James Blunt: Goodbye My Lover
Presentation Date: Thursday June 8th 
Katie Whiteway ∙ English 10-C
Modern Music as Poetry


Personal Interpretation: Goodbye My Love
Goodbye My Lover Lyrics - James Blunt
Goodbye My Lover: Music Video
James Blunt: Biography
Credited Links






Personal Interpretation of James Blunt: "Goodbye My Lover"

James Blunts lyrical poem “Goodbye my lover” is what I think is James reflecting on loosing the love of his life. Goodbye my lover gives you a sense of his strong emotion, his passion, his pain & his confusion about the failed relationship. The tone set is sad & depressive, the music selection to the lyrical poem does not enhance it at all – it is a simple piano melody softly played in the background.

Referring to Lines 7-8 "It may be over but it won't stop there, I am here for you if you'd only care." makes me believe that the girlfriend has moved on & has no intention of letting the boyfriend back in her life emotionally, where as the boyfriend wants to be apart of her life & care. What also indicates that the boyfriend is still committed to her & wants a future with her is Lines 27-28 "I'd be the father of your child. I'd spend a lifetime with you." I also believe that the boyfriend has optimistic feelings about rekindling the relationship "And I will bear my soul in time, when I'm kneeling at your feet." (Lines 39-40) By that I think it means he will bear his soul when he is proposing?

In Goodbye My Lover he is not just saying goodbye to his lover, but also his friend. Unfortunately in some relationships once it ends often the friendship ends too. I think for this couple they could not be friends because the boyfriend could not let go of the past - if he could not have her as a lover - he could not have her as a friend as well. 

My ipod would tell you that Goodbye my lover is my favorite song, being
overplayed 300+ times. What connects me to this song is my own personal loss, for me it wasn't a psychical loss but an emotional loss. A loss to a person that at one time in my life I let extremely close. A person who I have an undying & unconditional love for. But undying & unconditional love aside we might not have sang our goodbyes but we are certainly dancing around them. We are lost in distance - we are lost in our past, we are now complete strangers. In Goodbye my lover I find myself in relations to the writer, being the one that has not moved on completely – still confused about the loss, being the one that is left caring, having my goals &life change because of this one person and then having the relationship give out – but not seeing the warnings because “love is blind.”

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Goodbye My Lover Lyrics - James Blunt

Did I disappoint you or let you down?
Should I be feeling guilty or let the judges frown?
'Cause I
saw the end before we'd begun, - Paradox
Yes I saw you were blinded and I knew I had won.
So I took what's mine by eternal right.
Took your soul out into the night.
It may be over but it won't stop there,
I am here for you if you'd only care.
You touched my heart you touched my soul.
You changed my life and all my goals.
And
love is blind and that I knew when, - Personification
My heart was blinded by you.
I've kissed your lips and held your head.
Shared your dreams and shared your bed.
I know you well, I know your smell.
I've been addicted to you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

I am a dreamer but when I wake,
You can't break my spirit - it's my dreams you take.
And as you move on, remember me,
Remember us and all we used to be
I've seen you cry, I've seen you smile.
I've watched you sleeping for a while.
I'd be the father of your child.
I'd spend a lifetime with you.
I know your fears and you know mine.
We've had our doubts but now we're fine,
And I love you, I swear that's true.
I cannot live without you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.

And I still hold your hand in mine.
In mine when I'm asleep.
And I will bear my soul in time,
When I'm kneeling at your feet.
Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.
You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.
I'm so hollow, baby, I'm so hollow.
I'm so, I'm so, I'm so hollow.


June 2006©
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