Goodbye Little Darlin'
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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Goodbye little darlin', we're parted
Parting don't always mean goodbye
Although we had to part you're always in my heart
Goodbye little darlin', goodbye

Goodbye little darlin', I'll miss you
Miss you like the stars would miss the sky
I hate to see you go, I'm gonna miss you
So goodbye little darlin', goodbye

Goodbye little darlin', I love you
I'll love you until the day I die




Will you dream a dream of me wherever you may be
Goodbye little darlin', goodbye

Overall Meaning

In the song "Goodbye Little Darlin'," Johnny Cash sings a poignant goodbye to his love interest. The first verse indicates that they are separated, but this does not mean that they have to completely say goodbye. He notes that she will always be in his heart, and the use of the word "little" could be read as an endearing term for his love. In the second verse, he acknowledges how much he will miss her and compares it to the impossibility of stars missing the sky. He hates to see her go and is saying goodbye with heavy heart. Finally, in the last verse, he professes his love and promises that he will love her until the day that he dies. He asks her to dream of him no matter where she may be.


These lyrics from Johnny Cash's track "Goodbye Little Darlin'" evoke a mix of sadness and hope; the understanding that separation is inevitable but that love endures. The use of the term "little darlin'" gives the song a personal touch and makes it more intimate, as if the singer is serenading his love while bidding her farewell. Cash's deep, rumbling voice intensifies the emotional impact of the lyrics, matching the song's solemn tone.


Line by Line Meaning

Goodbye little darlin', we're parted
We are parting ways, but that doesn't necessarily mean we are saying goodbye forever.


Parting don't always mean goodbye
Just because we're separating, it doesn't mean we're saying goodbye forever.


Although we had to part you're always in my heart
Even though we're not physically together, you will always hold a special place in my heart.


Goodbye little darlin', goodbye
Even though this goodbye is hard, it's not forever and we'll see each other again.


Goodbye little darlin', I'll miss you
I will deeply miss you and your absence will leave a void in my life.


Miss you like the stars would miss the sky
Your absence will be felt just like the absence of the sky's stars would be noticed by everyone.


I hate to see you go, I'm gonna miss you
I feel sad to see you leave and I know I will miss you deeply.


So goodbye little darlin', goodbye
Even though this goodbye is hard, it's not forever and we'll see each other again.


Goodbye little darlin', I love you
I want you to know that I love you deeply and always will.


I'll love you until the day I die
My love for you is eternal and will never fade, even until the end of my life.


Will you dream a dream of me wherever you may be
I hope you'll always think of me, even when we're apart and in your dreams.


Goodbye little darlin', goodbye
Even though this goodbye is hard, it's not forever and we'll see each other again.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, CARLIN AMERICA INC
Written by: LARRY, BERNICE SPARKS

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@jordanberkey2956

Too bad not many people know about this song, it's an amazing song.

@ronfowlermusic

yes it is, his catalog is so deep, always some 'new' gem to uncover

@soniacurrie9087

His voice was actually once beautiful.

@lennybuttz2162

My mom had this song on an Original Sun Records 45 and I used to listen to it all the time.

@jamescherry1943

I love every song this man every sang. I played Good little darling today because my wife of 53 years on this Mothers Day she wants out.

@gwensummerfield1408

Such a true legend respect love and blessings always, his legacy lives on 💓🎸🎶🙏🇭🇲

@jesusisreal7398

Your the reason why I love country music rip Johnny cash and June Carter cash I love both of you

@arnoldtrogman

the pure Simplicity of it all lends to the greatness of the sound.. we sure do miss you Johnny Cash

@rosco272002

The man was as great as his music. Thanks Johnny.

@keithoneil6711

Just love this old song beautiful and his voice wow

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