"So long"/"Farewell"/"Goodbye" songs?
April 30, 2013 6:53 PM   Subscribe

Please recommend songs along the theme of "so long"/"farewell"/"goodbye"/"we'll miss you".

My much-beloved rockstar-of-a-manager is parting ways with our employer and moving on to a new opportunity. (Insert wailing and gnashing of teeth here.) We're having a farewell party this Friday and I've been tasked with coming up with a playlist of songs along the themes of "so long", "farewell", "goodbye", "bon voyage", that kind of thing.

"Hit the road" songs are also welcome, although I think I'll put them in a separate playlist for playing after my manager's manager or other mucky-mucks (who should, by virtue of their position on the org chart, be assumed to have no sense of humor) have left the reception…

I'll be using Spotify for the playlist, but please don't feel constrained by what they have if there's a song you want to suggest. Putting together a hey-let's-wallow-in-sadness YouTube playlist might be another way of getting through these next three days. *grumble*
posted by Lexica to Media & Arts (61 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Whitney Houston: I'll always love you.
posted by Michele in California at 6:56 PM on April 30, 2013

Best answer: So long farewell from sound of music
posted by greta simone at 6:57 PM on April 30, 2013 [3 favorites]

Brother John, unless dead people are off the menu for being farewell-ed to
posted by thelonius at 7:00 PM on April 30, 2013

Sarah MacLachlan's "I Will Remember You"
posted by sweetkid at 7:02 PM on April 30, 2013

Adele, Somebody Like You
posted by loveyallaround at 7:04 PM on April 30, 2013

Time To Say Goodbye: Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
Bye Bye Bye: N*Sync
Goodbye: Spice Girls
Goodbye, Love: RENT
You'll Be In My Heart: Phil Collins
50 Ways to Say Goodbye: Train
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 7:04 PM on April 30, 2013

Vitamin C Graduation Song.
posted by sweetkid at 7:05 PM on April 30, 2013

Best answer: Good Riddance: Green Day
Closing Time: Semisonic
All My Friends: LCD Soundsystem
posted by atlantica at 7:11 PM on April 30, 2013

give me one reason by Tracy Chapman is a pretty kick ass leaving song.
personally, I like something more sad, more lingering.
dream a little dream of me Mama Cass
posted by QueerAngel28 at 7:13 PM on April 30, 2013

Best answer: "Goodbye" by Catherine Wheel
"So Long, it's been good to know you" By Woody Guthrie
posted by backwards guitar at 7:18 PM on April 30, 2013

Best answer: Goodnight sweetheart

Goodnight ladies

I'm checkin out, goombye

Every time we say goodbye

Never can say goodbye

Bye bye blackbird

Please don't go

If you leave me now, you'll take away the biggest part of me
posted by bunderful at 7:20 PM on April 30, 2013

See you later, alligator! (Bill Haley & the Comets)
posted by heyho at 7:22 PM on April 30, 2013

50 ways to leave your lover - Paul Simon

Leavin on a Jet Plane - Peter Paul & Mary

Hello, Goodbye - Beatles

I'll be seeing you
posted by bunderful at 7:24 PM on April 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'm not sure if the tone of either of these songs is appropriate for a managerial farewell party, exactly, but these are the songs I always give to people I love who are moving away or otherwise leaving!
David Mead, "Queensboro Bridge" [lyrics]
Semisonic, "Made to Last" [lyrics]
posted by divined by radio at 7:24 PM on April 30, 2013

Best answer: goodness you have the lyrics backwards in the title of your post easy come easy go George Strait

"...goodbye, farewell, so long..."
posted by txtwinkletoes at 7:26 PM on April 30, 2013

Suburban War by Arcade Fire. Chorus: "All my old friends, they don't know me now".
posted by seemoreglass at 7:30 PM on April 30, 2013

For some reason,long goodbyes in my group of friends usually devolve into the closing theme from The Lawrence Welk Show.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:32 PM on April 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

I just made up a list for a similar thing at my work. My suggestions were all rejected in favor of Sarah MacLachlan though.

who knows where the time goes
goodnight irene
One of these mornings
Streams of Whiskey
Goodbye stranger
posted by interplanetjanet at 7:40 PM on April 30, 2013

I'm just going to assume the "hit the road" is a tacit nod to knowing jack.
Maudlin, and somewhat deathly if the mood isn't right, but the Parting Glass is an old irish tune that I dearly love.
Ed Sheeran can cut that song up good too, but that's an aside.
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:50 PM on April 30, 2013

