Alternative / Rock
Goodbye Songs

Song List

Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley
Alternative rock ballad with soaring vocals.

Just Breathe by Pearl Jam
Comforting folk rock song.

Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) - Green Day
Reflective rock/pop ballad.

Ramble on - Led Zeppelin
70’s rock song with typical Led Zeppelin sound.

Closing Time - Semisonic
90’s rock/pop song.

No Cars Go - Arcade Fire
Indie Alternative Pop song about everyone reaching freedom.

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Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley

Beautiful song performed by a truly talented musician, who unfortunately died too young. The depth passion in this song makes it so popular.

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Just Breathe by Pearl Jam

This is lovely contemplative folk rock song. The lyrics may seem about someone's goodbye before they die, however it can strike a chord with anyone who will find a loved one leaving to be devastating. A comforting song.

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Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
- Green Day

This acoustic rock ballad, with contemplative lyrics, was originally written as a break-up song, but was famously used in the last Seinfeld episode in 1998. The lyrics are not specific to a romantic break-up, and can perfectly capture the feel of a bittersweet end of a journey.

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Ramble On by Led Zeppelin

Typical Led Zeppelin 60's rock sound.
This song was influenced by the book The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
The song is not so much a farewell or goodbye, but has a 'thanks for the wine, I'm off now' feel:
"Leaves are fallin' all around, time I was on my way
Thanks to you, I'm much obliged for such a pleasant stay
But now it's time for me to go, the autumn moon lights my way
Got no time to for spreadin roots,
The time has come to be gone."

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Closing Time by Semisonic

Rock ballad with mid-tempo piano intro. Starts similar to Green Day "Good Riddance" with more energetic heavy guitar sounds for most of the song.
Accepting the paths that life takes us on - that leaving is a fact of life:
"Closing time,
Open all the doors and let you out into the world."

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No Cars Go - Arcade Fire

This indie rock song lends itself to several interpretations, however the lyrics indicate escape and joy, a feeling like walking alone on a silent winter night.
Others have described the song as transcendent and about escaping into imagination or wonderland:
"Between the click of the light and the start of the dream...let's go!"

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