"Goodbye" as written by and Linda/foster Thompson....
I can see the pain living in your eyes
And I know how hard you try
You deserve to have so much more
I can feel your heart and I sympathize
And I'll never criticize all you've ever meant to my life

I don't want to let you down
I don't want to lead you on
I don't want to hold you back
From where you might belong
You would never ask me why
My heart is so disguised
I just can't live a lie anymore
I would rather hurt myself
Than to ever make you cry
There's nothing left to say but good-bye
You deserve the chance at the kind of love
I'm not sure I'm worthy of
Losing you is painful to me


(Chorus) You would never ask me why
My heart is so disguised
I just can't live a lie anymore
I would rather hurt myself
Than to ever make you cry
There's nothing left to try
Though it's gonna hurt us both
There's no other way than to say good-bye


Lyrics submitted by Ice

"Goodbye" as written by Carolyn Leigh Cy Coleman

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Downtown Music Publishing

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    General CommentI think he knows he's not good enough for her, and though he loves her, he knows he won't be good in the future, or something. It's a song that says, "If you really love her, you'll let her go."
    tigereyes8809on November 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlike tigereyes8809 says, the song means he knows he's not good enough for her.
    the girl maybe from a rich family and the guy is poor.
    or maybe the girl has a degree in college and the guy is a college dropout.
    or better yet the girl is a doctor and the guy only plays guitar for a living.

    "i don't want to let you down,
    i don't want to lead you on,
    i don't want to hold you back from where you might belong."

    means the girl has bigger dreams, and the guy thinks his stopping her from achieving it.
    her parents want her to be with a man that shares the same dreams that she has.
    so no matter how painful it is the guy will just let her go
    even though he loves her so much...


    -that's what i did.
    shiftlesson April 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've always thought this song is about a man confessing to his wife/girlfriend that he's gay.
    Does it make any sense?
    Persian_Eyeson December 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't think that he's gay, because he says "Losing you is painful to me" I mean, if he's gay, he wouldn't feel pain for leaving her. I think he's in love with another girl, or maybe he's just confused. He wants to stop the lie, because he feels that he cannot give her the love that she gives him...
    I'm really not sure, but I think it would be the meaning
    Ramønon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHey, you people might think that the two guys in Air Supply are gay. As far as I know, those rumors aren't true. Even if they are always singing in duets and they seldom have songs with the word 'girl' or 'she' in it. It has always been 'you', right? But I think they really aren't gay.

    Anyway, I really love Air Supply! Talk about REAL Air Supply! That man can almost sing ANYthing! And the music is really good. It's not hard to fall in love ith their songs. And somehow, their songs, even if I heard it for the first time, I feel like I've known it since I've known music. It's like it has always been in the back of my head. I don't know, there really is something about Air Supply that I really love! :)
    handsdown4dbeatleson November 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's about a guy realizing that she is meant for someone bigger than his stature .. he is in love with and even she's in love with him .. but he knows he will only be pulling her down with his low life .. he is taking the harder decision of breaking up .. he wishes her better.. and may be this will justify the song too..
    they are in love .. the girl's been just perfect while he might have had not been as faithfull.. now he regrets that he betrayed her and has ultimately found himself to be the lowest of the creature and cant imagine how someone perfect as her should get stuck with this lowly creature.. so he's freeing her.. now that's love.. to let her go for her betterment..and taking the blame
    hemantaon April 15, 2011   Link
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    MemoryThe lyric describes exact the same situation to me. I was painful when say goodbye to her but I know it's better for both of us when she said that my love for her and her love for me are not enough. She always feels like missing of emotion. I don't know why but at the end, I accept this. We broke in peaceful, without any conflict and arguments but tears... It really hurts me. To me she is the best, I love her but it seems love just not enough. I hope this make her happier, so at least I feel some thing positive in this break.

    I can see the pain living in your eyes
    And I know how hard you try
    You deserve to have so much more
    I can feel your heart and I sympathize
    And I'll never criticize all you've ever meant to my life

    I would rather hurt myself
    Than to ever make you cry
    There's nothing left to say but good-bye
    You deserve the chance at the kind of love
    I'm not sure I'm worthy of
    Losing you is painful to me
    rocky92on January 27, 2016   Link

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