Terry Jacks: Seasons in the Sun Meaning
Song Released: 1974
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Seasons in the Sun Lyrics
We've known each other since we're nine or ten.
Together we climbed hills or trees.
Learned of love and ABC's,
skinned our hearts and skinned our knees.
Goodbye my friend, it's hard to die,
when all the...
anonymous May 31st, 2013 5:11am report
It is about Loki approaching Ragnarok and knowing his death will come certain.
Goodbye to you my trusted friend(Odin)
we've known each other since we were 9 or 10 (which are both holy numbers in Eddic literature.)
Together we climbed hills and trees
Learned of love and ABC's
Skinned our hearts and skinned are knees
(clear references to Odin's Rune Poem)
Goodbye Papa, please pray for me
I was the black sheep of the family
You tried to teach me right from wrong
Too much wine and too much song
Wonder how I got along
(Odin often had to plea that the other Gods not harm Loki and find ways for Loki to make amends for his actions)
Goodbye Papa, it’s hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky Now that the spring is in the air
Little children everywhere
When you see them I'll be there
(Loki had several children who were considered Giants and were to battle alongside him in Ragnarok)
Goodbye Michelle, my little one(Mich is a Germanic pronunciation for my and Hel was Loki's daughter)
You gave me love and helped me find the sun And every time that I was down
You would always come around
And get my feet back on the ground(Hel was also the Goddess of the Underworld and had the power to bring men back from the dead)
Goodbye Michelle it's hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky Now that the spring is in the air
With the flowers everywhere
I wish that we could both be there(The Eternal Spring is what comes after Ragnarok and is the rebirth of Humanity with the surviving Gods)
anonymous Dec 19th, 2012 12:25pm report
When this song came out, my 9year old cousin died, her name was Michelle and she was the black sheep in her family [onlygirl]. I always think of her.
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anonymous Mar 20th, 2012 3:58am report
its a suicide letter.
he talks about how the stars for which they reached were just starfish on the beach. the vanity of reaching out for dreams and goals. its almost as if he is mocking life and death
anonymous Oct 28th, 2011 10:44am report
A little part of everybody's life and memories..
anonymous Oct 10th, 2011 10:02am report
"The song was based on an original called 'Le moribond' by Jacques Brel it’s a goodbye song about a person who is sure of meeting up with his death soon. He thanks all the people responsible for lovely memories in his life. He first bids goodbye to his friends, the dear friends who he spent most of his life with when he was a kid. He tells them when to remember him. He then sort of apologises and bids farewell to his father.
“Goodbye Michelle my little” could be his loves or wife or daughter and Terry Jacks thanks her for being the light in his life. The lyric points out the key part song to who he is singing to, he describes their names such as “papa”. The song is basically about realizing “dying time is here”.
He is dying and has made his peace by trying to relieve his family and friends of the guilt that they feel by telling his father he did do his best, “you tried to teach me right from wrong”. He’s saying goodbye to his closest friend remembering times they spent.
The chorus part symbolises the different time in his life and “the wine and the song like the seasons have all gone” says that all these phases of life will come to an end with the ultimate end, which is his death. “now that the spring is in the air with the flowers everywhere” is the time when he has to go, but the looking at the stars
Personally for me this song is amazing. It sounds like a man realizing that even with all the wonderful memories, such as family and friends there’s a time when you have to let go. It’s a very touching song its highly recommended to people that experienced loss and death in their lives.
anonymous Jun 26th, 2011 6:33am report
This is a goodbye song about a person who is sure of meeting up with his death soon.
He thanks all the people responsible for lovely memories in his life.
He first bids goodbye to his friends,the dear friends who he spent his majority of lifetime with. He tells them when to remember him .
He then sort of apologises and bids farewell to his father.
And finally,michelle. She could be his loves or wife or daughter. He thanks her for being the light in his life.
The chorus-'seasons in the sun',symbolises the different phases in his life. And 'the wine and the song like the seasons have all gone' says that all these phases of life will come to an end with the ultimate end,which is death.
anonymous Jun 17th, 2011 6:02pm report
You know when someone Close to you passes away and you feel almost Guilty? like you weren't there for them enough? i think the songs is about a man who is dying and has made his peace but he's trying to releave his family and Friends of the Guilt that they feel by telling his father that He did do his best, (you tried to teach me right from wrong)and saying goodbye to his closest friend remembering times they spent then gets to his daughter and is apologetic because he wont be able to be there for her
thats just what i think it means
anonymous Jun 5th, 2011 6:33pm report
Terry Jacks changed the lyrics to this song after his lifelong friend died of cancer. The song was originally about a dying man saying his good-bys, Terry simply made it apply to his friend.
How do I know.......I dated Michelle (good-bye Michelle my little one), she was two when her dad succumbed to cancer.
anonymous May 31st, 2011 5:44pm report
I think this song is about a man who is saying goodbye to either his dog or his best friend, then his father, then his daughter.
It's so sad it makes me wanna cry but it's so pretty that I can't help but listen to it.
anonymous Apr 18th, 2011 4:15pm report
The song is based on a poem about a man waiting to die and telling his loved ones how he feels.
anonymous Feb 18th, 2011 2:47pm report
About a man dying
anonymous Jan 4th, 2010 1:15pm report
My Dad Told Me What I Think Is The True Version... :
3 People, 2 Guys And A Gal Have Been Together Since Ever. They Complete University. 1 of the guys marries the gal. Lets name them a,b and c. a is the first guy, b the second, and c the gal. B marries C. And Some Time Later, The Town's Economy Goes Very Bad. b Leaves The Town For A Job, Leaving a To Care For His Family (His Wife And Kids). a Has An Affair With c. b Comes Back And Kills a. b Is Sentenced To Death By The Law. This Is A Poem/Message He Sent To His Family... So Sad.....
Heard the song as a teen-- loved it but never interpreted the lyrics. Had a few close friends commit suicide and use the lyrics to say goodbye.... best friend, dad and girlfriend. The more and more I listen, I still love it (the song) but it sadly reminds me of those precious tormented friends....
CaptainVegetable Feb 5th, 2009 2:17am report
According to the wikipedia article on Terry Jacks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Jacks):
"The song was based on an original called 'Le moribond' by Jacques Brel with lyrics and melody modified by Jacks in honour of a friend who had died of leukemia."
anonymous Mar 20th, 2007 3:54pm report
I think the song is about a man who is on death row, 'i was the black sheep of the family'
He's saying good bye to family and friends before dying.
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