"Kayleigh" as written by Derek William Dick, Mark Kelly, Ian Mosley, Steve Rothery and Pete Trewavas....
Do you remember chalk hearts melting on a playground wall
Do you remember dawn escapes from moon washed college halls
Do you remember the cherry blossom in the market square
Do you remember I thought it was confetti in our hair

By the way didn't I break your heart?
Please excuse me, I never meant to break your heart
So sorry, I never meant to break your heart
But you broke mine

Kayleigh is it too late to say I'm sorry?
And Kayleigh could we get it together again?
I just can't go on pretending that it came to a natural end

Kayleigh, oh I never thought I'd miss you
And Kayleigh I thought that we'd always be friends
We said our love would last forever
So how did it come to this bitter end?

Oh, yeah

Do you remember barefoot on the lawn with shooting stars
Do you remember loving on the floor in Belsize park
Do you remember dancing in stilettos in the snow
Do you remember you never understood I had to go

By the way, didn't I break your heart?
Please excuse me, I never meant to break your heart
So sorry, I never meant to break your heart
But you broke mine

Kayleigh I just wanna say I'm sorry
But Kayleigh I'm too scared to pick up the phone
To hear you've found another lover
To patch up our broken home

Kayleigh I'm still trying to write that love song
Kayleigh it's more important to me now you're gone
Maybe it will prove that we were right
Or ever prove that I was wrong


Lyrics submitted by Idan

"Kayleigh" as written by Mark Kelly Derek William Dick

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +3
    General CommentA great song. Powerful vocals giving the listener an insight into what Fish was feeling throughout the time after the breakup with his girlfriend.
    Also features some fantastic rhythm work and a beautiful guitar solo in the middle from Steve Rothery.
    Hunter_14180on March 13, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti was not named after this song.

    i'm a dude.

    but i'll probably name my daughter after this song. when i make one
    xthompsonon September 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the highest ever charting Marillion song reaching #2 in the United Kingdom behind charity fundraiser "You'll Never Walk Alone" by the Crowd.

    Although i dont like Pop Rock ballads especially if they are done by a band like Marillion which used to be more into Prog Rock in the early 80's but this seems to be one of their best short songs in the Fish era.

    My brother is crazy about this song and especially the solo!!!.
    MMM88on December 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song ComparisonThis is an excellent song and I just wanted to point out a really creative, and potentially under recognised use of this song in Episode 4-series 2 of ‘Peter Kay’s Car Share’, a UK comedy TV series featuring supermarket assistant manager John Redmond (Peter Kay) and promotions rep Kayleigh Kitson (Sian Gibson) (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…).

    In addition to depicting the hilarious, on-off, often frustrating relationship between John and Kayleigh ‘Peter Kay’s Car Share’ has been an opportunity for Peter Kay to show us his superb musical knowledge through ‘Forever FM’ but this little gem really stands out as they appear to have built an entire multi-series production in part around this singular song. Even the fact that the spelling of ‘Kayleigh’ is the same in car share given the multiple possible ways of spelling this name (e.g. Kaylee, Kayleigh, Kailey, Kaylie, Cayley etc.) implies that they have decided to shape this production using ‘Kayleigh’ by Marillion.

    In the apparent final episode (mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/…) on the way home from work, Kayleigh asks John about their relationship, but he tries to ignore the question and will not declare his true feelings. Kayleigh declares her love to John then leaves the car just before hearing Kayleigh by Marillion on ‘Forever FM’, as requested by John. John chases Kayleigh down the street jumping over vehicles before declaring his love. However, the latter turns out to be just a dream and viewers are left feeling heartbroken after two series of in suspense hoping the couple would get together at the end.

    So many of the lyrics in the song and the interpretations of these here on Songmeanings so perfectly describe the relationship between John and Kayleigh that has developed through ‘Peter Kay’s Car Share’ but in particular the following really stands out:

    ‘Kayleigh is it too late to say I'm sorry?
    And Kayleigh could we get it together again?
    I just can't go on pretending that it came to a natural end
    Kayleigh, oh I never thought I'd miss you
    And Kayleigh I thought that we'd always be friends
    We said our love would last forever
    So how did it come to this bitter end?’

    So I hope you all go away and watch ‘Peter Kay’s Car Share’ to, if nothing else, enjoy a musically inspired theme throughout, culminating after 2 series in ‘Kayleigh’ by Marillion which I believe played a pivotal role in inspiring the production.
    Alpeace89on May 17, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the song Fish wrote about his breakup with his girlfriend at the time. His girlfriend's name was Kay Lee so he called the song "Kayleigh" so as not to point fingers at her...clever don't you think, hehe. I wonder how the band members knew instantly the song was about her in particular, hmm...This was also Marillions main hit song next to Lavendar (which was a minor hit).
    foreverafternoonon August 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe album "Misplaced Childhood" is one of my favourite from Marillion. I believe Fish had the idea for this album while on acid.
    phraseron November 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentabout kay a girlfriend of fish's. one he is meant to have really regreted losing.
    2stepson December 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is just "The Shit" This song brings back so many memories for me I love it. And it reminds me of my first love who played a guitar and sang it. I was much younger than him. And I guess age and maturity was a issue for him, but when I hear this song all I can do is think about what could have been.
    gfo69on February 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy mom named me after this song its a rele depressing one i hate my name, its an ok song tho
    wildbabeon March 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha! i was named after this song too. how odd.
    such_detailson June 08, 2006   Link

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