by Nicky Ryan Eithne Ni Bhraonain

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    General CommentMy favourite part of this is when she sings, "One by one my leaves fall, One by one my tales are told," which seems to have been omitted here. I don't think it's a song with a really deep meaning, but I like that line because it evokes a lot of things... like the passage of time... aging... experiences we'll never have again... story-telling... I really just like the image of trees representing people.
    Isabella_de_Reimson April 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti like it
    Mature Harveston October 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought this song was about death.

    The whole 'she was aiming too high' and 'a love that won't die' lines just seem to be saying that.

    Also the repetition of 'adios, adios, goodbye'
    miscoon December 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me to be about a girl who has had a lot of lovers, and each one of them left her and said goodbye. She's yearning for someone to love who will love her back, but she has such high expactations, and with each lover who's left her because of her high expectations, a little part of her seems to die, like the leaves falling off a tree. But despite of it all, she's not breaking down and crying, but continuing on.
    The line "one by one my tales are told" might be referring to the fact that, in the song, it's almost like a story. The first three stanzas are about different lovers who left her. The forth one is about a lover who finally stayed with her.
    Euphoric_Sadnesson January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh, I just like it, it's sad, but it's also saying, ok, I can get on with my life now.

    :'-)
    simsfreqon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is my fav enya song. i can relate to it. i think euphoric has hit the nail on the head here.
    JojoCupcakeson October 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. It's kind of sad, but I like it anyway. It's calming, and I like to listen to it and make up stories in my head, mostly because I'm writing a book, and any song can help me think of my book or other books I'm going to write. In any case, calming song, I like it.
    Vampire_Chickon July 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentin the beginning it souns like it's a sad song about a girl who lost a lover but in the end its just a person who was looking at it wrong the girl won't brake down and cry and it's a love that won't die because their love isnt over because he lef t he's coming back he still loves her it isnt over love is never over
    blonde_foxon August 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's a song designed to be pretty sounding. It's succeeded in that. I'm pretty sure there's not much for hidden meaning here.
    myexplodingcaton November 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a girls transition of her love-life.

    The singer's age is never given, but it could be assumed that she is at the very least 18 during the first stanza. She is having yet another breakup with an unsuccessful relationship. The relationship was unhealthy and counter-productive and she is so relieved to be free from it that she feels no remorse ending it.

    Some time later, the singer is in another relationship. Although the relationship seems to be particularly healthy, the singer seems dissatisfied and is craving for someone who is not who she is currently with. She was yearning to fly, so to speak. Because of her superficial nature, she dumps him which causes heartbreak for him.

    Some time later still, our superficial singer is at yet another relationship, perhaps with the man of her dreams. It is interesting to point out that this is the only stanza that has "he says" adios without she saying adios. This implies that, perhaps for the first time ever, she has been rejected by him.

    Time passes by yet again and our heroine is perhaps now too old to worry about such trivial things as puppy love. She is certainly hopeful, however she is no longer desperate and determines that she will no longer say goodbye to anyone.

    Or it's about a relationship where she actually literally dies. Whichever makes more sense to you. lol
    itsbeckybitchon June 26, 2012   Link

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