"Last Goodbye" as written by and Jeff Buckley....
This is our last goodbye
I hate to feel the love between us die
But it's over
Just hear this and then I'll go
You gave me more to live for
More than you'll ever know

This is our last embrace
Must I dream and always see your face?
Why can't we overcome this wall?
Baby, maybe its just because you didn't know you at all

Kiss me, please kiss me
But kiss me out of desire, babe, not consolation
Oh, you know it makes me so angry
'Cause I know that in time, I'll only make you cry
This is our last goodbye

Did you say, "No, this can't happen to me"
Did you rush to the phone to call
Was there a voice unkind in the back of your mind
Saying maybe you didn't know him at all
You didn't know him at all, oh oh, ya didn't know
Ooo didn't know

Well, the bells out in the church tower chime
Burning clues into this heart of mine
Thinking so hard on her soft eyes
And the memories, offer signs that it's over
Over


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"Last Goodbye" as written by Jeff Buckley

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  • +3
    General CommentI agree with Rowley. The thing I love about Jeff Buckley is his songs are so beautiful. I mean, the beginning can start out mellow and he extends into this intense bit where he'll use all his vocal power to make the lyrics more powerful and his voice is so amazing that you don't even barely recognize the music which is also beautiful but ugh... i can't say enough good things about this man.
    Title_Trackon March 30, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is so beautiful and full of emotion. jeff buckley was such a great lyricist. i can only imagine all the great songs he had left in him when he tragically died so young. sigh.
    gleebson December 14, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General Commentalthough this song is about the ending of a realtionship that has obvioulsy meant a lot to the person singning, i always find myself feeling incredibley happy afterwards, it seems as if they are both happy with it. my favourite line, "you gave me more to live for more than you'll ever know."
    the good captainon February 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBeautiful song from an amazing artist...just makes me think about the records he may have had in him if he'd still lived. Personal highlight is his voice when he sings:

    "But kiss me out of desire, babe, and not consolation
    You know it makes me so angry 'cause i know that in time
    I'll only make you cry, this is our last goodbye"

    Just that emotion that's smothered all over the vocals...great stuff
    otori_wazmasteron February 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIs this the greatest break-up song or what? When he cries "kiss me, please kiss me", well, it is just crazy. The whole song is just, it's just heart breaking.
    Ralfloron August 24, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentive been listening to this song for years - and it has ALWAYS been one of my favorites

    it does, however, take on a new dimension after youve broken up with someone you thought you'd never break up with - for me, this song conjures up some crazy feelings

    so honest - so vulnerable

    ill echo the sentiments of quite a few of the comments: emotions simply well up when that beat hits and jeff belts out: "did you say, 'no, this can't happen to me'?..."

    incredible - and yes, heart breaking

    heres to jeff - wherever you are...
    TheKricketon September 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentA bloody shame he died. That fat bitch from X Factor ruined Hallelujah, and he is a great lyricist. Greatly missed.
    JJKingy1994on January 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen Jeff lived in LA he had an relationship with an older german woman, this song is about that break up. But as anyone that ever have experienced heartache will testify, it is poetry that many of us can relate to, but none of us is capable of writing. I find "Forget her" even more touching due to my own personal failures.
    torgrimon May 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningNow this song is of great importance to me. I have been in love with someone for a year and a half and he loved me...I broke up with him because we were so far apart and I wanted my youth. Now, Jeff of course loved this person and we gather this when he says 'you gave me more to live for, more than you'll ever know' Now they obviously reached a hiccup (like mine and this guy's distance for instance) because he says 'Why can't we overcome this wall?' But then he goes on to say maybe it's because he didn't know her at all. And that in itself will prevent any relationship from going any further. He wants her to kiss him because he wants to see if the passion is still there. But he doesn't want her to kiss her just for his sake..to make him happy...but because she wants to, which is obvious. He tells us that in black and white. What's making him angry is that if she does kiss him 'out of consolation' not only will it fool him but it will also make him carry on the relationship. But because he's not sure he wants to be in it..he'll only end it later which will 'only make her cry'. This bit is probably my favourite part of this song. in this verse he is explaining basically, she didn't show how upset she was and she didn't even try to get him back. She didn't scream to the heavens with heart-break, she didn't 'rush to the phone to call'. But it's there he realises she didn't know him either and that's why she didn't try either to overcome the wall or get him back either. Which is pretty heart-breaking for him because he feels she didn't even love him. But she did she just also didn't see the point in carrying on with someone she doesn't know.Then the last verse is just about him now knowing for sure that 'it's over'. He's looking into her eyes and he knows she doesn't know him and he doesn't know her. And the memories they've had are showing him something wasn't quite right. My favourite song. I thank Jeff for it because it got me through a hard time.
    EvaisLittleWingon June 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"This is our last goodbye, I hate to feel the love between us die but its over, Just hear this and then Ill go, You gave me more to live for...more then youll ever know"

    I feel it refers to a Man who is clearly in love with a woman yet the man breaks things off with her because he feels that he disapointed her or that he isnt good enough for her and wont be able to satisfy her needs. He breaks things off so she can get the things that she deserves and even though he broke up with her, He will continue to charish the memories they created together

    "This is our last embrace, Must I dream and always see your face?, Why cant we overcome this and more?, Baby maybe its because you didnt know me at all"

    The man is tormented by his former love, He cant stop thinking about her now that its all over between the two of them. He questions himself as to why they cant overcome their problems and he tries to blame it on her, Thinking that its their fault that they cant have the relationship that he always wanted.

    "Kiss me..Please kiss me, Kiss me out of desire babe not consolation, Oh you know it makes me so angry because you know that in time I will only make you cry, This is our last goodbye"

    He begs her to kiss him in hopes of re-kindling their lost love. He relizes his mistake for breaking things apart and that it was him that ruined it all. He begs her to kiss him out of love and not because he asked her too. Eventually he relizes that what he is doing is stopping her from living a happy life and that he will only bring her down with him. He relizes that its finally over between them and he leaves.

    "Did you say No this cant happen to me, Did you rush to the phone to call, Was there a voice unkind in the back of your mind saying Maybe you didnt know him at all"

    This is from the woman's perspective and how she regrets them ending their relationship as well. Her love for him makes her want to go back to him but eventually she relizes that he was right, That they were better off apart even if it pains them to do so.

    "Well the bells out in church tower chime, Burning clues into this heart of mine, Thinking so hard on her soft eyes and the memories offer signs that its over...its over"

    Returning to the man's POV - He hears the wedding bells go off and it strikes him hard in his heart. He thinks about her and all the memories they had together and finally he relizes that its all over between them
    asylumspadezon November 01, 2011   Link

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