I Guess This Is Goodbye
Cole Thompson Lyrics


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I guess this is goodbye, old pal
You've been a perfect friend
I hate to see us part, old pal
Someday I'll buy you back
I'll see you soon again
I hope that when I do
It won't be on a plate
Take the cow and go home
I was trying to be helpful
Magic beans, we've no reason to believe they're magic
Are we going to dispel this curse through deceit?

No one would have given him more for that creature
We did him a favor
Least now they'll have some food





Five beans

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Cole Thompson's "I Guess This is Goodbye" are a testament to the bond formed between two friends, and the heartache caused by their eventual separation. In the first four lines, the singer bids farewell to his old friend, acknowledging how perfect a companion he's been. Nonetheless, he expresses sadness at having to part ways with his old friend, but promises to buy him back someday. The line "I'll see you soon again," hints at a possible reunion, which is perhaps bittersweet considering the fact that the friends have to part ways in the first place.


The second half of the verse introduces a narrative that follows two friends embarking on a journey with seemingly different goals. The singer expresses regret over advising his friend to "take the cow and go home," probably implying that the advice he offered was not wise or useful. It then proceeds to reference "magic beans," with the line "we've no reason to believe they're magic." This could be interpreted literally, but the reference might be more symbolic in meaning. The line "Are we going to dispel this curse through deceit?" suggests a moral dilemma suffered by the singer and perhaps his friend as they try to navigate the challenges of the journey they're on.


Line by Line Meaning

I guess this is goodbye, old pal
Acknowledging the end of a friendship


You've been a perfect friend
Reflecting on the positive qualities of the friendship


I hate to see us part, old pal
Expressing sadness over the impending end of the friendship


Someday I'll buy you back
Hoping to regain something lost through separation


I'll see you soon again
Anticipating future reunions


I hope that when I do
Expressing concern for the future


It won't be on a plate
Wishing for something to not be destroyed or consumed


Take the cow and go home
Advising someone to leave and avoid further harm


I was trying to be helpful
Defending one's intentions and actions


Magic beans, we've no reason to believe they're magic
Expressing skepticism towards something that seems unlikely or impossible


Are we going to dispel this curse through deceit?
Questioning the ethics of a proposed solution to a problem


No one would have given him more for that creature
Justifying a decision based on available options


We did him a favor
Acknowledging an act of kindness towards another


Least now they'll have some food
Finding a positive outcome in a difficult situation


Five beans
A simple, incomplete statement with no real significance




Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Stephen Sondheim

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