Song Lyric Sunday — Hello, Goodbye

The theme Helen chose for today’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt is “goodbye/farewell.” There are quite a few songs that focus on goodbyes and farewells, but the song I chose for this week focuses on both “hello” and “goodbye.”

“Hello, Goodbye” is a song by the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was released as a single in November 1967 on the Capital Records label in the US. It was the Beatles’ first release after the death of their manager, Brian Epstein. The single was commercially successful around the world, topping US charts as well as those in the UK, Canada, Australia, and several other countries.

According to Paul McCartney, “the answer to everything is simple. It’s a song about everything and nothing. If you have black you have to have white. That’s the amazing thing about life.” He added, “It’s such a deep theme in the universe, duality — man-woman, black-white, ebony-ivory, high-low, right-wrong, up-down, hello-goodbye — that it was a very easy song to write.” McCartney also said that, in “Hello, Goodbye,” he was promoting “the more positive side of the duality.”

Here are the lyrics to the song.

You say “Yes,” I say “No”
You say “Stop” and I say “Go, go, go”
Oh no
You say “Goodbye” and I say “Hello, hello, hello”
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye,” I say “Hello, hello, hello”
I don’t know why you say “goodbye,” I say “hello”

I say “High,” you say “Low”
You say “Why?” And I say “I don’t know”
Oh no
You say “Goodbye” and I say “Hello, hello, hello”
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye,” I say “Hello, hello, hello”
(Hello, goodbye, hello, goodbye. Hello, goodbye)
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye,” I say “Hello”

(Hello, goodbye, hello, goodbye. Hello, goodbye Hello, goodbye)
Why, why, why, why, why, why, do you
Say “Goodbye, goodbye, bye, bye”
Oh no
You say “Goodbye” and I say “Hello, hello, hello”
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye,” I say “Hello, hello, hello”
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye,” I say “Hello”

You say “Yes,” I say “No”
(I say “Yes,” but I may mean “No”)
You say “Stop,” I say “Go, go, go”
(I can stay still it’s time to go)
Oh, oh no

You say “Goodbye” and I say “Hello, hello, hello”
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye,” I say “Hello, hello, hello”
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye,” I say “Hello, hello, hello”
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye,” I say “Hello-wow, oh. Hello”
Hela, heba, helloa. Hela, heba, helloa. Hela, heba, helloa.
Hela, heba, helloa. (Hela.) Hela, heba, helloa. Hela, heba, helloa.
Hela, heba, helloa. Hela, heba, helloa. Hela, heba, helloa.

11 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday — Hello, Goodbye

  1. newepicauthor January 28, 2018 / 5:16 am

    Different things are not supposed to coexist, as never the twain shall meet, but the Beatles made this possible in this song.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 28, 2018 / 11:19 am

      I agree. I am a huge Beatles fan.

      Like

  2. ghostmmnc January 28, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    I don’t care how old a Beatles song is, it’s always great! Love it!

    Like

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