"If You See Her, Say Hello" as written by and Bob Dylan....
If you see her, say hello,
She might be in Tangiee
She left here last early spring
Is livin' there, I hear
Say for me that I'm all right
Though things get kind of slow
She might think that I've forgotten her
Don't tell her it isn't so

We had a falling-out
Like lovers often will
And to think of how she left that night
It still brings me a chill
And though our separation
It pierced me to the heart
She still lives inside of me
We've never been apart

If you get close to her
Kiss her once for me
I always have respected her
For doin' what she did and gettin' free
Oh, whatever makes her happy
I won't stand in the way
Though the bitter taste still lingers on
From the night I tried to make her stay

I see a lot of people
As I make the rounds
And I hear her name here and there
As I go from town to town
And I've never gotten used to it
I've just learned to turn it off
Either I'm too sensitive
Or else I'm gettin' soft

Sundown, yellow moon
I replay the past
I know every scene by heart
They all went by so fast
If she's passin' back this way
I'm not that hard to find
Tell her she can look me up
If she's got the time


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"If You See Her, Say Hello" as written by Bob Dylan

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  • +5
    General CommentGravity dwarf I really don't think you could be more wrong on this one. Dylan really isn't contradicting himself at all in the places you pointed out.

    The reason he says he's alright in some parts and then in others that he's not is because he wants her to think he's alright even though he's not because he knows she's not coming back and wants her to be happy.

    He says he won't stand in her way any longer, even though it hurts him. He tried to make her stay at one point but he's given up on it because he knows she wasn't happy there. He's not contradicting himself because he's talking about two different moments in time.

    And again when he says their seperation pierced him to the heart though they've never been apart, he's talking about his mindset at two different times. The realisation that a part of her was still with him didn't come until later, and even though a part of her is with him and they're not completely apart, he can still be upset that she is not physically there. It's a little like the way some people think about death. The person may be gone, but their memory and a part of them can live on inside of you. That doesn't mean it's irrational to be upset that they are gone.

    And he doesn't want her to know that he still misses her and thinks of her because he doesn't want to make himself vulnerable or feel like he is being a burden to her after she has 'freed' herself, but of course in reality he does still think of her and want to be with her.

    I don't think he thinks he's being ridiculous at all. He simply knows that she won't come back and that she is happier without him even though he still longs for her.
    Jim Youngon May 28, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is a truly heartbreaking song. Perhaps the best break-up song that there is.

    "Whatever makes her happy, I won't stand in the way..."

    Anyone who's ever lost a love can relate to this song. It's an amazing song...
    Rolling Beatleon February 23, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAny time I get in a fight with my spouse I put this song on and cry and cry and cry. It's gut-wrenching. Just amazing how his words can make a person feel.
    directorspenceon June 20, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentPain and loss, the true pain felt when he realised just what he'd lost and the very real loss of a loved one. The yearning and almost calling to her is hopeful she will indeed look him up some day although he recognises just how vulnerable that will make him. And the almost trivial 'we had a falling out, like lovers often will', an almost throw away comment typifies the thrown away emotion of lost love. Things done and said in the heat of the moment that leave one too vulnerable to hope the lover may just be brave enough to look him up one day. It's beautiful and bittersweet; love lost and yearned for
    gothravenon December 30, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment'Sundown, yellow moon, I replay the past
    I know every scene by heart, they all went by so fast'

    This is such a typical reaction to lost love, I'm surprised more people don't mention it in their songs more often. So typical, but like "Time is a jetplane, it moves too fast," it comes off as incredibly sincere and beautiful. Perfection in verse.
    justinbaily21on December 04, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSo kudos to Beer good, I was going to post these alternate lyrics I just discovered. He beat me to it four and a half years ago.

    At any rate this is a spectacular song. I love the meanings in all the different lyrics. All the lyrics are constantly changing with time and situations. This one takes my breathe away...

    "If you see her say hello, she might be in North Saigon
    She left here in a hurry, I don't know what she was on
    You might say that I'm in disarray and for me time's standing still
    Oh I've never gotten over her, I don't think I ever will

    A bright light from me I saw, a scattering of souls
    Just one of them reckless situations, which nobody controls
    Well, the menagerie of life rolls by, right before my eyes
    And we all do the best we can, which should come as no surprise

    If you're making love to her, watch it from the rear
    You'll never know when I'll be back, or liable to reappear
    For it's natural to dream of peace as it is for rules to break
    And right now I've got not much to lose, so you'd better stay away

    Sundown, silver moon, hitting on the days
    My head can't understand no more, what my heart don't tolerate
    Well I know she'll be back someday, of that there is no doubt
    And when that moment comes Lord, give me the strength to keep her out"

    I've lost someone very close to me that I was estranged from for months. She had an addiction problem and it took her life. This song and all it's manifestations (especially), speak to my soul. I loved her with all my heart but we could never be. It wasn't all her fault and it wasn't all my fault. It's just the way things were. I really wanted her to be happy in life.

    Bob Dylan has pulled me through some real tough times. But, without the heartache, I wouldn't hang with Bob like I do.
    Admiral82on February 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song...from a perfect album.

    The most intimate and personal line: "She might think that I've forgotten her, don't tell her it isn't so." The line still gives me chills. You can hear the quiver in Bob's voice saying that he is still upset. The music tries to keep it light-hearted...but his voice and lyrics cut right through the charade!
    jersey73on October 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGravity dwarf I really don't think you could be more wrong on this one. Dylan really isn't contradicting himself at all in the places you pointed out.

    The reason he says he's alright in some parts and then in others that he's not is because he wants her to think he's alright even though he's not because he knows she's not coming back and wants her to be happy.

    He says he won't stand in her way any longer, even though it hurts him. He tried to make her stay at one point but he's given up on it because he knows she wasn't happy there. He's not contradicting himself because he's talking about two different moments in time.

    And again when he says their seperation pierced him to the heart though they've never been apart, he's talking about his mindset at two different times. The realisation that a part of her was still with him didn't come until later, and even though a part of her is with him and they're not completely apart, he can still be upset that she is not physically there. It's a little like the way some people think about death. The person may be gone, but their memory and a part of them can live on inside of you. That doesn't mean it's irrational to be upset that they are gone.

    And he doesn't want her to know that he still misses her and thinks of her because he doesn't want to make himself vulnerable or feel like he is being a burden to her after she has 'freed' herself, but of course in reality he does still think of her and want to be with her.

    I don't think he thinks he's being ridiculous at all. He simply knows that she won't come back and that she is happier without him even though he still longs for her.
    Jim Youngon May 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favorite lyrical songs ever. Unfortunately, many people can relate to the feelings he is conveying.
    The Drizzleon May 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song in the "right" time.. just tears me apart.
    WoodyDeleonon August 31, 2011   Link

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