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How Do You Say “Goodbye” in Other Languages?

It is #SongLyricsSunday! This week’s prompt is finding a song or lyrics that mention any form of “goodbye”: Arrivederci, Bon-voyage, Ciao, Farewell, Goodbye, Hasta la vista, Sayonara, Shalom. My choice song is from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Starlight Express, which I mentioned before on this blog. I love the musical dearly, even though it is one of the oddest musicals in Webber’s catalog. What song is it? Read on further to find out.

And if you want to join the #SongLyricsSunday challenge, find more information on how to join down below. Anyone can join, even if you aren’t a music blogger.

Goodbye, We Will Never Meet Again

What was the song I picked from Starlight Express? Why, it is “No Comeback” sung by my favorite character Electra, who is performed by Jeffrey Daniel from Shalamar on the original soundtrack. The song was performed in the latter part of the Second Act when Electra lost the final heat of the big championship race to determined which train is the best train in the world. Humiliates, the electric train swears that he will never return again. He then says his goodbyes in other languages to make sure that the National trains from other countries understand that he is leaving.

The tune was only used in the first four years of the London production. It was cut from the production in 1988, but fragments of the song have lived on. Most recently, the chorus has been part of the final megamix at the end of the current Bochum production (that has been going on for 33 years, can you believe it?). Nevertheless, it still lives in the hearts of diehard Starlight Express fans.

Let me know what you think of the song in the comments? Do you like it or hate it? I would like to know!

Here is the megamix from the German (Bochum) production in 2020:

Lyrics for “No Comeback”

Clear my track you had your chance now
I’ll find another line, no comeback!
Losing’s not my style so I can’t show my face now
Find another place now, didn’t win so I’ll go
Don’t try to persuade me, losing always wrecks it
This is my last exit – stand by to fade me!

No comeback this is the last time
We never meet again, no comeback
No comeback this is the last time
We never meet again, no comeback

No come, no come, no come, no come,
No comeback! No comeback!
No come, no come, no come, no come,
No comeback! No comeback!

Adieu, mon ami
Addio, mia carra
Auf Wiedersehen, meine liebe
Sayonara…
EAT MY DUST!

No comeback this is the last time
We never meet again, no comeback
No comeback this is the last time
We never meet again, no comeback!


The Rules

If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Emily Fata

    I’ve never heard of this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical! I love most of his stuff though, so I should check it out.

  2. Kelly

    I love musicals! In fact, before Covid I went to the theater about 7-8 times a year and loved it! This particular one i have never heard of, but I love the lyrics to the song you picked!

  3. Tweenselmom

    Ooh, such creative lyrics! I’ll definitely listen to this song, I feel like I’ll get last song syndrome. haha

  4. Renata

    It’s a song I have never heard of, and haven’t heard from the Starlight express either

  5. Knashz

    It’s always nice to know a word in a different language.

  6. Aimee AMALA

    I love a bit of andrew lloyd webber! Wonderful blog 🙂

  7. Maysz

    Saying goodbye is one of the hardest thing to do but I would love to check this song title No Comeback nice song title!

  8. Ramil Hinolan

    Oh, I like the lyrics of STarlight Express. It tells of lady who is dreaming. She wants Starligght express to take her to a faraway land.

  9. renee

    What touching song lyrics. Love this one!

  10. Monidipa

    The lyrics are wonderful. Waiting to read others too!

  11. sumit walia

    this track has got such a rich history indeed,I really appreciate that you spoke about the genesis of the song thus making it more interesting to hear it

  12. Cristina Petrini

    What a particular topic, but careful and sweet that makes you think about the value of a goodbye.

  13. Agnes

    Answering the title of this post- Goodbye in Filipino is Paalam. 🙂
    One of the words I don’t like saying.

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