There's always the WWII classic, "We'll Meet Again"...
posted by ilana at 7:50 PM on April 30, 2013

Fairport Convention - Farewell, Farewell
posted by porn in the woods at 7:54 PM on April 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

Dud and Pete: probably inappropriate in many ways, but the YouTube comments suggest that it's been used at the funerals of people who, frankly, I'd like to have known.
posted by holgate at 7:56 PM on April 30, 2013

The Stones' "Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday"
posted by third rail at 8:01 PM on April 30, 2013

Beatles: Goodbye (not the same as Hello Goodbye)
posted by blob at 8:14 PM on April 30, 2013

Best answer: "Farewell" by Rihanna really captures the vibe of "I know that moving on is the best thing for you, but I don't have to like it."
posted by Rock Steady at 8:22 PM on April 30, 2013

Best answer: Happy Trails
posted by Daily Alice at 8:32 PM on April 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

Do You Realize?? by The Flaming Lips
posted by yaymukund at 8:34 PM on April 30, 2013

Best answer: Goodbye, Goodbye by Danny Elfman / Oingo Boingo.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:00 PM on April 30, 2013

Bon Voyage by Sparks is sung from the perspective of animals that didn't make it onto Noah's ark.

Goodbye by The Universe is about an astronaut leaving the planet.

Wouldn't It Be Nice by The Beach Boys doesn't need an introduction.

Gotta Get Up by Harry Nilsson

There You Go by Johnny Cash
posted by yaymukund at 9:16 PM on April 30, 2013

Little Hat Jones - Bye Bye Baby Blues
posted by hydrophonic at 9:29 PM on April 30, 2013

There's always the WWII classic, "We'll Meet Again yt "...

Johnny Cash's take is also strong.
posted by philip-random at 10:28 PM on April 30, 2013

Sally MacLennanne by the Pogues. Probably a post-muckey-muck song.
posted by ZeroDivides at 11:12 PM on April 30, 2013

Highway Song - Aztec Two-Step (does include an explicit goodbye)
posted by gudrun at 12:01 AM on May 1, 2013

So Long by Abba.
posted by HandfulOfDust at 12:13 AM on May 1, 2013

So Long, Farewell from The Sound of Music
posted by essexjan at 12:17 AM on May 1, 2013

Power of Goodbye by Madonna

posted by like_neon at 1:28 AM on May 1, 2013

Bye Bye Bye - Jellyfish

So there it is
All the truth is on the table
Nothing to forgive
It's ok to start again

Singing bye bye bye...
Well i've come to take you home

posted by prinado at 3:15 AM on May 1, 2013

So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright by Simon and Garfunkel.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 5:51 AM on May 1, 2013

Best answer: Bye Bye Love by the Everly Brothers

The Only Living Boy in New York by Simon & Garfunkel
posted by BurntHombre at 6:36 AM on May 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

"Goodbye" from the Producers soundtrack.
posted by Gungho at 6:45 AM on May 1, 2013

Jack Black's "Goodbye" song (couldn't find a clean copy of the video, but the single is available for download).
posted by jbickers at 7:06 AM on May 1, 2013

So Long, Farewell, from The Sound of Music

Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles.

Bon Voyage from Cole Porter's Anything Goes

See, it was in your question all along.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 7:45 AM on May 1, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Tom Waits - Old shoes (And Picture Postcards) or So Long I'll See ya

posted by edgeways at 8:06 AM on May 1, 2013

Track down the theme to the Carol Burnett show - the lyrics are thus:

"I'm so glad we had this time together,
Just to have a laugh or sing a song,
Seems we just got started when before you know it
Comes the time we have to say 'so long'".
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 8:39 AM on May 1, 2013

See You Later by Elliott Smith
posted by averageamateur at 8:42 AM on May 1, 2013

Best answer: So Long It's Been Good to Know Yuh by Woody Guthrie
posted by goggie at 9:10 AM on May 1, 2013

Best answer: Here are a few suggestions, though I admit they are mostly break up songs rather than sort of filial so long songs:

