Did I disappoint you or let you down?
Should I be feeling guilty or let the judges frown?
'Cause I saw the end before we'd begun,
Yes I saw you were blinded and I knew I had won

So I took what's mine by eternal right
Took your soul out into the night
It may be over but it won't stop there
I am here for you if you'd only care

You touched my heart you touched my soul
You changed my life and all my goals
And love is blind and that I knew when
My heart was blinded by you

I've kissed your lips and held your head
Shared your dreams and shared your bed
I know you well, I know your smell
I've been addicted to you

Goodbye my lover
Goodbye my friend
You have been the one
You have been the one for me

I am a dreamer but when I wake
You can't break my spirit - it's my dreams you take
And as you move on, remember me
Remember us and all we used to be

I've seen you cry, I've seen you smile
I've watched you sleeping for a while
I'd be the father of your child
I'd spend a lifetime with you

I know your fears and you know mine
We've had our doubts but now we're fine
And I love you, I swear that's true
I cannot live without you

Goodbye my lover
Goodbye my friend
You have been the one
You have been the one for me

And I still hold your hand in mine
In mine when I'm asleep
And I will bear my soul in time
When I'm kneeling at your feet

Goodbye my lover
Goodbye my friend
You have been the one
You have been the one for me

I'm so hollow, baby, I'm so hollow
I'm so, I'm so, I'm so hollow



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"Goodbye My Lover" as written by Sacha Skarbek, James Blount

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing

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  • +4
    Memory:in the video, at the end the girl is on her bed alone and looking at her right, thinking about her lover.

    i had a boyfriend, i'm not sure if i can call him a boyfriend cause we met online and we shared our vids, photos etc but never had the chance to meet in real life. it may sound ridicilous to some of you, the idea of loving someone you couldn't touch or look in the eye but it was for real. we were together for 5 months, talking everyday and sharing every feeling we got. one day he told me that he had a confession. he said that kissed a girl cause i wasn't around, it happened suddenly, it was hard to stay still for 5 months without even holding my hand, bla bla bla. a week after breaking up that girl and him started to date. that's the time i started crying. until then i wasn't feeling any pain, maybe it was because i could never kiss him, eventually i didn't feel like he cheated on me. but when i realized he could actually like or love someone else.. my heart began to hurt. it's been a year since we broke up, their relation lasted for 2 months, now he texts me everyday and says that he loves me, he always did. i know it's bullshit. i know i can't give my heart to him again. it still hurts. it's still recovering.

    of course i knew the song but i watched the video for the first time. i feel like i'm gonna faint. we used to imagine each other near us before going to sleep, last night he said "i'm on the left, just sleep on the right side and think like i'm holding you, good night baby, i love you." i watched the video for 5 times, just to see the girl at the end. just to see how i look when i'm reaching out to my left like i'm going to find him.

    why is love so difficult? why can't we be like animals, why does it have to end somehow? why can love take you soo much higher and at the same time bring you down when there's nobody to catch you?

    sorry guys, i wrote a lot of irrelevant stuff but i couldn't keep myself from writing.
    dimple444on December 17, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:I've recently broken up with my girlfriend and this is the first song that has actually honestly made me cry. It's just so beautifully honest; when he says things like 'I know your smell... i'd be the father of your child' is just so pointient and shameless, and I don't think there are many artists who've been able to write things like that. That's just how you feel when you break up with someone. I don't really think it's about someone's death, as lines like 'I am here for you, if you'd only care' doesn't really fit. It's simply about how utterly heartbroken, devastated and ripped apart he felt when he wrote it. I can't really put how I feel about the song into words... its just indescribablely beautiful and haunting.
    charliescotton April 10, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment:See Im sure this songs meaning is not as simple and as direct as we might think.

    "I know your fears and you know mine.
    We've had our doubts but now we're fine,
    And I love you, I swear that's true.
    I cannot live without you."

    Unlike the rest of the song, this part does not seem to indicate the end of a relationship, it actually makes it seem as though things are getting better...

    Also...

    "And I will bear my soul in time,
    When I'm kneeling at your feet"

    Normally when a man kneels at a womans feet, it is to propose... This is what makes think this song has a far more complex and deeper meaning, then what it seem superficially.

    Fabiion August 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:Ok guys, i do apologise. This maybe a bit lengthy, but anyone interested feel free to comment on my interpretation.

    When i first heard the song i adopted the universal assumption at first, that two lovers were together, but it didnt work, of coarse with different variables.

    After listening to it so much it hit me one night, and i apologise to anyone offended because this can be touchy, but i think it is affiliated with suicide. Its like he loved her so much, but he knew it wouldnt work from the start. If anyone has ever been involved with soemone with a serious mental illness you would understand (i do). So he loved her, but she was blinded by the darkness and couldnt escape, and he was blinded about the effects because he just loved her so much. Not all the song suggests the theme that she took her life, but there are some parts that get me. For instance:

    "Did I disappoint you or let you down?
    Should I be feeling guilty or let the judges frown?
    'Cause I saw the end before we'd begun,
    Yes I saw you were blinded and [I knew I had won]"

    Its like in that verse he feels guilty, was it hes fault that he couldnt help her and she slipped through, like in a metaphorical sense "let the judges frown" refers maybe to the world looking down on him/blaming. The rest of the first verse is simple to follow he is just reciting how he loves her.

