When You Said Goodbye

Song Length 3:42 Genre Country - Contemporary
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Mood Poignant, Heartbreaking Subject Lost Love, Heartbreak
Similar Artists Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney Language English
Era 2000 and later

Lyrics

When You Said Goodbye
Lyrics & Music by & Copyright 2013 by Brian McNulty. All rights reserved.


VERSE 1:
The clock keeps ticking in this empty bedroom.
I hear the echoes in my mind.
The silence beneath feels like a cold, dark tomb.
Time seems so very undefined.

PRE-CHORUS 1:
In half sleep I've forgotten and have reached for you in bed.
When my hand finds only air I hug your pillow instead.

CHORUS:
Walled up streams of hot tears burst through and pour down on my face.
There can be so much power in an empty space.
I can't fill the hole you left although I've tried.
All my befores and afters-- they began and ended when you said goodbye.

VERSE 2:
Your place at the table--it whispers of change.
Your vacant chair tugs upon my heart.
A faint hint of perfume on your bathrobe brings pain.
I wonder how long we will be apart.

PRE-CHORUS 2:
We must have been made one flesh on our wedding day.
Because part of me was ripped out on the day you went away.

CHORUS:
Walled up streams of hot tears burst through and pour down on my face.
There can be so much power in an empty space.
I can't fill the hole you left although I've tried.
All my befores and afters--they began and ended when you said goodbye.

TAG:
All my befores and afters--they began and ended when you said goodbye.
Whoa oh whoa you said goodbye
For your very last time.

The clock keeps ticking.

Amazing vocals!! Great sappy, love song!! Love the imagery in the lyrics!! Paints a strong picture immediately:))!! Loved the pre-chorus!! And great hook... Radio-ready production!!:))

This song is very commercial so pitch it. Clever hook with strong verses! I can tell you're a good writer would like to hear more. You're inspirational writer like me can hear melodies great job

Love the song - beautiful lyrics and music!

I'm very impressed by the quality of this song the lyrics are great and the recording is very good.

Sad, sad story, beautifully and emotionally told in just a few minutes you had my heart breaking for you, which is what a good country song ought to do. You are a very talented lyric writer, with word pictures that jump out of the recording and right into the listener's heart. Reaching out and hugging the empty pillowcase, the vacant chair, perfume smell on the bathrobe. Of course it leaves me asking, death or divorce, you'll have to fill in that blank, I guess.

Lyrics Brian McNulty Music Brian McNulty
Producer Stacy Hogan (awritersparadise.com) Publisher Brian McNulty Music Publishing Company
Performance Michael Lusk, Brian McNulty & Friends Label McB's Records
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