"Bitter End" as written by and Gary Michael/maines Louris....
The words that you said
They still ring in my head
Don't you know
We say goodbye
With a tear in our eye
Oh, where'd you go?

It's alright, you can sleep tonight
Knowing you'll always live on in a song

Farewell to old friends
Let's raise a glass to the bitter end
Farewell to old friends
Will you be the same when we see you again?

Remember the days
When we'd laugh as you played
Who would have known
The water would come and just take you away?
Oh, where'd you go?

It's not alright
I can't sleep tonight
Knowing you should have played on
On and on

Farewell to old friends
Let's raise a glass to the bitter end
Farewell to old friends
Will you forgive me when I see you again?

You had a good time
Drinking all of our wine
After the show
We all rode the wave
Of that crazy parade
Oh, where'd you go?
What happened to
The ones we knew?
As long as I'm the shiniest star
Oh, there you are

Farewell to old friends
Let's raise a glass to the bitter end
Farewell to old friends
We'll still be here when you come 'round again


Lyrics submitted by ridingfences

"Bitter End" as written by Natalie Maines Martha Maguire

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    General Commenttho I'm not sure who Natalie is referring to in this song "the words that you said they still ring in my head" but when I listen to it I think she's singing it to country radio stations. "farewell to old friends" meaning you loved us at once, but not anymore. and "we'll still be here when you come round again" meaning if country radio ever forgives them and discovers their music is damn good, they'll still be around to be played. I dunno tho...she might be directing it towards a friend or someone who used to play music that died....?
    Heather200408on May 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it is also about the radio stations and the old fans who stopped supporting the Chicks after Natalie's comment.

    "Remember the days
    When we'd laugh as you played
    Who would have known
    The water would come and just take you away
    Oh, where'd you go"

    After natalie made the comment about Bush, it was like a huge wave of backlash towards the Chicks and many people went with the crowd and were taken away into the controversy... the destroying of CDs and effort to get them off the radio

    Great song though
    Screamgr1on May 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor whatever reason, this song made me think of Hurricane Katrina, especially the line

    "Who would have known The water would come and just take you away"

    I am probably way off, but that is just my take. anyways, it is a beautiful song
    cuatink08on October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI also think this song is directed at the fans who abandoned them after the Bush comment. I hadn't thought about the radio stations, but that certainly fits as well.

    I think what I love so much about this song (and the whole album, really) is that the Chicks are holding their heads high. They've managed to convey their regret over what happened without apologizing. They've got nothing to apologize for, yet they still wish things would have gone differently. They're not willing to beg and plead and compromise their principles to get those fairweather fans back, but they'll certainly welcome them back should they change their minds.
    therealsvendenon December 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you guys are right, but I think some of it is in the point of view of the fans.
    ilovekelly75on February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDo you guys know what she means when she says "It's alright you can sleep tonight
    Knowing you'll always live on in a song?” Because I thought at first it meant she was talking about a friend who she wrote a song about, and then the friendship ended. But after reading your comments, all the stuff you said makes more sense. But then I do not see where that lyric fits in.
    Johnlennnnonon August 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI never fully listened to this album until my friend died. I heard this song and I just bursted out into tears. It reminded me of him
    Greenbeanmaureenon August 09, 2007   Link

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