"Too Late For Goodbyes" as written by and Julian Lennon....
Ever since you've been leaving me, I've been wanting to cry.
Now I know how it feels for you, I've been wanting to die.
But it's much too late for good-byes, yes, it's much too late for good-byes.

Time has gone since I've been with you, and we've been starting to die.
Now it seems you don't care for me, and I don't understand why.
But it's much too late for good-byes, yes, it's much too late for good-byes.

Ever since you've been far away, I've been wanting to fly.
Now I know what you meant to me, I'm the one who should cry.
And it's much too late for good-byes, yes, it's much too late for good-byes.

Ever since you've been leaving me, I've been wanting to cry.
Now I know how it feels for you, I've been wanting to die.
And it's much too late for good-byes, yes, it's much too late for good-byes.


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"Too Late for Goodbyes" as written by Julian Lennon

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    General CommentWhat a poignant testament to the abandonment a child can feel when a parent is distant. Julian Lenon wasn't able to know his father all that well growing up, as John Lennon left Julian's Mum and eventually remarried. Of course, having a famous Dad could well make mattere that much more complicated...despite the pop feel to this song, it moves me. I often wonder, not having a close relationship with my own father, what that loss must be like.
    mollenaon January 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentInteresting interpretation, mollena. I'd never considered it that way. Whether the song is about a broken parent-child relationship or the dissolution of a romantic partnership, it's a powerful testament to the confusion that follows. Even if we try to repress the pain, it returns with a surprisingly sharp edge. I felt that the upbeat tempo of the song beautifully parallels the singer's emotions--he's trying to remain nonchalant and casual even as the grief finally surfaces. Although it's lyrically very simple with repetitive rhymes, I still found it affecting.
    goddesscarolineon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI read in "John" by Cythia Lennon that most people thought it was about his relationship with his father when the truth was it was about an ex-girlfriend. "John" was a great book! you should read it. There were some things I never knew about John Lennon. Poor Julian throughout all of this. I wish John hadn't of died when they were starting to get close.
    shantasticon November 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the song was about a relationship too - one between him and a girlfriend that failed. However I recently saw the video (didn't watch too much TV back in the day) which made me rethink that. In the video which is filmed on a stage with the band, there is doorway with white background lighting. A person is seen playfully at times going from side to side, and the person has the look like his Dad did in the 70's - long hair, a beard - - so now I am not sure if its only about a girl. Perhaps the video was filmed that way and the lyrics are general enough that it could be about the end of a romantic or parental relationship. A recent breakup with a girlfriend could have easily been the inspiration of the song but the person dancing in the doorway could easily represent John and his playful spirit. Either way, I find it to be a catchy, simple, yet powerful song.
    paulieceeon September 28, 2013   Link

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