"Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" as written by and Leonard Cohen....
I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm
Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm
Yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new
In city and in forest they smiled like me and you
But now it's come to distances and both of us must try
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that's no way to say goodbye

I'm not looking for another as I wander in my time
Walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme
You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me
It's just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea
But let's not talk of love or chains and things we can't untie
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that's no way to say goodbye

I loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm
Your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm
Yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new
In city and in forest they smiled like me and you
But let's not talk of love or chains and things we can't untie
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that's no way to say goodbye


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"Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" as written by Leonard Cohen

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    General Commentthe shoreline and the sea are things that happen naturally with the world, they can't really be changed and are unpredictable, just like the sun setting and rising.

    you can't change them. it's just the way the world works.

    lost love. acknowledging lost love. understanding and accepting lost love. easing the pain of lost love with a comforting goodbye.

    people that are very much in love but will never be together, because of each other.

    go in peace, i will always love you.

    i'm done.
    iluke1on January 04, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I'm not looking for another as I wander in my time,
    walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme
    you know my love goes with you as your love stays with me,
    it's just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea"
    In absolutely adore this piece of this song. Especially the last part, when I hear that, I see the sea drawing back, but the shoreline moves exactly like the sea does.
    It seems to me like he's saying, our love is forever, and we will always be right for eachother ("our steps will always rhyme").
    And I think that's a beautiful thought, to which I can absolutely relate at the moment.
    But then there's that sadness, the sorrow and the goodbye. Very beautiful. So strong.
    I find it very hard to explain what exactly it means to me.
    So strong
    Philosophyon March 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI loved you in the morning, our kisses deep and warm,
    What we had was real, I acknowledge that it was true and mutual
    your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm,
    But even then your hair, like a storm foreshadowed that we could never be a permanent couple
    yes, many loved before us, I know that we are not new,
    Why do I feel like we are the only people that are hurting because we cant be together?
    in city and in forest they smiled like me and you,
    I know that countless others have felt this way, have shared love like we have, but ours cannot last as theirs might have
    but now it's come to distances and both of us must try,
    We have no choice but to separate, it could never happen and we knew it. We cannot understand, but we must accept it.
    your eyes are soft with sorrow,
    You are holding back tears, so am I, neither of us want this separation
    Hey, that's no way to say goodbye.
    Gently, I know we feel this way, but lets try to see past this
    I'm not looking for another as I wander in my time,
    This was not an affair, it was a relationship. I am not looking for another, I don’t know if what we had could be replicated
    walk me to the corner, our steps will always rhyme
    We will always understand each other, we shared a special connection
    you know my love goes with you as your love stays with me,
    I will never stop loving you, and I know you will never stop loving me
    it's just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea,
    But sometimes life is like this, and things change. We cannot do anything about it.
    but let's not talk of love or chains and things we can't untie,
    Lets not focus on what we cannot change. We cannot untie our love, it will always exist, but lets not focus on how we must leave each other now.

    One of my favorite all time songs. Cohen captures perfectly how it feels when a relationship ends imperfectly that feels like it was meant to be.
    Student1988on November 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo comments?
    It's such a lovely (and lonely) song! It comes to mind anytime I am missing someone. Which is a lot. Wah
    perfectandslowon February 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It makes me feel so very much.
    The voice, the melody. It is really a great song, with such beautiful lyrics.
    It really hits the feeling I have, when I really love someone, but have to miss that person.
    Philosophyon March 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about the imperfect goodbye that's common with broken relationships.
    charrbinon May 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about talking about how he loves this person, always has always will, but one of them has to move away or something, and hes telling her to not be sad,to make the best of things(but now it's come to distances and both of us must try, your eyes are soft with sorrow, Hey, that's no way to say goodbye.) and that he will always love her, and he will wait for her, he doesnt want someone new(I'm not looking for another as I wander in my time) and hes saying you cant kill there love, like when hes talking aobut things that cannot be untied, he says love cannot be "untied", it is as strong as chains...thats what i think..sorry if its long
    Jess929on February 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti came across this song by pure chance and it was my first introduction to cohen. from thence, i am hooked!
    it always makes me feel a little nostalgic.
    tel7e2on March 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song gives me a lump in my throat so amazing exactly the feelings you get when you miss someone so much whom you love dearly..it makes me think of when I go away to uni next year I will miss my boyfriend so much but never want anyone else..I think Jess929 description is good :)
    abby meliaon June 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a love that can't be, meeting someone at a point in your life when a relationship isn't possible.
    For me, it's about an affair, kinda like the feeling that 'the bridges of maddison county' give me.
    geybelkeon August 24, 2007   Link

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