"Goodbye Lovers & Friends" as written by Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, Nicholas John Mccarthy, Robert Hardy and Paul Robert Thompson....
Don't play pop music, no
You know I hate pop music
Just sing amazing godless grace

I don't wear bright colours, oh
You know I hate bright colours
I never liked you for the way you dressed
Anyway

Goodbye lovers and friends
So sad to leave you
When they lie and say
"This is not the end"
You can laugh as if
We're still together
You can laugh about it all
Anyway

I hope you didn't bring flowers
Hope you didn't write a poem
Hope you remember every fight

I know I could be noxious
Or occasionally cruel
But only to the ones
I loved

So goodbye lovers and friends
So sad to leave you
When they lie and say
"This is not the end"
You can laugh as if
We're still together
You can laugh about it all

Don't get inventory
Don't fake your memory
Don't give me virtues that I never had
Don't get sychophantal
We never were sentimental
I know that I took more than I ever gave

I don't need to be forgiven
But a moment from the living
Yeah that's the only thing I ask

So don't play pop music, no
You know I hate pop music
Just sing amazing godless grace

So goodbye lovers and friends
It's so sad to leave you
When they lie and say
"This is not the end"
You can laugh as if
We're still together
But this really is the end


Lyrics submitted by flozn, edited by Franztastic

"Goodbye Lovers & Friends" as written by Bryan Charles Hollon Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley

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    Song MeaningGOT IT.
    This song is about a man looking on at his own funeral

    Don't play pop music/You know I hate pop music/Just sing amazing godless grace
    Basically saying not to play pop music at his funeral

    Don't wear bright colours/You know I hate bright colours/I never liked you for the way you dressed/Anyway
    Telling them, basically, to wear black to his funeral

    Goodbye lovers and friends/So sad to leave you/When they lie and say/'This is not the end'/you can laugh as if/we're still together/you can laugh about it all
    The chorus is just him saying goodbye to his loved ones

    I hope you didn't bring flowers/Hope you didn't write a poem/Hope you remember every fight/I know I could be noxious/Or occasionally cruel/But only to the ones/I loved
    Telling them not to bring flowers or sappy poems to his funeral, almost admitting to being an awful person in life, but trying to explain that he only acted rudely to the ones he loved, the ones he's saying goodbye to, the ones at his funeral

    Don't get inventory/Don't fake your memory/Don't give me virtues that I never had/Don't get sychophantal/We never were sentimental/I know I took more than I ever gave
    He's, again, admitting that he was a bad person, reminding the people at his funeral not to dress up the fact that he was an awful person, just saying "remember me for the man I was, not who you wanted me to be."


    I don't need to be forgiven/But a moment from the living/That's the only thing I ask
    Obviously, he's again saying that he doesn't really care that he was that bad, he just wanted to be remembered by the living.

    Goodbye lovers and friends/So sad to leave you/When they lie and say/'This is not the end'/you can laugh as if/we're still together/but this really is the end/
    Again, saying goodbye for the last time, the VERY last time, he says, because this really is the end.
    Franztasticon September 09, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, and I think it's a super great closing for Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.
    It's clear this is a sort of Goodbye, and the mood of this song is completely different than Right Action, which was silly and fun and hopeful. It's a somewhat tragic end of what was a great beginning and I absolutely love it
    Franztasticon September 08, 2013   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, its about parting ways, but in a permanent way, death in this case and the way we are remembered.

    He is dying, and wants to be remembered for exactly who he is, not glorified and told about how he was such a wonderful person. He doesn't believe in god, hence he's "laughing at them when they say this is not the end" because he knows it is the end, its just something they are saying to him to make him feel better. Hence the line "but this really is the end"

    I guess we all have a dark side, and in death its usually never mentioned, only about how wonderful we were. And this guys feels it doesn't do justice to him to not remember him completely, good and bad.

    He does care for people because he says "its so sad to leave you" he's just admitting that he was pretty selfish and wasn't the nicest person to them. So remember in death like I was in life.
    option October 06, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised that no-one has mentioned how it could be about how his opinion of his career. As in, how he had to change how his music originally was to get popular/because his manager told him to.
    The first two paragraphs talk about change, then the chorus is about how his fame disallows him to meet his family/friends.
    Hgaudguadon May 16, 2015   Link

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