"Bye Bye Love" as written by and Ric Ocasek....
I can't feel this way much longer
Expecting to survive
With all these hidden innuendoes
Just waiting to arrive

It's such a wavy midnight
And you slip into insane
Electric angel rock and roller
I hear what you're playin'

It's an orangy sky
Always it's some other guy
It's just a broken lullaby
Bye bye love
Bye bye love
Bye bye love
Bye bye love

Substitution mass confusion
Clouds inside your head
Involving all my energies
Until you visited

With your eyes of porcelain and of blue
They shock me into sense
You think you're so illustrious
You call yourself intense

It's an orangy sky
Always it's some other guy
It's just a broken lullaby
Bye bye love
Bye goo' bye love
bye bye love
Bye bye love

Substitution mass confusion
Clouds inside your head
Well, foggin' all my energies
Until you visited

With your eyes of porcelain and of blue
They shock me into sense
You think you're so illustrious
You call yourself intense

It's an orangy sky
Always it's some other guy
It's just a broken lullaby
Bye bye love
Bye bye love
Bye bye love
Bye bye love


Lyrics submitted by ledzepp115

"Bye Bye Love" as written by Ric Ocasek

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  • +2
    General CommentI listened to the unreleast version of this with Ric singing lead. They made the right choice going with Ben.
    CandyOon January 30, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is an ode to Vincent van Gogh. "It's such a wavy midnight and you slip into insane" is a reference to Starry Night. Starry Night was painted during his stay at an asylum in Saint-Remy. "It's an orangy sky" is a reference to Olive Grove: Orange Sky. "Always it's some other guy" is a reference to Sien Hoomik, a pregnant prostitute and mother of a child born out of wedlock, with whom van Gogh had a romantic relationship. "lullaby" is a reference to the La Berceuse painting series of Augustine Roulin. "Bye bye love" is a reference to van Gogh's suicide. And yes, van Gogh had blue eyes, mass confusion, and was intensely illustrious.
    TdyYrLoveon August 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song takes a whole new meaning when you have a broken heart.
    ledzepp115on June 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite song by the Cars. All of their music is the best to listen to.
    pureindisguiseon April 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's an orangy sky
    Always it's some other guy
    It's just a broken lullaby
    Bye, bye love
    Bye, bye love
    Bye, bye love
    Bye, bye love

    I think the chorus has all the meaning in this song. Its about how a guy is trying to get this girl but she always is choosing other guys, never him. "its just a broken lullaby", and finaly now he has given up.
    LyricsMASTER87539on June 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthats a good point about hearing different lyrics.
    im pretty sure its "clouds inside *your head", listen to it.
    Then its "*involving all my energies until you visited"
    thats how ive always heard it.
    "subsitution, mass confusion..."
    the clouds inside her head, is a reference to the female psyche, and creating confusion can be a part of seduction.
    "involving all my energies..."
    its about all the energy and effort courting awoman can take, especially when its one who thinks shes "illustrious". Maybe a girl who's a bit out of his league.
    meaningmastaon March 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought he was saying "It's a corn beef sky" instead of "orangey sky" hahaha.
    Anyway, just bought this on vinyl, it's a great album and song.
    SashaViceon June 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love how Ben sings this. I love the "eyes of porcelain and blue",line.
    Thia007on November 16, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could also be said "bye, bye love" could be a reference to love itself, the idea of love.
    All "love" is, is a broken lullaby- there really isnt any "love" in most relations. Its "always some other guy" , thats even true when married. People often have crushes on celebs, idealized mates etc.
    meaningmastaon March 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentalso wanted to add, more i think about it, it could be about "love" itself, romantic love.
    for example "it's an orangey sky" is talking about stereotypical romantic sunsets
    meaningmastaon March 25, 2008   Link

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