As people are fond of saying when things are too good or too bad, “This too shall pass.” This is just a sad song intended to make you feel better, because the day will come when he goes away. Parody lyrics written by Neal Phillips.
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LYRICS to WHEN YOU GO AWAY
When you go away, and we know you will,
then you might as well take your son away
and your daughter too, and that other son,
and Melania, talkin’ everyone
also KellyAnne, Sarah Huckabee,
you can take them all, then you’d better run
when you go away, and away you stay,
when you go away.
And when you go, it’ll be such a day,
like no day has been or will be again.
We’ll sail on the sun, we’ll ride on the rain,
we’ll talk to the trees, if any remain.
And when you go, and relieve the pain,
we don’t want to hear from you ever again
When you go away, when you go away.
On Election Day, when they count the votes,
pack your golfing bags and your winter coats
and the TV set where you watched Fox News,
call Sean Hannity ‘cause he’ll have the blues
I see the two of you on a Baltic cruise,
maybe Putin too, or is that fake news?
When you go away, and away you stay,
when you go away
And when you go, life will be sweet,
we won’t have to read your stupid tweets
We’ll laugh every day, we’ll sleep every night,
knowing the world just might be alright
You’ll wave goodbye with your tiny hands.
We’ll say “Thank God,” and “good riddance,”
when you go away, when you go away.
HISTORY OF SOURCE MATERIAL
“If You Go Away” is an adaptation of the 1959 Jacques Brel (Belgium) song “Ne me quitte pas” with English lyrics by Rod McKuen. Created as part of a larger project to translate Brel’s work, “If You Go Away” is considered a pop standard and has been recorded by many artists, including Greta Keller, for whom some say McKuen wrote the English lyrics.
Damita Jo reached #10 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966 for her version of the song. Terry Jacks recorded a version of the song which was released as a single in 1974 and reached #29 on the Adult Contemporary chart, #68 on the Billboard Hot 100, and went to #8 in the UK.
The melody is partly derivative of classical music – the poignant “But if you stay…” passage comes from Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6.