"Long Slow Goodbye" as written by and Josh/castillo Homme....
Where have you gone again my sweet?
Everybody wants to know
Where have you gone again my sweet?
Everybody wants to know
Where you gone?

I'm just a ghost, I'm on your street
Waitin', when you comin' home?
Gone so long
Where you gone?
On a long slow goodbye?
On a long slow goodbye...

In every voice, I hear you speak
Waitin' by the telephone
I close my eyes, I just can't sleep
Roll & tumble all night long
All night long
Where you gone?

I close my eyes, I just can't sleep
Where have you gone again my sweet?

On a long slow goodbye?
On a long slow goodbye...


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"Long Slow Goodbye" as written by Joey Castillo Josh Homme

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  • +5
    Song MeaningIs this song not written by alain johannes about the pain he felt about the fact natasha schneider (his wife and multi instrumentalist on lullbaies to paralyze and tours)about her diagnosis with cancer and in the end her sad passing away or her "long slow goodbye" rip natasha love qotsa.
    Forage17on January 23, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentSounds pretty obvious to me, but i think its about a guy who is kind of left by some girl and hes just expecting to get some response back from her, but shes not calling; shes completely forgotten about him?
    Zeppelinswimmeron March 31, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentHas anyone ever noticed this music slightly sounds like a slowed down 'go with the flow'? with a few differences? Me and my friends noticed this once and since the horns at the end 'connect' it to Songs for the deaf, I'd go as far as saying this song is the aftermath of the relationship described on 'go with the flow'.

    just speculation though, love it :)
    Cisquoon October 17, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentjust an idea:

    Alzheimer's disease. They nickname it "The long goodbye", and certain lyrics in the song have a slight connection to the effects Alzheimer's has eg
    "Waiting, when you coming home?"
    "Waiting by the telephone"

    If anyones ever known someone with Alzheimer's, you would probably see the connection. So maybe someone in the band knew someone who had it?
    (ps, N0 C0DE you're right, Lanegan did co-write it)
    s_c_h_i_s_mon April 10, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI just have to comment on what messiah4theanimals was saying. I think that the songs at the end that worked to draw it out were actually the last songs. The last ones were the odd ones. Self Titled had "I Was A Teenage Hand Model" with the weird beeps and stuff at the end with the message from Nick. R had "I Think I Lost..." and SFTD had "Mosquito Song" They were the odd ones out that really made the album stand out.
    QOTSAEnthusiaston August 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's so typical of queens to have a track like this to end the album, something on the end to draw it out, in this case horns.

    for the first album it was you can't quit me baby, rated had i think i lost my headache (also horns) and sftd had a song for the deaf...if that makes any sense.
    messiah4theanimalson May 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't have the booklet in front of me, and it may not even say it in there, but this song REEKS of Mark Lanegan.......

    It has Him written all over it.... that's not a bad thing Either... Mark is amazing...This song is amazing too...
    N0 C0DE 79on December 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFollowup to the last comments ...
    Mark Lanegan is, as we all know, blues-informed, and this is very audible on this track. Total blues all the way, straight up; the feel, the chords, the progression. And ofc. the lyrics(!) bear unmistakeable blues imagery ("Roll & tumble all night long" etc.)
    Love this stuff!
    voltaboltaon July 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment@schism: I like that interpretation. And one could think in this context of any deadly sickness a beloved persons suffers from.
    But however, if this song is about a lost love or dying people it is sad anyway. And as I am a girl, I looove sad songs.
    Lady Godivaon August 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that its a father, that waits for his Daughter to come back from somewhere, and it is already late in the night, or maybe even a few days since she disapered; and he is worry about her.
    denisgur1on May 28, 2013   Link

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