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Terry Jacks: Seasons in the Sun Meaning

Song Released: 1974

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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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    Dec 12th, 23:47 report

    It seems to me this is a song about youth, 2 young friends who spent a lot of fun times together and his friend died too early. The singer misses his friend. My son tragically died right before he turned 20. His friend misses him. They had so many experiences together way before 9 and 10. Their life started together 3 and 4, and lasted until my Taylor's death, almost 20. "Learned of love and abc's, skinned our hearts and skinned our knees." Sounds like young devastated boys who suffered a bad loss to me.


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    Oct 14th, 10:42pm report

    It's about the first Seder and when Jesus met Pan and together they help mary with he little lamb and also wrot the movie brokeback mountain


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    Aug 4th, 8:29am report

    This song came out in 1974, when I was a second year Med student. I was single, married to my books..but the song absolutely haunted me, for reasons I couldn't fathom. In 2002, my first child, a daughter, took her own life at age 21.She was the subject of the song. "Goodbye Papa please pray for me, I was the black sheep of the family...Too much wine..." our last name is Wool. My daughter was so sweet and loving, but mental illness and drugs changed all that. I am too rooted in science and practicality to believe that I could have known anything about her life 6 years before her birth, but it sure makes me think, and the song still haunts me every time it plays.


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    Apr 6th, 2017 4:36am report

    I was born the year this song was released. Before my mother died she told me a story. A true story. She said that I had a cousin, on my father's side of the family, who was killed not long before I was born. He was attending high school at the time. He was my mother's favourite family member. She said he was always heavily abused by his parents while growing up. He was very polite and respectful. Very talented, and liked art. She said that one day in art class they had to sketch something. So, he looked out the window of the classroom and sketched, in great detail, a very old building that was across the street from the school. He received perfect marks for the sketch. He had sketched it brick by brick, shadowing each detailed part of the building. The next day, while leaving school to go home, he was crossing the street and was struck dead by a speeding vehicle that blew a stoplight. The town was in complete shock at what had happened. It turned out his body was later brought to the exact building he had sketched the day before his death, for it was a funeral home. And this particular song was playing on the radio the very moment my mother received the news that he was dead. After I was born, she had named me after him ... first, middle and last name exactly.


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    Sep 14th, 2016 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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