Darling Fare Thee Well
Melody Gardot Lyrics


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Oh, my love
What is this bitter taste?
Where is that warm embrace I loved
I thought that I had found?

Oh, my love
What happened to your heart?
Weren't you the one who started up
This fire in my veins?





What of us remains?
What's waiting 'round the bend?

Overall Meaning

In Melody Gardot's song "Darling Fare Thee Well," the lyrics portray a sense of longing and disappointment in a romantic relationship. The singer addresses their beloved, expressing confusion and sadness over the changes that have occurred. The opening line, "Oh, my love, what is this bitter taste?" suggests that something has soured in their relationship, leaving a bitter feeling behind. The singer wonders why the warmth and affection they once cherished have disappeared, leaving them feeling lost and abandoned.


The next lines, "What happened to your heart? Weren't you the one who started up this fire in my veins?" further emphasize the singer's confusion and hurt. They question how their partner's feelings could have changed so drastically when it was initially their partner who ignited their passion and desire. The lyrics convey a sense of betrayal and longing for the love that was once shared.


The final lines, "What of us remains? What's waiting 'round the bend?" reflect the singer's uncertainty about the future of their relationship. They are left wondering if anything can be salvaged and if there is any hope for reconciliation. The lyrics leave the listener with a sense of unresolved questions and the realization that sometimes even the most promising love can fade away.


Line by Line Meaning

Oh, my love
My dear, beloved one


What is this bitter taste?
Why do I feel this unpleasant, sour sensation?


Where is that warm embrace I loved
Where is the affectionate hug that brought me comfort and joy?


I thought that I had found?
I believed I had discovered it and it was within my grasp


Oh, my love
My dear, beloved one


What happened to your heart?
What caused your heart to change or become distant?


Weren't you the one who started up
Weren't you the person who initiated and ignited


This fire in my veins?
This intense passion or fervor within me?


What of us remains?
What is left of our relationship or connection?


What's waiting 'round the bend?
What lies ahead in the future, just out of sight or beyond the current moment?




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