"Farewell" as written by and Rosie Thomas....
Farewell so long cause
I was wrong I guess
Farewell so long cause
I was wrong I confess

I miss the way you
I miss the way you dance with me
I miss the way you
I miss the way you dance with me

So farewell my love
Cause I was wrong I guess
Farewell so long
'Cause I was wrong I confess

I miss the way you
I miss the way you sing with me
I miss the way you
I miss the way you sing with me

I never asked you for
A sailboat in the yard
Or that fancy dress to wear
Or a ceiling made of stars
And all I got was just this
Broken heart from you

I'm done


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"Farewell" as written by Rosie Thomas

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    General CommentThis is quite possibly the most fragile and delicate song I've ever held in my heart.
    shockdelicaon December 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"i never asked you for a sailboat in the yard
    that fancy dress to wear
    or a ceiling made of stars,"

    there's something deeply personal about these lines for me.

    to me this song describes the narrator's role in the relationship... always a selfless one, she never asked for anything much. she loved the simple things they shared together. the dancing, the trust, the quiet moments.

    "i miss the way you sing with me,"

    it's amazing the things you miss most about people when they're gone from your life. the narrator of the song obviously didn't care only for the gifts things he gave her or the pretty words he spoke. what she loved most about him was how naturally they went together. comfortable. like they were home in each other's company. there aren't many people you'd be comfortable singing with if you're like me(off-key and cracking voice), but when you find someone who not only doesn't mind your singing, but joins in with you...well, that's something very special. that's something that makes you cry when it's gone.

    to me, this is an anthem for someone mourning over the death of a dream.
    delialon June 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGrowing up we had a play area that my father made. In it he fashioned a "jungle gym" that was shaped like a sailboat.

    The first time I heard this song - that's all I could think of - my back yard and how special that was to me - but if I were to have lost my father in some way - I would have been left with nothing but a broken heart.

    Rosie Thomas seems to go to the heart of the matter - This song makes me think of a child - Her father singing to her, dancing with her - buying her a pretty dress, putting glow in the dark stars on the ceiling for her - And then, I believe, leaving her in some way - divorce, death, distance.

    Although not my personal life - Rosie Thomas so skillfully weaves this song that I can feel the pain of a child losing her father -
    kriskon February 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow... just listen to this song... its stunning
    annion February 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"i never asked you for a sailboat in the yard, that fancy dress to wear, or a ceiling made of stars, and all i got was just this broken heart from you."

    that's deep. just think about, all she wanted was to be loved and feel complete, but now she's just broken.
    brightestfireflyon February 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow this song is so sad and beautiful, if you dont know it just listen to it.
    bellaboo137on April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow this song is so sad and beautiful, if you dont know it just listen to it.
    bellaboo137on April 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI never thought of this song as being about a father-daughter relationship, but I like krisk's description of how s/he sees it.

    The meaning of this song, for me, is simply LETTING GO.
    LilyBearon February 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commenttome, this is just after a break up when your trying to be strong but the cracks show in the final verse. this is the song that i heard first by Rosie thomas and turned me into a fan. when she did this song at a live gig in England that i went to, she blened/mixed it in with bicycle/tricycle and i was nearly in tears. just wish i could get a hold of a recording of that!!
    evenfunnieron May 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsuch a beautiful, sad song. "i never asked you for a sailboa in the yardt"; i agree with delial - she was the selfless one, she gave and gave and never asked for anything back except love, and she didn't even get that in the end, just a broken heart. "i was wrong, i guess." stunning.
    missmeon July 13, 2008   Link

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