Comedian and former BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Phil Jupitus and Billy Bragg go back a long way – Jupitus supported Bragg several times when he was a performance poet on the Labour Party sponsored Red Wedge tour in 1985. He told the Radio Times that Bragg penned this song in his living room Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. Jupitus explained: "I used to be a huge fan of John Peel's show when he did it from Peel Acres, so for my last 6Music breakfast show I asked my boss, 'Please can I do it from home?' Billy Bragg wrote a new song for the end of his show."
Bragg later recorded the song for his Tooth & Nail album.
Bobby Ruane from Endwell, Ny"Goodbye, Goodbye" is a poignant number that has a 1970s/early-'80s feel to it. It reminds me of the melancholia associated with graduation--and the fact that you might not see your classmates again for at least 10 years, if ever. It reached the top 10 of my personal chart in June 2013.