Goodbye Head
Trey Anastasio Lyrics


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Goodbye head, goodbye knees
Goodbye, all you see there
Don't you know the stars in the sky
Might not even still be there?

'Cause it takes a thousand years
For the light to reach your eyes
From way up there in the big blue sky

Goodbye hands, goodbye feet
Goodbye, all I depend on
Goodbye stuff, goodbye things
This is what I'll end on

'Cause it takes a thousand years
For the sound to reach your ears
From away up there in the big blue sky
In the big blue sky
In the big blue sky

In the big blue sky
In the big blue sky
In the big blue sky

'Cause it takes a thousand years
For the sound to reach your ears
From away up there in the big blue sky




In the big blue sky
In the big blue sky

Overall Meaning

In Trey Anastasio's song Goodbye Head, the lyrics express a notion of mortality and the impermanence of life. The repetition of "goodbye" contributes to the feeling of farewell to various body parts, possessions, and even the stars. The passage of time is also a prevalent theme, as the lyrics describe how it takes a thousand years for light and sound to travel through the vastness of space.


The opening stanza is a direct reference to the body, specifically the head and knees. The song continues by bidding goodbye to everything that defines the singer's existence - hands, feet, possessions, and all that they depend on. This sense of finality is reiterated by the repetition of "goodbye stuff, goodbye things," which emphasizes the transient nature of material goods.


The song's final verse reminds the listener that even the stars, which seem eternal, may no longer exist by the time their light reaches our eyes. This line emphasizes the vastness of the universe and how minuscule and transient human existence appears in comparison.


Overall, Goodbye Head is a contemplative song that urges the listener to reflect on the fleeting nature of life and the inevitability of death.


Line by Line Meaning

Goodbye head, goodbye knees
Farewell to the physical manifestations of my being


Goodbye, all you see there
Saying goodbye to everything that appears before me


Don't you know the stars in the sky Might not even still be there?
The celestial bodies we see may have already disappeared, a reminder of the vastness of space


'Cause it takes a thousand years For the light to reach your eyes From way up there in the big blue sky
Light travels great distances and takes many years to reach our eyes, even from the vastness of space


Goodbye hands, goodbye feet
Saying farewell to the appendages that allow me to interact with the world


Goodbye, all I depend on
I'm letting go of all the things I rely on to get through life


Goodbye stuff, goodbye things This is what I'll end on
I'm ending my goodbye with a final farewell to all material possessions


'Cause it takes a thousand years For the sound to reach your ears From away up there in the big blue sky
Even sound is unable to travel on the scale of the universe as it takes a great deal of time to reach our ears


In the big blue sky
The vastness of the clear sky where celestial bodies and soundwaves traverse great distances




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