    Come the second verse, "I'd be the father of your child.
    I'd spend a lifetime with you.
    I know your fears and you know mine.
    We've had our doubts but now we're fine,
    And I love you, I swear that's true.
    I cannot live without you"

    Had she not passed on, hes talking about how things would have been, having a family, growing old together etc. Hes a dreamer too, so he thinks in pictures, so he thought of spending forever with him, so when he wakes up although hes spirit is with him to carry him through life ( giving him that resilience to push on) Her passing has taken away all hes dreams :-(.

    The final part that hit me and its my favourite part of the song, is this, "And I still hold your hand in mine.
    In mine when I'm asleep.
    And I will bear my soul in time,
    When I'm kneeling at your feet".

    This part if u break it down is something many of us have been through if we loved someone and they have left us somehow, he can still feel her prescence so hes holding her hand. After he bares hes soul on judgement day hell greet her when he passes on too in a loving position where he kneels at her feet..... (most beautiful part of the song).

    To sum up my tedious and boring essay haha, "goodbye my lover" talks about losing her, and "im so hollow" just means hes walking along this world alone, and weve all felt it. Now anyone wanting to comment please do, i think im way off but i look into things too much.

    Cheers, :-)
    Bundy2008on May 08, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I still love my ex. She is the love of my life, and I am 31 now. A can't see her, so I have avoided a lot of places, just to avoid seeing her. Erased my facebook page, avoid old friends. etc, I earn a good amount of money, have a girl that any man would want, a good body (sports, boxing, etc), but finally, it doesn't really matters when every third nitght I spend it completely thinking about how we used to be. The most important part of this song, "Goodbye my love".. "I'm so hollow" explains what I have felt since we breakup. I had to cheat on her to kill the reletaion, because I couldn't do it by myself. I am supposed to have everything, but now I don't want any of the things that are suppossed to make me happy. She used to be my best friend, only partner, but I found that I was only the current boyfriend. This us my favourite song when it's time to remember. About having dreams, "I still hold you hand in mine"... those dreams keep me blue the whole day. Even woke up several days because she was on my dream. What's up with this love thing? PS: We broke up about 1 year ago.
    INAPLASTon April 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:He sings this song with such emotion its so beautiful, u can really feel his pain especially at the end when he sings 'im so hollow baby', ive felt like that after a particularly bad break up. The bit about his dreams i think when something really bad has happened and u are dreaming in your own world and then when u wake up theres a moment when everything is fine but then u remember the bad stuff...
    Ceridisbrayon June 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:What I say? Amazing, beautiful and almost painful to listen to... just because the relationship breaks down and ends doesn't mean the feelings do!
    When you have been with someone for a long time there will always be something, if only the memories... or the plans you made (I'd be the father of your child, I'd spend a lifetime with you). You are just left hollow and empty. Goodbye my lover, goodbye my friend, you have been the one for me.
    meathoofon June 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I can't listen to this song.

    When I was graduating high school I was dating a girl two years younger than me. In the weeks leading up to me leaving for school (three hours away from home), I had decided that we were going to break up because I waned to meet new people and all that stuff.

    This is the song she asked me to listen to. I cried.

    I went to school and within a week I changed my mind. I couldn't bare to be without her. I couldn't bare to not have her in my life. She was a wreck over the breakup, and I really hated to see her in so much pain. I still wanted to be with her. I loved her. So we decided to try a long distance relationship.

    We made it through my freshman year with few problems. I was 100% faithful and assume she was the same.

    My sophomore year was a different story. One thing after another went wrong. She hated my friends, my friends hated her, she didn't like that I spent time with other girls (nothing she needed to worry about)... all that stuff. She said she didn't have strong feelings for me anymore.

    We finally decided it was best to break it off.

    I honestly just assumed we'd get back together in the near future. But she was on to a new guy within a month.

    She broke up with him within a year, but she and I never really talked much again. I hear from her every once in a while, and I make an attempt every once in a while to be friends (because we were before and during our relationship), but I just can't bare to see her or talk to her and not be with her.

    So, now, the tables have turned. It's been over a year and a half since we ended our two year relationship. And this is the song I wish she would listen to in order to hear my feelings.
    bgenoon June 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:It's obviously about a relationship that didn't work. They are saying goodbye but he still cares for her. It kind of reminds me of Ted and Robin from How I met Your Mother... haha
    kyuuialisonon July 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:he has so much passion i his voice . All of his songs he writes himself and are about his real - life expeariences and what he's been through . The lyrics are discribing how someone he loves very dearly has left him , left him by hiself , he explains how he can not live without her and that he is very hollow that he has left her " I'm so hollow " . he is saying goodbye to his one and only Love .

    I think this song expresses his true feeling about a woman he was once with . x
    JedwardsBabexxon September 28, 2010   Link

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