No Good in Goodbye

The first song on No Sound Without Silence.

All the things that we’ve lost
Breaking off comes at a cost
I know I’ll miss this mistake
Every word I try to choose,
Either way I’m gonna lose
Can’t take the ache from heartbreak

But as you walk away
You don’t hear me say

Where’s the good in goodbye
Where’s the nice in nice try
Where’s the us in trust gone
Where’s the soul in soldier on
Now I’m the low in lonely
Cuz I don’t own you only
I can take this mistake but
I can’t take the ache from heartbreak

No matter how it falls apart
There’s an art in breaking hearts
But there’s no fair in farewell, no
When I see you in the street
I pray to God you don’t see
The silent hell in I wish you well

But as you walk away
You don’t hear me say

Where’s the good in goodbye
Where’s the nice in nice try
Where’s the us in trust gone
Where’s the soul in soldier on
Now I’m the low in lonely
Cuz I don’t own you only
I can take this mistake but
I can’t take the ache from heartbreak

If I could turn back time then I would re-write those lines

Where’s the good in goodbye
Where’s the nice in nice try
Where’s the us in trust gone
Where’s the soul in soldier on
Now I’m the low in lonely
Cuz I don’t own you only
I can take this mistake but
I can’t take the ache from heartbreak

(Thanks to Helen and Danny O’Donoghue(!) for the lyrics)

Behind the song

“Obviously we’re the break-up above all and we noticed opposites in a lot of sayings: like saying goodbye or farewell to somebody that there’s no good in goodbye, no fair in farewell, no nice in nice try, no soul in soldier on. Everything a person might say to you during a break up you can just throw it back in their face. It’s almost like “don’t patronize me” in a way but it’s meant from an emotional standpoint. Just looking at life and lyrics and the polar opposites of those words that really shouldn’t be in those words.” (Danny)

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