Dan Bern's Baby Bye Bye. I love Dan Bern. ("You're gone. It's time to fly. And all that's left is the fact we tried. So, thanks for the tunes, and thanks for the time, you're gone now baby, bye bye.")
David Grey's Shine, lovely song whether acoustic or plugged in ("And ours is a road that is strewn with goodbyes, but as it unfolds, as it all unwinds, remember your soul is the one thing you can't compromise. Take my hand, we're gonna go where we can shine.").
Of course there's Dylan's sweet You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go ("You're gonna make me give myself a good talking to!").
Tom Petty has some lovely goodbye songs, many of them off of Wildflowers. Such as, Wildflowers ("You belong somewhere you feel free."), Time to Move On ("It's time to move on, it's time to get going, what lies ahead I have no way of knowing. But under my feet, baby, grass is growing, it's time to move, on time to get going.").
And of course, there's always Semisonic's Closing Time, maybe for the end of the night ("Time for you to go out to the places you will be from . . . Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end").
Good luck!
posted by onlyconnect at 9:17 AM on May 1, 2013

Talk to Ya Later by the Tubes

Some of these Days (You're going to miss me Daddy) by Ethyl Waters.

More as they occur to me.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 10:54 AM on May 1, 2013

Eve 6 - Here's to the Night bwhahahaha!
posted by yeti at 10:56 AM on May 1, 2013

Best answer: "Leave You Behind" - Sleater-Kinney
"Beyond the Blue Horizon" - Lou Christie
"Bye Bye Johnny" - Chuck Berry
"Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)" - Solomon Burke

or maybe...

"Heartbreaker" - Pat Benatar (sounds like that's what your manager is doing :)
posted by stompadour at 12:34 PM on May 1, 2013

Best answer: Temptations - "What's so good about goodbye?" Ignore weird video, link is just for audio. :)
posted by dottiechang at 1:19 PM on May 1, 2013

The Beatles' I'll Follow the Sun.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 3:37 PM on May 1, 2013

End of the Road, Boyz II Men - although that might be a bit romantic for this relationship.

Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again, The Angels - with or without the 'no way, get fucked, fuck off!' audience refrain.
posted by goo at 3:45 PM on May 1, 2013

Macy Gray- I Try
posted by null14 at 4:51 AM on May 2, 2013

If you want to throw in one contrast, there's always "Stay"
posted by bunderful at 12:19 PM on May 5, 2013

Response by poster: The playlist as it wound up:
The Detroit Cobras – Boss Lady
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – So Long Farewell-Goodbye (Live)
The Vandals – So Long, Farewell
Red Sovine – Farewell, So Long, Goodbye
Freddie McKay – So Long, Farewell
Geoff Moore – So Long, Farewell (The Blessing)
Bill Haley & His Comets – Farewell, So Long, Goodbye
Steinar Albrigtsen, Øivind Madsen, Rune Arnesen, Roger Ludvigsen, Per Kolstad, Bjørn Værnes & Jorn Hoel – Good-bye, Farewell, So-long
Mari Isaacs – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell
Green Day – Good Riddance [Time Of Your Life]
Woody Guthrie – So Long, It's Been Good to Know Yuh (Dusty Old Dust)
The Moonglows – Goodnight Sweetheart
Lou Reed – Goodnight Ladies
Jackson 5 – Never Can Say Goodbye
The Everly Brothers – Bye Bye Love
The Cars – Bye Bye Love
Muddy Waters – Baby Please Don't Go
Frank Sinatra – I´ll Be Seeing You
George Strait – Easy Come, Easy Go
Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack
Rihanna – Farewell
Roy Rogers – Happy Trails
Oingo Boingo – Goodbye-Goodbye
Tom Waits – Old Shoes [& Picture Postcards]
Bob Dylan – You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
Tom Petty – Time To Move On
The Commitments – I Can't Stand The Rain
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – What's So Good About Goodbye
Tom Petty – Wildflowers
Pat Benatar – Heartbreaker
Michelle Branch – Goodbye To You
Led Zepagain – Ramble On
Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
Carrie Underwood – Don't Forget To Remember Me
The Commitments – Mr. Pitiful
Trace Adkins – You're Gonna Miss This
Linda Ronstadt – Goodbye My Friend
Randy Newman – You've Got A Friend In Me
Carole King – You've Got A Friend
Ben E King – Stand By Me
Foo Fighters – Times Like These
Niamh Kavanagh – Destination Anywhere
John Hiatt – Have A Little Faith In Me
Willie Nelson – On The Road Again
John Denver – Leaving, On A Jet Plane
Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Sean McConnell – Closing Time
Lyle Lovett – Closing Time
Semisonic – Closing Time
The Pogues – The Sunnyside Of The Street
Many thanks for the suggestions!
posted by Lexica at 2:56 PM on May 5, 2013 [6 favorites]

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