"Goodbye Girl" as written by Glenn Martin Tilbrook and Christopher Henry Difford....
I met her in a poolroom
Her name I didn't catch
She looks like something special
The kind who'd understand
The room was almost spinning
She pulled another smile
She had the grace like pleasure
She had a certain style

Sunlight on the lino
Woke me with a shake
I looked around to find her but she'd gone
Goodbye girl
Goodbye girl
Goodbye girl

She took me to a motel
A room on the second floor
A kettle and two coffees
A number on the door
She said I hardly know you
Agreed we kissed goodnight
I knew that in the morning
Somehow I'd wake to find

Sunlight on the lino
Wakening me with a shake
I looked around to find her but she'd gone
Goodbye girl
Goodbye girl
Goodbye girl

I lost my silver bracelet
My clubroom locker keys
The money in the billfold
It doesn't bother me
My wife has moved to Boston
So mud is not the word
If you ever see her
Say hello goodbye girl

Sunlight on the lino
Woke me with a shake
I looked around to find her but she'd gone
Goodbye girl
Goodbye girl
Goodbye girl
Goodbye girl
Goodbye girl
Goodbye girl
Goodbye girl


Lyrics submitted by Achterbahnen2, edited by DavidPintilie

"Goodbye Girl" as written by Glenn Martin Tilbrook Christopher Henry Difford

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  • +2
    General CommentIt is really gutwrenching if you think about it, he wanted something more and she did the disappearing act, Im a huge Squeeze fan, I was made up when Tilbrook himself read my prose on myspace page and told me I could very well write a Squeeze song! Now that was a moment!
    TheBowieFollieson February 20, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationFirst two verses suggest masturbation. Fantasising in the morning about girls he saw but may not even have spoken to last night. So 'waking with a shake'. Then after the fantasy, back to reality. The same sunlight shining on the same lino, so actually still back home and still alone in his cheap flat.

    Last verse ruins that theory though.
    Macanoneon January 02, 2018   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningShe is a criminal who steals from guys who think they're picking her up for a one-night stand. ("I lost my silver bracelet / My clubroom locker keys / The money in the billfold . . . .") He though he was going to sleep with her, but she thought he was an easy target because, to him, "The room was almost spinning". There was a Seinfeld eipsode where George met a woman on the subway who did this too him, except that she tied him up, and upon discovering how little cash he had, she stole his clothes out of spite.
    NAwlinsContrarianon May 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLino = linoleum. He is waking up after passing out of the floor with the sunshine on the linoleum hitting his face. His girl is gone becuase he is a lush.
    jschaffon January 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is still about fantasising/masturbation. Couldn't see how to edit contributions here so adding to last week's comment. The final verse actually changes nothing. It is a silver razor, not bracelet (as suggested by the lyrics shown here). The silver razor along with the waistcoat and the clubroom locker keys are all symbols of ostentation, wealth. And all part of his fantasy. It doesn't bother him that he has lost them because he never had them. Just as he has never actually had or lost any of the women as they were all just masturbation fantasies. He wakes with a shake (masturbation) but turns around to find them and they're gone. Jersey, a rich tax haven where his fantasy wife has gone. Then as always, back to reality and back home and back to the cheap lino on his bedroom floor.
    Macanoneon January 08, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I close my eyes and listen to this song I feel like I am little again.
    spanwayhitson January 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know what 'sunlight on the lino' means?
    SANDANon September 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe line that's got me confused is "A kettle and two coffees,
    Her number on the door". Is a kettle and two coffees supposed to be a pictoral representation of what the numbers on the door are, or is it just a curious observation of his that she's alone in the room but keeps two coffee cups there, or is that how much they drank (that's a lot of caffeine!)
    ...or am I just way over-thinking it...?
    jimskiskion December 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHuh, I knew it with "the money in the waistcoat.." and "my wife has moved to Jersey"... guess it got Americanized (although they didn't change "lino").

    Another one of Squeeze's straightforward story songs. Love it.
    AHyacinthGirlon June 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a straightforward story as NAwlinsC says. Just wanted to point out that "Goodbye Girl" is intended three ways:

    * "Goodbye, girl", won't be seeing you again (with regret), and
    * Goodbye Girl, the lady's profession -- she takes men for what they have and bids them goodbye.
    * "Goodbye, girl" again, this time for his wife who has now moved away.


    retrosteveon September 30, 2009   Link

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