How Do I Say Goodbye
Dean Lewis Lyrics


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Early morning there's a message on my phone
It's my mother saying, "Darling, please come home"
I fear the worst, but how could you leave us all behind?
There's so much to say but there's so little time

So how do I say goodbye
To someone who's been with me for my whole damn life?
You gave me my name and the color of your eyes
I see your face when I look at mine
So how do I, how do I, how do I say goodbye?

When I couldn't, you always saw the best in me
Right or wrong, you were always on my side
But I'm scared of what life without you's like
And I saw the way she looked into your eyes
And I promise if you go, I will make sure she's alright

So how do I say goodbye
To someone who's been with me for my whole damn life?
You gave me my name and the color of your eyes
I see your face when I look at mine
So how do I, how do I, how do I say goodbye?

And there's no way you could ever let me down
Gonna steal some time and start again
You'll always be my closest friend
And someday we are gonna make it out
Just hold the light, just hold the light

So how do I say goodbye
To someone who's been with me for my whole damn life?
You gave me my name and the color of your eyes
I see your face when I look at mine




So how do I, how do I, how do I say goodbye?
So how do I, how do I, how do I say goodbye?

Overall Meaning

Dean Lewis's song "How Do I Say Goodbye" is a deeply emotional track reflecting on the impending loss of a loved one. The lyrics describe receiving a message from the singer's mother saying that they should come home, leaving the singer fearing the worst – that they are about to lose someone close to them. This person has been an integral part of the singer's life for their entire existence and was always there supporting them no matter what. The song goes back and forth between describing the intense love and connection shared by the singer and the person they are about to lose, and the overwhelming sadness and fear the singer feels at the thought of life without them. Despite the difficult weight of loss that permeates the track, there is also a glimmer of hope, as the singer vows to keep their loved one's memory and spirit alive and eventually make it through the pain.


The song is ultimately a testament to the power of love, the strength of family ties, and the bittersweet nature of growing up and letting go. It grapples with the universal struggle of how to say goodbye to someone you love and who has been such an essential part of your life.


Line by Line Meaning

Early morning there's a message on my phone
I received a message from my mother early in the morning


It's my mother saying, "Darling, please come home"
My mother's message said that she wants me to come home


I fear the worst, but how could you leave us all behind?
I'm afraid something terrible happened, but I can't understand why you would leave us


There's so much to say but there's so little time
We have a lot to talk about, but there isn't much time


When I couldn't, you always saw the best in me
You always believed in me even when I didn't believe in myself


Right or wrong, you were always on my side
No matter what, you supported me and had my back


But I'm scared of what life without you's like
I'm afraid of how I'll manage without you in my life


And I saw the way she looked into your eyes
I noticed how much someone else cares about you


And I promise if you go, I will make sure she's alright
If something happens to you, I promise to take care of the person who cares about you


And there's no way you could ever let me down
I know you will never disappoint me


Gonna steal some time and start again
I'm going to find a way to make more time for us and start fresh


You'll always be my closest friend
You will always be my best friend


And someday we are gonna make it out
One day, we will overcome our struggles and succeed


Just hold the light, just hold the light
Keep hope alive and stay positive


So how do I say goodbye To someone who's been with me for my whole damn life? You gave me my name and the color of your eyes I see your face when I look at mine So how do I, how do I, how do I say goodbye?
I don't know how to say goodbye to someone who has been such an important part of my life. You shaped who I am and I see myself in you. How can I possibly say goodbye?




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Dean Lewis, Jon Hume

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Comments from YouTube:

@DeanLewis

guys i wrote this song about my dad... I absolutely love reading all your stories in the comments TY SO much for sharing!!

@beccanichols1102

proud of you <3

@elissathedinonuggie8207

🧡🧡

@asarephenom6475

Daddy gonna be proud 🥹 🧡🧡🧡

@SVoided

Dean thank you so much for releasing this song it means the world to know that so many people do through this 🧡🧡

@pghprincess76

I love this so much and yes, I teared up. My dad passed unexpectedly 10 yrs ago and I'll never forget that call when someone went to his house and found him he had just turned 61! He was always there for me, never put me down ot anything and I have felt so lost without him in this world. I have kids that miss him just as much. He'll live in my heart forever until we meet again

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@jacobschopf1346

As a dad that was diagnosised with cancer this hits home to me. My son is 8 years old and I will have him hear this before I go. Hopefully I have a lot longer left to teach him how to be the man I want him to be. I just hope I can make it to walk my daughter down the aisle when she gets married. Going to fight this thing until the very end.

@jonwat4346

i be praying, hang in there your honesty your heart is going to be remembered

@eireannemerald1382

God bless you and keep you STRONG. I know your family and friends are covering you in love and prayer! I am so sorry for what you’re going through.

@PrimeTime37

Stay strong! All the best wishes for you and lets go for those amazing goals!

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