Song Lyric Sunday – 25 April 2021 – Goodbye

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week we should aim for a song that contains one of the following Arrivederci, Bon-voyage, Ciao, Farewell, Goodbye, Hasta la vista, Sayonara, Shalom

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

This week I’m taking you back to 1969 when Mary Hopkin gave me a present, for my 21st birthday, in the form of her second single “Goodbye”.

The song was written by Paul McCartney. For the recording, Mary Hopkin sang and performed acoustic guitar, while McCartney played bass guitar, an acoustic guitar introduction and solo, along with lap-slapping percussion and drums. Backing vocals, horns and strings, in Hewson’s arrangement, were overdubbed. The session was filmed by Apple’s Tony Bramwell for a promotional clip. In the footage, Hopkin can be seen miming to the song inside the studio, combined with shots of her and McCartney in the control room listening to a playback. I love the shots of the backing singers who are obviously having the time of their lives with their moment of fame!

To assist Hopkin in learning the song, McCartney recorded a solo demo at his home, 7 Cavendish Road, London, in February 1969. The song was arranged by Richard Hewson, who had also orchestrated “Those Were the Days,” and produced, along with its flip side, “Sparrow”, by Paul McCartney on 1 March 1969 at Morgan Studios in Willesden. To better match Hopkin’s voice, the key was raised from C major to E major. The recording was Apple’s first official double-A-side, and the first Apple record to feature a full-fledged picture sleeve. 

Paul McCartney’s demo of ‘Goodbye’ was released in 2019 on the Abbey Road 50th anniversary super deluxe box set.


Mary Hopkin

Please don’t wake me up too late 

Tomorrow comes and I will not be late 

Late, today when it becomes tomorrow 

I will leave to go away 

Goodbye (Goodbye) 

Goodbye (Goodbye) 

Goodbye, goodbye My love, goodbye 

Songs that lingered on my lips 

Excite me now and linger on my mind 

Leave your flowers at my door 

I’ll leave them for the one who waits behind 

Far away my lover sings a lonely song 

And calls me to his side 

When a song of lonely love invites me on 

I must go to his side 

Goodbye (Goodbye) 

Goodbye (Goodbye) 

Goodbye, goodbye My love, goodbye 

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Paul McCartney

Goodbye lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

..and here are 2 versions of the home demo by Paul McCartney:

29 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 25 April 2021 – Goodbye

  1. Mary Hopkin is new to me but I did read that she was married to Tony Visconti. I love this happy parting song Peter, thanks for sharing it. I also read that Mary performed with Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Osibisa, The Strawbs, Thin Lizzy, and others.

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  2. I love Mary Hopkin and have not thought of her for years. What a lovely choice of a song for today, Peter. Thank you for adding this song to the jukebox in my head. So nice to hear again.

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  3. Pat Richmond

    Hi a nice read, and I think you did your research well – I would like to leave this thought with you, when you say Mary ‘mimed’ along to this film, I am pretty sure she didn’t I truly believe that the original recoding would have had Mary singing live! (Apple may have overdubbed the film for release with her studio recording)

    Why, if you watch carefully in the last verse when she should be singing “When the song of lonely love invites me on” She is actually mouthing “song of lonely drums” which were Paul’s original lyrics…. Exciting thing is for me, could there be an alternate version out ‘there’ somewhere…. Also Mary is still recording.

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    1. The “miming” comment was from Wikipedia information, based on The Beatles Bible from 1969 diaries. Normally reliable.

      As to the last verse – it doesn’t actually appear in the video I posted so I cannot try out my lip reading!


      1. Pat Richmond

        I didn’t watch the video, I see it’s been doctored from the original, this film of Mary walking her dog is from a year later 1970 – Anyway here is one that was posted 12 years ago and is mostly in it’s entirety…

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  4. From the first time I heard her voice I loved it! A beautiful gal with a beautiful voice!!! 🙂
    All 3 of these vids/versions are great! 🙂
    Thank you for the history you share about the song and singer. It is always interesting.
    Thank you, Peter! Listening to these vids brought smiles! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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