Goodbye My Lover (James Blunt)

Topics: Broken heart, 2006 singles, Love Pages: 2 (788 words) Published: March 26, 2006
Goodbye My Lover'
This song tells a story, in fact the artist, James Blunt, says that it's based on a relationship he was in with an ex-lover. He said that "she meant nothing" to him; but the lyrics and the emotion he sings with begs to differ. It's set up like most songs, using the a-a-b-b rhyme scheme, but the way he personifies things and allows the reader to actually "see" what he's singing about.

It starts off where the couple meets and even though the guy knows that they will go their separate ways before they ever start the relationship ("Cause I saw the end before we'd begun"), but because he couldn't live without her he decided to pursue the relationship anyway. This song is actually more like a flashback; he starts at the end of their relationship with the first two lines then reminisces about how their relationship began in the following four lines. He used figurative language in saying that she "touched" his "heart" and "touched" his "soul", because she didn't do it physically, but through her tenderness and love. A lot artist use figurative language like that when they're writing love songs or ballads. He also uses personification by having both love and his heart be blind. He even sets up the "blind" later on in the song at this time. But this "blind" could be interpreted as him not knowing the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, up and down because he's so infatuated with this mystery lady. This infatuation led to a pretty hot and heavy, yet meaningful relationship according to his lyrics about them kissing, cuddling, sharing "dreams", and sharing "beds". She became a major part of his world; he knew everything about her from the way she looked to the way she smelled.

Then the chorus cues up, in which he's telling his lover goodbye. Their relationship is over now, and he's hurting. She was more than just his lover, she was his friend and she was the "one" for him. The second verse is next, and he says that she took...
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