I just came here to say that I'm going away
Something no little tear of yours can change
Like in that famous poem by Verlaine
Like some ill wind, I'll blow away

Remember the good times that we had
Turn pale or suffocate, I truly regret
Yeah, I'm sorry to say that I'm going away
You ask me, did I love you?
Well, I loved you, okay

I just came here to say that I'm going away
Something no long sob of yours can change
Like in that great old poem by Verlaine
Like some dead leaf, I'll blow away
You remember the sweet things that we said
Turn gray or moan or sway, I truly regret
Yeah, I'm sorry to say I only came to say I'm going away
Babe, because you did too much to me
Cry

I just came to say that I'm going away
Something no little tear of yours can change
And it's just like that great old poem by Verlaine
My memory strays the better days, I'm bound to go away
You remember the good times, yeah, oh, cry
Turn pale or suffocate, I came to say goodbye
I'm sorry to say that I came to tell you I'm going away, babe
Because you did too much to me
Cry
Cry

You're gonna cry
Cry, cry, cry
You're gonna cry
Cry, cry, cry

Too many teardrops for one heart to be crying
Too many teardrops for one heart to carry on

I hear you cry, cry, cry, cry
I hear you cry, cry, cry, cry


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I Came Here To Say I'm Going Away (Serge Gainsbourg) song meanings
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    General Commenti just want to apologize ahead of time for probably fucking up some famous poet's name.
    smileforthecameraon December 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPaul Verlaine.
    DTOon January 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIs this the Verlaine poem?

    "Like city's rain, my heart . . ."

    The rain falls gently on the town.
    Arthur Rimbaud

    Like city's rain, my heart
    Rains teardrops too. What now,
    This languorous ache, this smart
    That pierces, wounds my heart?
    Gentle, the sound of rain
    Pattering roof and ground!
    Ah, for the heart in pain,
    Sweet is the sound of rain!
    Tears rain-but who knows why?-
    And fill my heartsick heart.
    No faithless lover's lie? . . .
    It mourns, and who knows why?
    And nothing pains me so--
    With neither love nor hate--
    A simply not to know
    Why my heart suffers so.
    killerfrogon February 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGod, I love this. Perhaps my favorite cover on the Golden Opportunities mix.

    I'm almost certain Sheff is referencing Verlaine's "Chanson d'automne" ("Autumn Song.")

    "In autumn
    The long sobs
    Of the violins
    Wound my heart,
    A languorous,
    Monotone.

    Suffocating,
    Pale when
    The hour strikes
    I remember
    Past days
    And weep

    And go away
    In the ill wind
    Carried off
    Hither and ever
    Like a
    Dead leaf."
    DGeroskion June 19, 2011   Link

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