"Say Goodbye" as written by and John Cooper....
Things are changing
It seems strange and
I need to figure this out
You've got your life
I got mine
But you're all I cared about
Yesterday we were laughing
Today I'm left here asking
Where has all the time gone now
I'm left alone somehow
Growing up and getting older
I don't want to believe it's over

Don't say goodbye
Cause I don't wanna hear those words tonight
Cause maybe it's not the end for you and I
And although we knew
This time would come for me and you
Don't say anything tonight
If you're gonna say goodbye

Do you remember
In December
How we swore we'd never change
Even though you're leaving
That our feelings
Would always stay the same
I wish we could be laughing
Instead I'm standing here asking
Do we have to end this now
Can we make it last somehow
We both know what we've gotta say, not today
Cause I don't wanna leave this way

Don't say goodbye
Cause I don't wanna hear those words tonight
Cause maybe it's not the end for you and I
And although we knew
This time would come for me and you
Don't say anything tonight
If you're gonna say goodbye

And if it's over
It hurts but I'm giving you my word
I hope that you're always
Happy like we were
Happy like we were

Don't say goodbye
Cause I don't wanna hear those words tonight
Cause maybe it's not the end for you and I
And although we knew
This time would come for me and you
Don't say anything tonight
If you're gonna say goodbye

Yesterday we were laughing (if you're gonna say goodbye)
Today I'm left here asking (if you're gonna say goodbye)

And although we knew this time would come for me and you
Don't say anything tonight
If you're gonna say goodbye


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"Say Goodbye [Acoustic]" as written by John Landrum Cooper John Cooper

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    My InterpretationFirst, a story. I was good friends with a guy for 6 months. I loved him to death *as a friend*, and only 2 or 3 months ago, learned that for most of that time, he liked me. Well as you can probably guess, we started dating about a month ago. It was the best relationship of my 16 year-old life. He made me happier than I could describe in words, and I couldn't believe that I was lucky enough to have my best guy friend and my boyfriend all in one. He told me that he never wanted to lose me, and that one day, he wanted to get married.
    Less than a week ago, he broke up with me. He said that he did it because he cared about me too much to let me get hurt again. He realized that we wouldn't last forever, and so he ended it so that I would hurt less than if he had done it later on. At first, I couldn't see that he was telling the truth. I thought he was lying to me, as I have been lied to many times before in similar situations. But just last night, I was listening to this song, and it all came clear. It hit me like a pile of bricks; he was telling the truth. He really loves me enough to let me go before I got hurt even more, and before our friendship was also at stake. That's why he still wants to be friends. And honestly I cannot wait until I see him next so that I can apologize and get my friend back :)

    Funny thing, the line about December (in the song) is dead on.

    That is basically how I interpret this song. Two people are in a relationship, and it goes great until one realizes that it's not going to last forever, so he/she ends it. The other is confused and hurt and doesn't understand, but they go along with it because they have no other option. In time, they realize that they can still continue to be friends like they were before, and that the breakup doesn't have to change that. They don't have to "say goodbye" to each other.
    pris0nbugon January 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song nearly puts me in tears everytime i listin to it. It can relate to so many people in the world today. This song is such a lovely song. I can't believe no one has commented on it. If you have never listined to it. LISTIN TO IT NOW! Its a lovley song with lovey lyrics. What an awesome song. 10 / 10.... So sweet.
    Sanyoon January 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is like, my life the past few weeks. Me and my boyfriend live about a half and hour away, and neither of us drive. I never saw him, and he had a lot of family problems. I knew we were going to break up, but I didn't want to accept it. And the eerie thing is, we met in December and started going out December 31st. We thought we would never have anything to fight about. We broke up Tuesday, and this song is like, our entire relationship in three minutes.
    captainreactionon February 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song reminds me of what my gf and i are going through right now as amatter of fact she wants to leave but i cant face the world without her
    Shadowhawkiceon March 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy boyfriend just graduated and is going off to college. I know we're going to break up, but part of me still doesn't want to. Our relationship got more serious in december ("Do you remember in december when we swore we'd never change?") This song shows completely what I've been feeling about the relationship. AWESOME song!
    imabee3on May 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYa it noticed the comparison of the first girl who commente.d.strange..
    trevorshadeon June 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut personally this song reminds me of a cat we had to get rid of,just cause he was the kitty who could..meow so much it annoyed ppl.
    :/i liked him.
    trevorshadeon June 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis reminds me when me and my bestfriend had to say goodbye.......
    TJB_GoingintoBattleon August 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song...practically kills me every time I listen to it...I had a girlfriend back a while, but we broke up cus she felt she wasn't ready, but she still liked me alot and I was still in love with her...and maybe a week or so ago she just said she didn't like me anymore. Like bang. It was completely over...its like its me singing this song...it completely shocked me when I heard it...I basically broke down...cus I keep telling myself the exact thing hes been singing in the song...but I hope shes happy...
    thecomatoseon August 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have to admit it, but I have teared up every single time I've heard this song. ;(

    I just remember having this song on repeat in my iPod the night I knew for a fact that the love of my life was about to break up with me. Gah... crying just typing this and listening to the song together. x3 It was really just one of those "you don't want it to happen, but there's no avioding it" type of situations...

    I just love this song. D:
    chexiaon November 17, 2007   Link

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