Goodbye to you my trusted friend
We've known each other since we were nine or ten
Together we've climbed hills and trees
Learned of love and ABC's
Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees
Goodbye my friend it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that spring is in the air
Pretty girls are everywhere
Think of me and I'll be there

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the hills that we climbed
Were just seasons out of time

Goodbye Papa please pray for me
I was the black sheep of the family
You tried to teach me right from wrong
Too much wine and too much song
Wonder how I got along
Goodbye Papa it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
Little children everywhere
When you see them, I'll be there

We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons have all gone
We had joy, we had fun
We had seasons in the sun
But the wine and the song
Like the seasons have all gone

Goodbye Michelle my little one
You gave me love and helped me find the sun
And every time that I was down
You would always come around
And get my feet back on the ground
Goodbye Michelle it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky
Now that the spring is in the air
With the flowers everywhere
I wish that we could both be there



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"Seasons in the Sun" as written by Jacques Roman/brel Brel

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., CARLIN AMERICA INC

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  • +3
    General Comment:Terry Jacks did not write it or translate it. Jacques Brel wrote "Le Moribond" in French. It was a song from a dying man to his unfaithful wife and friends. Rod McKuen translated it into English as "Seasons in the Sun". This translation was covered by four or five bands including The Kingston Trio. Terry Jacks changed the last verse without permission, taking out the references to adultery.
    As for why the narator is dying, ever since i was small i've thought it was written from the perspective of a man in a cell, condemned to death (deprived of the joys of spring and "black sheep of the family").
    Lovely song.
    azkmon May 15, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:I've always imagined this being sung by someone about to be executed, standing on the scaffold, asked if they have any last words. (I probably just have a dark mind)

    It makes me cry a little every time though
    manic4manicson February 27, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:Life is fragile and unpredictable and unforgiving. There are no words for how fast it goes or how we turn into ash overnight.
    Freddy2005on July 27, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:It's about death, I'm guessing. I loved this song as a child. It was so popular and got so much air time. Now I'm wondering why it was so popular; I guess we weren't bright enough to understand the dark lyrics;) Geesh. And it took me decades to understand what a 'pearl necklace' was :) For shame!
    SweetCheeks2on February 27, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:beautiful
    oitoyon December 30, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:haha. Not actually. T J was a music producer. He worked with the beach boys. He heard some song or story by a (french? that'd make since he's from montreal) composer or author. The tale was one of a young man confronting an untimely death, maybe a terminal illness. T J thought is was beautiful and pitched it to the beach boys who rejected it. HE took matters into his own hands and entered the pantheorn of one hit wonders witht this gem which stuck on the canadian charts for ages and has found its way into countless compilations and cover bands.
    blue113on January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:Came out during Vietnam, it's about dying in war. He realizes while he is dying what was real to him in life. It contrasts the constructed worldview society forces onto us and the real worldview we have as humanbeings living amongst nature.
    woohoo10134on February 04, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:It's about death, I don't try to specualate the manner of death, just someone realising the inevitability of it.
    kmk_natashaon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:terry jacks wrote this? i thought he did this as a remake of a french song called 'le moribond'
    carjieon October 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:I love this song. My aunt sang it when i was visiting her in the hospital. she passed away a few days ago. and now its all i listen to.

    And as for it being better when NIRVANA plays it, wrong. NIRVANA sounds like shit. Baked off their ass they couldnt even remember most of the words.
    Shad_DTCon February 29, 2008   Link

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