There's a song I heard in a music store several years ago (between 2005-2011 I think) for which the lyrics are just the word "Goodbye" over and over, but it is said with more and more emotion as the song goes on.

It is sung by a male singer.

It's pretty funny! But I think it was meant to be taken seriously. I don't even remember the instrumentation. Does anyone have any ideas for possible songs it could be? Thank you!

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    InverseTelecine- I think I am also searching for this song! It was in a mixed cd that I lost in a move last year. I can't remember much about the song except that it was beautiful, mournful, and made me cry the first time I listened. Have you found the song? I am going crazy trying to figure this out! It's been over a year now that I've been searching! Please let me know! Thanks, Sarah
    – Sarah
    Aug 27, 2017 at 17:17
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    Sarah, OP found and accepted the correct answer. Please check it ;-) good luck.
    – Bebs
    Aug 28, 2017 at 7:28
  • @Sarah Honestly I'd like a second opinion! Which do you think it is, or is it none of those in the accepted answer? Just curious. Thanks! Aug 28, 2017 at 23:22

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I think it's a song by 30 Seconds to Mars titled "A Modern Myth"


  • Oh my gosh I think that's it! I counted 18 iterations of "goodbye" which isn't as many as I remembered, but the increasing, over-the-top, emotion in the delivery is definitely what I was looking for! Thank you so much! Sep 9, 2017 at 20:24
  • My pleasure! A few years ago I lost my playlist that had this song on it. I couldn't remember the name of it. It took me forever to find and when I did a search for the song this website came up with your question. It was not easy to find, but I am glad I did. It is one of the more memorable songs because of the emotion that comes across from one repeated word.
    – JohnnyB3
    Sep 11, 2017 at 14:12

This is close in the lyrics, but the delivery does not match what you have described.


Billy Bragg's "Goodbye Goodbye" sounds more like the sort of performance you described, but it's only the last chorus that says "goodbye" 9 times in a row.


Mr. Ray, by Suicide, could be it but again it only states "goodbye" 13 times at the end. And it's just a bunch of electronica.


Goodbye, by Audio Adrenaline, has a bridge that says "goodbye" 19 times in a row at about 2/3 the way through the song.


Also Damaged Goods, by Gang of Four, has an ending that hits it 19 times in a row.


Goodbye Goodbye, by Oingo Boingo, ends with a series of 39 iterations of "goodbye" interjected with a couple dozen scats of "bye."


  • Well, if it's not in there it seems safe to say that I won't find it! I will report back when I've figured out which one it is. Thank you so much for assembling that answer for me! Above and beyond! :) Mar 23, 2016 at 11:38
  • Out of all of those Billy Bragg's "Goodbye Goodbye" sounds kind of right, although I certainly thought he said it more times than that. I probably just wasn't paying that much attention in the music store. Thank you Everett! Mar 25, 2016 at 14:03

It’s A Modern Myth by 30 Seconds To Mars. 1:52 into the video. https://youtu.be/1JOXYjr2EPI

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