The Goodbye Song

from by Kathleen Mary Lee

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Inspired by Leonard Cohen's "Ballad of the Absent Mare".


my mouth it is heavy
our words are low
your eyes have gone out of the window
to where mine have been
watching the wind
for longer than you have known

and over the rooftops
high in the air
they'll meet and they'll greet and they'll fall in love there
and us with our bodies
here in this room
beneath all the ceiling and beneath all the gloom

and it is a goodbye sort of a day
the sun is sinking in its slow way
and the night is just waiting
for us to say our goodbyes
in our own little way

and our bodies tried talking but they just can't get by
yours is to bold where mine is too shy
yours is so honest
mine wants to be free
and you want the world
and I want the sea

and it is a nothing sort of a time
us on the floor with our eyes in the sky
and we're never quite touching
never quite not
and it's hard to keep warm
when that's all that you've got

and I've seen the water
it's moving on past
and it doesn't want you
and it doesn't want us
it just wants the sea
the sound of the birds
and all of that stuff
that flees from the earth

so let's take our eyes back from where they lie
high above the rooftops
high in the sky
you'll need yours to find your way off the floor
and I'll need mine to find
my way to the door

and it is a goodbye sort of a day
so take your hands away from your face
and give me your eyes
one last time
I want to see what happens
when I tell them goodbye

and all the while I was waiting softly for you
though I know we're not lonely
what good is that to this mood
nothing's ever any good for this mood


from Nice Kind of Pain, released July 1, 2016
Featuring vocals from Christopher Coleman.
Written by Kathleen Mary Lee.
Produced by Isaac Barter.



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Kathleen Mary Lee Melbourne, Australia

Kathleen Mary Lee is an alternative folk artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her 2016 debut EP “Nice Kind of Pain” received attention and airplay on some of Australia’s top radio stations.
Lee is also the songwriter and front man for Melbourne indie band, “The Beautiful Losers”, who are set to release their first single this September. She is also currently working on her second solo record.
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