"Say Hello, Wave Goodbye" as written by and Marc/ball Almond....
Standing in the door of the Pink Flamingo
Crying in the rain
It was a kind of so so love
And I´m going to make sure it never

Happens again
You and I
It had to be
The standing joke of the year

You were a sleep around
A lost and found
And not for me I fear
I tried to make it work

You in a cocktail skirt
And me in a suit
(Well it just wasn´t me)
You´re used to wearing less

And now you´re life´s a mess
So insecure you see
I put up with all the scenes
And this is one scene

That´s going to be played my way
Take your hands off me
I don´t belong to you, you see
Take a look at my face

For the last time
I never knew you
You never knew me
Say hello Goodbye

Say hello wave goodbye
Under the deep red light
I can see the makeup sliding down
Hey little girl you will always make up

So take off that unbecoming frown
What about me - well
I´ll find someone
That´s not going cheap in the sales

A nice little housewife
Who´ll give me a steady life
And won´t keep going off the rails
Take your hands off me

I don´t belong to you, you see
Take a look at my face
For the last time
I never knew you

You never knew me
Say hello Goodbye
Say hello wave goodbye
We´ve been involved

For quite a while now
And to keep you secret has been hell
We´re strangers meeting for the first time O.K.?
Just smile and say hello

Say hello then wave goodbye
Goodbye


Lyrics submitted by Milkman82, edited by echolot

"Say Hello Wave Goodbye" as written by David James Ball David Ball

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  • +3
    General CommentAccording to Marc Almond, this song is actually about a prostitute and her "lover". He feels that she is beneath him (no pun intended), probably guilty at his relationship with her and so he is leaving her.
    wumingon May 31, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentrenod2, couldn't disagree more. David Gray has some great numbers on that album but I didn't rate his interpretation of this; I think he oversimplifies it. Like all great artists Marc Almond plays this different each time he performs it, but it's typically full of passion, venom and bitterness about a failed relationship. Other times he seems just plain vindictive and even humourous and mocking. I think it plays on anger and resentment as a way of dealing with the pain of a failed relationship he really wanted to work. After all, he starts the song out by 'crying in the rain', and the 'nice little housewife' line seems sarcastic, as if that's not really what he wants at all. He seems unwillingly resigned to a more boring life after failing to keep up with someone that turned out to be a little too dangerous and exciting for him. I think he's secretly disgusted with himself for not being able to handle this girl, but deals with that by blaming her.
    I don't know about the hidden gay meaning that others mention, or the suggestion the girl is a prostitute. I just know it's a masterpiece that captures perfectly a complex set of emotions most of us have probably experienced at some point.
    jonboy7on October 22, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTake your hands of me, I don't belong to you, you see...
    Take a look at my face for the last time.. I never knew you, you never knew me...
    Say hello, wave goodbye.

    Difficult, but one of them must have the strength to end a relationship that doesn't work and lovers don't match. I don't think it's about Marc realizing he's gay, cause he's planning to find a "nice little housewife". It's more about being attracted to a certain person, but that's all, there is no future for you two and, although you like them, you feel tired of them and you get them out of your life.

    And me, I also don't like David Gray's cover (don't find it awful though), but Nouvelle Vague's one is pretty worth a listen:) No-one catches up Soft Cell's version, of course!!!<3
    InBetweenTheLineson April 05, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of the greatest love songs ever written - sadly destroyed by the David Gray bedwetter's mix. Awesome with Marc Almond's wandering vocal and delivered with real emotion and power. Obviously about the break up of a relationship and the bitterness that ensues after he 'tried to make it work'. Phenomenal - the original anyway.
    Rozzeron January 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Excellent" cover by David Gray? Are you kidding?? He even had the nerve to change the lyric from "you were a sleeparound" to "you were a runaround", presumably because the average Gray fan might burst into tears if the great man sang anything that wasn't housewife-friendly. I detest Gray forever for the grievous murder he inflicted on this song.
    Urban Cannibalon September 13, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment This is one of my top 10 fav songs. It reminds me of a relationship I had. It was a bad deal
    It was a kind of so so love
    And I'm gonna make sure it never
    Happens again
    You and I it had to be
    The standing joke of the year
    when I listen to this song , and I listen to it almost every day, it reminds that mistakes are often made , but we dont have to keep making them
    Great "piss off" song
    scanon December 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, I agree, that David Gray version is disgusting, it's 9 flippin minutes long, and so terrible, I really don't like that Bob Dylan wannabe.

    Well I heard this song at my work [abercrombie and fitch] and I loved it, but when i downloaded it, I got the original song, which isn't the one they play at my work. I did some digging and found the fast-paced one, it's on their Very Best Of CD, it's soooo much better than the slow original in my opinion. Great song though.
    stryker311on April 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice one Rozzer...one of the best love? songs ever
    babyboomeron August 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst time I heard this song was in a tribute to Pat Tillman. His situation really has no correlation to the lyrics, except for the chorus. Say Hello, Wave Goodbye. Goodbye Pat. See you soon.
    smarek82on February 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commenttheres no attraction. Nothing there. Also its about him with a slutty girl and is embarassed. i love this song. sad though
    sweet surrenderon April 07, 2008   Link

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