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Terry Jacks: Seasons in the Sun Meaning

Song Released: 1974

Seasons in the Sun Lyrics

Goodbye to you, my trusted friend.
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...


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    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.


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    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.


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    Jul 10th, 2005 7:39am report

    This song could possibly be about a man dying slowly. He says goodbye to his best friend, father and daughter. It was originally called "Le Moribond" ("The Dying Man") in french.

    The beach boys recorded it, but never released it because it was too depressing.


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    Sep 14th, 9:38pm report

    Someone knowing that the end is near.Saying goodbye to the people that he loved.


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    Aug 13th, 2016 8:44pm report

    it is a good song it is not a suicide letter it is about his best friend and about who he loved before he died even though he did not die because he is 72 and he lives in Canada


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    May 18th, 2016 5:30pm report

    I learned a while ago that this song was to represent a boy (young man) who was going off to Vietnam. Not a suicide note or a man in prison. It was to say good-bye to those who meant something to him throughout life because he knew he was going off to die.


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    Mar 25th, 2016 3:50pm report

    I know the Jacques Brel song. It is a list of his grievances against the people mentioned. It has nothing like the meaning Terry Jacks gives it. Look it up.


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    Dec 13th, 2015 12:09pm report

    Definitely reminiscing about the good times.


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    Nov 12th, 2015 11:38am report

    When I 1st heard this song I thought it was about a man in a death row prison cell but later interpreted it to be about a terminally ill person. ♣


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    Dec 14th, 2014 12:59pm report

    I think it's a great song. I used to listen to it over and over on a 45 when I was a little kid. Although I did not understand what it meant I still loved it. But I don't think his friend was a dog a dog can't learn his abcs.( remember learn to love and abcs) I may be wrong. But it's just a song.


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    Nov 5th, 2014 11:56pm report

    This a song about a man on death row reflecting on the highlights and low lights of his life his untracked dreams lost love and how he had disappointed his own father.


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    Sep 1st, 2014 9:58pm report

    I had to take Our Dog Sheba to be put to Sleep due to ill health, She was 17 years old .. Getting into a taxi afterwards the driver put the radio on and This song had just started to play "Goodbye to You My Trusted Friend"... Meant the world to Me x


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    Aug 7th, 2014 8:07pm report

    I remember this song from years back. On Monday we had our dog put down as she was riddled with mass cell tumors and for some strange reason 'Seasons in the sun' popped into my head. Been humming it ever since and somehow it's soothing this incredible heartbreak I'm going through.


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    Jun 3rd, 2014 6:07pm report

    I was about to cry to read the first one.


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    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)

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    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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    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


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    Oct 28th, 2011 10:44am report

    A little part of everybody's life and memories..

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